An exhibition of photographs and architectural drawings of some of the oldest schools spread across the Dakshina Kannada district titled “Window to the Classroom – Looking Back at Great-Grandparents’ Schools” was opened recently.
“We should look upon the heritage of our ancestors with pride,” DDPI Sudhakara K said at the inauguration of the exhibition.
The government plans to undertake similar work by setting up Paramparika or a heritage corner in every school, he said.
“An amount of Rs 16.5 lakh has been approved for eight schools in the district. We look forward to working with INTACH to make this idea a success,” he added.
Vimala Rao, retired principal of Canara Girls’ High School in Dongerkery, appreciated INTACH’s efforts to preserve heritage.
As part of INTACH, a project to identify century-old schools was initiated by two interns from the Nitte Institute of Architecture in 2018. Of the 25 to 30 schools identified, 19 had been listed and architectural documents out of eight are being prepared.
The recent demolition of a public school in Puttur has given the organizers the motivation to present these centuries-old schools in the form of an exhibition, informed Subhas Chandra Basu, Head of INTACH, Mangaluru Chapter.
The exhibition is open until March 30
The exhibition is organized by the Mangaluru Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) at the Kodialguthu Center for Art and Culture, Ballalbagh. It will be open to visitors until March 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.