Anthropology PG students Ms. C. Mariyam, Ms. D. Sanjana, Ms. P. Deepshikha and Mr. V. Hameed along with Dr. M. Ganesh (Guest Faculty) attended the National Workshop and Symposium on “Rethinking Community Cultural Engagement” organized by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) also known as National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal during 8–11February, 2024.

Anthropology students with Prof. Amitabh Pande, Director, IGRMS, Bhopal

During the workshop 30 renowned scholars from different fields of expertise delivered lectures on various themes such as Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, Indigenous Cultural Heritage, Safeguarding Living Traditions and Living Cultures, Conservation of Indigenous Practices, Indigenous Languages and Cultural Traditions.  The delegates had a rich dialogue on the future of community cultural engagement in the establishment of museums in India.

Students at the Anthropology Indoor Museum, IGRMS

The symposium deliberated on critical topics such as intergenerational dialogue, inclusivity, and the role of gender balance in cultural preservation. The workshop provided a platform to shape innovative ideas and strategies for fostering cultural understanding, conservation and preservation in India.

At Sanchi Stupa, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The students visited open-air exhibitions at the anthropological museum and had an immersive experience showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of the country. The indoor museum, “Veethi Sankul,” and a traditional technology park offered insights into the sustainable practices and technological advancements intertwined with India’s cultural tapestry. This symposium not only provided valuable insights but also underscored the significance of inclusivity and sustainability in preserving the richness of living cultures for future generations.

As part of the workshop all the participants visited the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bhimbetka Rock Cave Shelters and Sanchi Stupa and delved into the rich prehistory and cultural significance of these heritage sites.

Contributed by: Dr. M. Ganesh and students of Anthropology Department