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The India Heritage Walk Festival, now in its second edition, is back with its month-long celebration of India’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, led by Sahapedia in partnership with UNESCO. With its varied lineup, it explores the diversity that characterises the cultural fabric of our country, such as, food, heritage, nature, art, architecture, and so on. There will be walks, talks, workshops and Instameets across India covering a broad spectrum of Indian heritage and culture. The festival has scaled in its reach through the inclusion of over 35 cities and more than 100 events across the country. Ranging from museums, historically significant monuments and markets, to explorations of interesting natural landscapes and areas known for their rich cuisine, to women-oriented narratives, the programme is curated thematically. The focus has been to encourage and increase different forms of engagement with interesting and important heritage spaces, while also ensuring that these heritage spaces are made accessible to various audience groups. These efforts have also been specially directed towards those groups for whom engagement programmes in heritage spaces are commonly unavailable, such as children, the differently-abled, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We have also curated special walks and events with specific user groups in mind, such as students, travellers, local residents, and professional groups such as photographers, conservationists, and so on. Through the festival, Sahapedia and UNESCO aim to highlight these issues to other institutions in the culture space and emphasise the need to make heritage spaces more interesting and inclusive.

Sahapedia is an open online resource on the arts, cultures and histories of India (broadly, South Asia) based on both curated and crowd-sourced content. ‘Saha’ (Sanskrit for ‘together with’), is an invitation to explore together the richness of the Indian cultural landscape. At Sahapedia, we appreciate that knowledge around each subject is complex and has many dimensions. Sahapedia’s platform gives users many options for finding their preferred way around each subject. At Sahapedia people can read articles, watch videos, listen to interviews, and browse image galleries. Users can also explore historic sites and natural spaces through virtual walks, timelines and interactive maps.

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NMDC

NMDC was incorporated in 1958 as a Government of India fully owned public enterprise. NMDC is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel, Government of India. Since inception it has been involved in the exploration of wide range of minerals. NMDC is India's single largest iron ore producer, presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore. Strong back up of an ISO 9001 certified R&D Centre, which has been declared as the "Centre of Excellence" in the field of mineral processing by the Expert Group of UNIDO.

UNESCO New Delhi's culture programme focuses on empowering decision-makers and communities to preserve and enhance their rich and diverse culture in South Asia, in particular Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka while having close working relations with our country offices in Bangladesh and Nepal. In a time of unprecedented economic and social change, UNESCO's mandate is to ensure that diverse histories, cultures and habitats are not only preserved, but also filled with renewed relevance for future generations. The countries in South Asia, like any other nations, have set priorities for development. Assessing their specific needs, UNESCO New Delhi Culture Sector develops and implements activities that would project culture as a tool for development.

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