Themes at GoUNESCO for 2017

Every month, GoUNESCO explores different themes in heritage. This helps us focus not only on popular forms of heritage, but some which do not get a lot of attention. Our interns are assigned tasks that follow these themes and we publish a lot of informative articles with the focus theme.

You can contribute articles, photos, videos about these monthly too! Or share on social media and tag us there – we are on facebook, instagram, twitter and youtube.

Here are the themes at GoUNESCO planned for 2017 –

January: Built Heritage

Built heritage is a complete, tangible manifestation of the intangible. The inception of any built structure stands testimony to the then prevailing culture. The popular ideas, techniques and skills, cultural values and norms, all shape up the built environment. This month we to look past just the age and architectural style of historic building and dwell deeper into understanding how these historic facades give us a glimpse in the bygone era and culture.

Did you know, the pyramid’s smooth, angled sides symbolized the rays of the sun and were designed to help the king’s soul ascend to heaven and join the gods, particularly the sun god Ra. (Courtesy: History Channel)

February: Local Economy: Insight into Traditions, History and Heritage

Often economy and heritage are studied together to see how the latter provides for the present economics of the country. However, we plan to study the two in a different light. Throughout the month, we focus on traditional industries prevalent in the historic core, the indigenous produce and products, and even other aspects that aided commerce such as markets etc.

Khari Baoli is a 17th century bazaar in the historic core of New Delhi. Bustling with trade even today, Khari Baoli is Asia’s largest wholesale spice market!
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March: Exploring the Unexplored

We owe a lot to local, national and international organizations for preserving and protecting heritage. These cultural remenants and natural sites need to meet certain criteria, embody significance, for it to be taken under the folds of protections of some organization. However, what about the sites that fail to meet those criterias? So this month we explore the lesser known heritage.

Koshy’s is a very popular eatery is Bengaluru. Not many know but this 1940 restaurant has even served some well known personalities like- Jawaharlal Nehru, Nikita Khrushchev and Queen Elizabeth II.
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April: Delicious Heritage

Food is an inseparable aspect of culture. The journey of food, right from cultivation to the mouth watering dishes on our plate, spells out uniqueness of a each culture. April might be a month to fool but we will get you to drool 🙂

Love coffee? Did you know Turkish coffee is on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?

May: Heritage Conservation

This month we trace how conservation as a field has evolved through time. We explore the different philosophical and cultural difference when defining the very term.

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June: Oral Histories and Traditions

Before writing, transmission of knowledge, values and tradition, from one generation to another relied on oral traditions. These traditions are not a thing of the past. Many societies even today extensively rely on this medium to educate the younger generation. Oral traditions are therefore a very important fragment of intangible heritage which is even recognized by UNESCO. (Read more here)

Oral histories too are one of the most prized sources of information. They help fill in the gaps and help balance out the written records. These narratives help us to gain insight into a different era and always from a new personal perspective.

Jia is an ancient oral tradition of the Miao ethnic group, which is like a poem with five characters and five pitches within one line. Jia is often regarded as an encyclopedia of the Miao and its content covers the Miao’s history, social structure, literature, customs, religion and even their ancient technology.

More themes coming up…

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