Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur in collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi and ICOMOS India is organising an International Conference on 'Living Heritage'. The Conference is being organised on the occasion of the Festive Celebration of Kartik Poornima in Udaipur, an Eternal Mewar Festival being celebrated by the MMCF. This conference marks the first in the series of programme and events that MMCF plans to organise under the theme of 'Living Heritage' in association with UNESCO New Delhi and ICOMOS India.

Theme and Content

The conference intends to present examples of Living Heritage in India and outside with the purpose to outline a clear framework to promote the concept of Living Heritage:

Target Participants and Speakers

Day 1

International Conference on 'Living Heritage'

Tuesday, 27th November 2012

Venue Sabhagaar Conference Hall, The Durbar Hall, Fateh Prakash Palace
The City Palace Complex, Udaipur 313001 Rajasthan, India
Tentative Programme
09.15 am Assembly and Registration
followed by Tea / Coffee
09.50 am Lighting of Lamp
Inaugural Session
10.00 am Welcome address by Ms. Vrinda Raje Singh
CEO - Joint Custodianship Initiative, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur
10.10 am Introductory address by Ms. Moe Chiba
Programme Specialist for Culture, UNESCO India, New Delhi
10.30 am Keynote address by Ms. Marilyn Claire Truscott
President, International Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH)
International Council on Monuments and Sites, (ICOMOS), Australia
10.50 am Special Address by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur
Chairman and Managing Trustee, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur
11.10 am Question and Answer Session
11.30 am Valedictory address by Dr. Shikha Jain
Principal Coordinator, MMCF Projects, Udaipur and Director - Dronah, Gurgaon
11.40 am Tea Break
Technical Session 1 - Topic : Living Heritage of Udaipur
Chair: Ms. Moe Chiba
11.55 am The Case of Udaipur and Mewar by Dr. Shikha Jain
12.10 pm Udaipur City as a Living Heritage and city to city partnership with The City of Strasbourg, France by Mr. K. S. Raykar, Director, Indian Heritage Cities Network - Foundation (IHCN - F), Mysore
12.25 pm Discussion
Technical Session 2 - Topic : Living Heritage: India and International
Chair: Dr. Vinayshil Gautam PhD FRAS (London), (Founder Director IIM-Kozhikode,
First Head - Management Dept., IIT -Delhi, Chairman - DKIF);
Emeritus Fellow & A Al-Sager Emeritus Chair Professor, Management Department, IIT Delhi
12.40 pm The case of Ladakh by Ms. Tara Sharma, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), India
12.55 pm Living Heritage of Australia by Ms. Marilyn Claire Truscott
01.10 pm Discussion
01.25 pm Lunch at Satkaar Banquet Hall, The Durbar Hall, Fateh Prakash Palace, The City Palace Complex, Udaipur
02.30 pm Visit to The City Palace Museum, Udaipur by Mr. Bhupendra Singh
Deputy Secretary MMCF - Administration, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur


Day 2

Kartik Poornima

Wednesday, 28th November 2012

06.30 pm Kartik Poornima Celebrations*
at Jagmandir Island Palace, a palace on an island in Lake Pichola, The City Palace Complex, Udaipur

As an initiative to promote the culture and heritage of Mewar and India, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur organizes the festival of Kartik Poornima each year at The City Palace Complex, Udaipur, under the umbrella of Eternal Mewar Festivals. The festival vehicles the values and history attached to Mewar and is a proof of the commitment towards preserving the heritage of the region by the House of Mewar.

Each year famous musicians are invited to perform at this festival in order to promote culture through music and also as an offering to Lord Brahma to whom the festival is dedicated. This year Eternal Mewar festival Kartik Poornima 2012 Experience the mystique of life! is proud to present 'Radha Raas' - sufi kathak and qawwali conceptulised, directed and performed by Sufi Kathak Danseuse Ms. Manjari Chaturvedi along with Qawwals from Awadh and classical musicians from Delhi. An initiative of the Sufi Kathak Foundation, the concept of 'Radha Raas' defines how a secular cultural spirit emerges when Hindu and Muslim identities merge into one another and transcend into love beyond the confines of religion, which is very relevant in today's time and is an idea that we think would find resonance with the vision and belief.

*Passes are available