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Every morning, I look forward for the sun to appear, the cool breeze to blow, and the sweet chirpy call of the birds, that makes my mind linger on thoughts of India’s marvelous cultural heritage and its beauty. The thought on the essence of our cultural heritage has a constant presence in my life. Never could I be able to stop wondering about the importance of our culture, heritage and surroundings. I pondered over these sites quite often, my mind wondering about the actual role of UNESCO in preservation of heritage sites throughout world. After an extensive research, I found out that one of the main roles of UNESCO is to encourage countries to protect and preserve their natural, historical and cultural heritage. UNESCO also works to safeguard our planet’s future for the coming generations. Heritage conservation is important for identifying, recording and protecting heritage and cultural resources. It not only provides a sense of identity, but also provides continuity in a fast changing world for the future generations.

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‘Words of wisdom’ from 91-year-old living legend of Kathak, Kumudiniben Lakhia, who is a pioneer in contemporary Kathak dance and choreography. Awardee of Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi, in her field of performing art, Kumudiniben is one of the most gifted Indian choreographers who have brought a huge change to Kathak’s repertoire. As a dancer, she pushed her boundaries...

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Ahmedabad’s architecture has been influenced by cultures from all over the world. Step wells, one of the splendid glories of Ahmedabad, were first built in 600 AD. Cradled in immense climatic variations and erratic monsoons, step wells had turned out to be the solution to some of the problems in earlier times. Step wells such as Adalaj Ni Vav depict six centuries of the cultural heritage of Ahmedabad.

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Ahmedabad’s Intangible culture offers a glimpse into the rich repository of history and cultural heritage of my city, which is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. Intangible culture of Ahmedabad reverberates a stronger sense of identity among us, which helps us recognize the influences on people, places, time, and events in shaping who we are, from where our feet land first, in our local land and environment

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The Chipko Movement was first led by Amrita Devi Bishnoi and later initiated by Sunderlal Ji Buhuguna. Sunderlal ji Buhuguna participated in the Chipko movement and fought the Gandhian way against the construction of Tehri dam. This non-violent movement inspires me to the core of how his dedication led towards the conservationnd restoration of India’s natural resources, during those times.

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‘Sustainability is the key to a better future.’
My mission is to collaborate with as many schools, institutions, & organizations, to connect with children of my generation, so that we youth, can seize the boundaries of our nations, put aside our differences & come together first, as humans & then as the future of this planet

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