Pune's cultural heritage revisited

Learn everything you wanted to know about the Pune’s cultural heritage at the eight-day Virasat Pune Heritage Festival, starting from April 13

Food hunts, cycle rallies and a series of dedicated walks are just some of the 40 activities that Punekars can participate at the upcoming Virasat Pune Heritage Festival, starting from April 13.

Currently in its third year, the festival is an eight-day celebration of the city’s architecture, culture and heritage and will take Punekars through the World Heritage Day that falls on April 18.

Prajakta Panshikar, consultant, Heritage Department of Janwani, the organisers of the show, says, “We started the show in 2012 with the aim to increase awareness about Pune’s heritage buildings among Punekars. Every year, we come up with innovative approaches to attract youngsters to this activity, like holding a cycle rally, a city food hunt, interesting campus walks, etc. Almost all the activities are free of cost so that more people can get involved in it.”

Several events in the festival are organised through crowdfunding, and will offer an exciting line-up of activities to introduce Punekars to the city’s culture and legacy, and at the same time generate public opinion towards the need for heritage conservation. “We believe that heritage is integral to urban development and we all bear the responsibility of transferring this legacy to our future generations,” concludes Panshikar.

The Virasat Pune Heritage Festival 2014 will include cycle rides, heritage walks and cultural performances

FROM April 13 to 20,
8 am to 9 pm

Things to do at Virasat Pune

April 13
>> Pune Heritage Cycle Ride from Phule Mandai to Shaniwar Wada
>> Lal Mahal Walk, Tree Walk at Kamla Nehru Park and Kathak Nrityasandha

April 14
>> Tree Walk at Alice Garden, Pune University
>> Maharashtrian Folk Dance
>> Street Design for Heritage Precinct at Vishrambaugh Wada

April 15
>> Heritage Shopping Walk
>> Handicraft workshop

April 16
>> Discover Art of Paper Making
>> 100 Years of Cinema

April 17
>> Nadi Kaathche Pune (River-Side Pune) Walk
>> An introduction to GK Gokhale’s life and works

On April 18
>> Council Hall Tour: Understanding Conservation
>> Trishund Ganpati: A Story Experience

On April 19
>> Ancient Manuscripts, Pune Ba>> ar Walk

April 20
>> Pune Food Hunt
>> Freedom Fighter Trail at Shaniwar Wada
>> Tree Walk at Empress Garden
>> Dhrupad on Cello at Vishrambaugh Wada

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