The Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti is a custodian of 700 years of a living cultural heritage. That this legacy encompasses secular and inter-faith cultural traditions makes it even more valuable in today’s context. Consequently, conservation efforts in the area have to go beyond restoration of tangible assets to revive and preserve traditional music, art, crafts and festivals. The project aims to integrate the community with its cultural heritage by making its revival and preservation inclusive to the community’s economic and social interests.
Future of the heritage assets of Nizamuddin Area will be secured with the awareness of their historical significance to the youth. A sustained awareness programme with basti children is now being undertaken as part of the project. Awareness programmes for Delhi’s school children, through heritage walks led by local youth, form an integral part of the project.
The purpose of this initiative has been to educate and integrate the future stakeholders - The Children with their cultural and historical heritage. Children oriented activities like competitions, workshops and outings are regularly organized to educate and connect the children to their surroundings.
Over 9,000 school children each year have been walked through the Hazrat Nizamuddin Area by the Sair E Nizamuddin group. To make heritage walks an educational and engaging experience, the team ensures that students are exposed to local history in myriad ways, be it through heritage quiz on historical characters, contemporary landmarks, monuments and festivals associated with the Basti or street theatre by the children on the history and evolution of Nizamuddin.
Through heritage walks, street theatre, dastangoi performances – all led by youth from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, the project has informed thousands of school children about the historical significance of the Nizamuddin Area, its cultural and architectural heritage.
The heritage walk has partnered and collaborated with several notable organizations and research institutions, which now regularly send their delegates and trainees for the heritage walks at Humayun’s Tomb and Nizamuddin Basti.
To facilitate more schools into the heritage awareness programme the team members are giving presentations regarding the tangible and intangible heritage of the Nizamuddin area at various schools, training institutions and travel houses.
The team conducts the following walks which showcases the architectural and cultural heritage of Hazrat Nizamuddin Area: