Such is the collaborative beauty of human existence and nature, that each fragment has stories which are intriguing, enriching and thought provoking. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) as an organization largely encourages students to stimulate and spearhead cultural and natural awareness and dwell upon its beauty in all glory.
Each gift of nature to mankind is laced with conspiracies of the universe which have manifested out of stories that are waiting to be discovered. INTACH projects serve as wonderful platforms to students to uncover these stories with their research and inspire them to master the art of questioning. The topic for this month was ‘Fabulous Fruits’ which required the children to present on various traditional fruits and read about their origins and journeys. This earth has such a rich nature’s basket which offers huge varieties of fruits relished by mankind. However, India with its diverse climates and landscapes is home to varieties of fruits which have religious, spiritual, festive and cultural meaning.
The students as a part of their Formative Assessment activity researched on topics like role of fruits in mythology, rituals and festivals, indigenous fruits, fruits native to India, uses of dry fruits & fruits and good eating habits associated with fruits. The students researched on fruits like ‘Belpatra’ and discussed its religious connection with Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful gods in Hindu mythology. They presented on fruits like banana and plantain that are native to India while fruits like Pomegranates which were brought in by the Afghan civilization. Students also worked on the history of how dry fruits came into existence and learnt that due to the lack of availability of a lot of fruits during winters, humans began to soak the fruits in rum and preserve them to be used during winters. This was classically used for the preparation Christmas delicacies like the Rum cake.
“INTACH projects always serve as a great source of extended learning which encourages the students to leave the comfort of textbooks and course material to research and learn for themselves,” said Mrs Manju Surendran, Academic Coordinator.