Celebrating our city’s birthday and applaud its heritage during National Heritage Week with a series of exciting activities, informative exhibitions, heritage tours and walks, bazaars, illustrated talks, and so on is the main motto of Vadodara People’s Heritage Festival. Hence from year 2015, VPHF celebrates city’s birthday & enjoys National Heritage Week from November 19-25.

This year, Vadodara is celebrating its 506th Birthday!

Remember, this is a People’s Heritage Festival, and if you think you have an interesting nugget regarding the heritage of Vadodara to share with the rest of us, just get on board! This Heritage Week is completely self-sponsored and self-financed. We are all in it together to celebrate our city and its heritage which is our pride.

Today, Vadodara (renamed thus in the 1970s) is a cosmopolitan, tier-two city, also selected to be a ‘Smart City’ from a bunch of fast-growing cities by the Indian Government. Over the last so many centuries, the city has seen many ups and downs, but unlike any other city anywhere in the world, it has a strange ability to hold on to its residents and continuously gather those wandering away again and again into its fold! Once a Barodian, always a Barodian!

The people of Vadodara will celebrate the 2nd National Heritage Week from November 19 to 25, this year and every year henceforth.

Events proposed to be organized during the National Heritage Week (this list will continue to be modified as hopefully more Barodians will join in.)

Exhibitions: A series of Exhibitions are being organized all over the city to showcase the various kinds of heritage that Vadodara has supported, promoted and sustained over the years.

Armoury Gallery at Manekrao Akhada: This is a rare occasion on which that Manekrao Akhada’s exclusive and priceless collection of Armory will be on display for the public of the city to see.
The Gallery will be open from November 24, 2016, Only
Timings: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Live demonstrations of Malkhambh, Rope-Malkhambh, Kho kho, etc.
Venue: Manekrao Jummadada Akhada, Dandia Bazaar

Exhibition of Omessa Fine Art Jewelry: Designed by Rahul Gajjar, inspired by the carvings on the heritage monuments of Champaner-Pavagadh and embellished with the ancient semi-precious agate stones mined near Khambhat, the display includes bracelets, ear-rings, cuffs, necklaces and collars, rings, cuff-links and kurta buttons.
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Venue: 203, Mangaldhara Complex, Above San’s Sizzlers restaurant, behind Ivory Terrace, Sampatrao Colony, Alkapuri, Baroda
Contact: 9825577388

Exhibition on well-known Baroda Wrestler, Shri Vasantrao Kaptan: This is an exciting exhibition of photographs and other objects related to the legendary sportsman, Vasantrao Kaptan, who lived and worked in Baroda.
Venue: Gujarat Krida Mandal, Polo Ground, Baroda
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 06:00 to 08:00 PM, every day.
Live demonstrations of Traditional Kushti, Kho kho, and other sports.
Entry: Free
For details / inquiries, contact 9825300484

All About Teeth, Exhibition at Dr. Chandarana Dental Museum: Perhaps one of its kind in the entire world, dentist Dr. Chandarana’s Dental Museum in Baroda opened last year to much applause and interest.
Venue: 22, Haribhakti Extension, Off Old Padra Road, Race Course, Vadodara.
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 09:00 to 11:00 AM & 04:00 to 06:00 PM
Entry: Free. For details/inquiries, contact 9408818885

Photographing the City: This is a Group Exhibition of photographs of Baroda city taken by five young photographer-artists.
Venue: Chameli Baug, Wing A, besides University Guest House, Opp. Kamati Baug Water Tank, University Road
Dates: November 18, 19 & 20
Timings: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Contact 9898069822

The Match Box Heritage: This is an exciting exhibition of various Matchboxes and their history, collected over decades by artist Atul Padia.
Venue: Chameli Baug, Wing A, besides University Guest House, Opp. Kamati Baug Water Tank, University Road
Dates: November 18, 19 & 20
Timings: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Contact 9824317850

Calligraphy and its Tools Exhibition: Ink pots, Quills, Nib Pens – all instruments popular before the age of the ball point pen! This Exhibition will have a display of Calligraphy Tools, supported by live demonstration by Manish Soni.
Venue: Chameli Baug, Wing A, besides University Guest House, Opp. Kamati Baug Water Tank, University Road
Dates: November 18, 19 & 20
Timings: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Contact 9824317850

Baroda State Medals and Envelopes Exhibition: This will be a rare exhibition of old Baroda State Medals and Envelopes, collected diligently by Vinod Shah.
Venue: Chameli Baug, Wing A, besides University Guest House, Opp. Kamati Baug Water Tank, University Road
Dates: November 18, 19 & 20
Timings: 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Contact 9898069822

Home Museums: We generally associate museums with large, vast spaces, government-funded, housing all kinds of wonderful and strange things – artworks, textiles, taxidermied animals and birds, manuscripts, fossils, historical artefacts, antiques and so on that tell us all kinds of stories about our past. On the other hand, home museums are housed in people’s homes, showcasing a fascinating array of products that they have a passion for and have painstakingly collected over a number of years. Since these are not public spaces, ‘home museums’ are open only when their collectors want to share their passion with others. So take this opportunity!

A Collection of Water Pots of all materials, shapes and sizes: At the home of Smt. and Shri Atulbhai Shah, Pen Point (first floor), Kothi Char Rasta.
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 11:00 AM to 07:30 PM, every day
Contact of Mr. Atulbhai: 9879786456

A Collection of Mahatma Gandhi-related materials: At the home of Smt. and Shri Atulbhai Shah, Pen Point (first floor), Kothi Char Rasta.
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 11:00 AM to 07:30 PM, every day

A Collection of Diyas, Deepmalas and Lamps: At the home of Manubhai Nirmal, at 1, Devashya Flats, ground floor, 25-A, Shrinagar Society, Opp.SBI Bank, BPC Road, near Gai (Cow) Circle, Akota.
Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 04:00 to 07:30 PM, every day
Contact of Mr. Nirmalbhai: 9824466939

A Collection of Spoons: At the home of Umesh A. Suratkar at Sona Building , Opp. Badamdi Baug, Shankar Tekari, Dandiya Bazar.

Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 03:00 to 06:00 PM, every day.
Contact of Mr. Umesh A Suratkar: 9825660779

A Collection of Children’s Wheeled Toys (1-12 years): At the Factory of Shri Trushar Rana at 7, Haribhakti Estate, Near Yamuna Mill, Beside HP Petrol Pump, Dabhoi Road.

Dates: November 19 to 25
Timings: 09:30 to 05:30 PM, every day
Contact of Mr. Trushar Rana: 9825125196

Heritage Walks: Walking through historical or old parts of the city is always a fun-filled exercise, especially when accompanied by a well-informed guide, who can open up layers of the city’s past. This gives the ‘walker’ a new perspective about the city they live in or are visiting, and understand why it is important to conserve certain buildings, monuments, gardens, avenues, iconic restaurants, shops, theatres and so on, that have played a critical role in shaping the city and its inhabitants.

Sayaji Baug and its Trees: Join botanist Dr. Jitendra Gavli, on an information-filled Walk through the city’s most-loved Sayaji Baug, and understand what the trees planted there stand for, where they come from, and how they fruit and flower. The Walk will be held on 20th November 2016 beginning at 8 am sharp from the Band Stand. Group size is limited so book early.

Contact of Dr. Gavli: 9725891033

Heritage Munch: Light on Calories, High on Culture! (The Food Trail Walk): Three nostalgic walks tracking timeless treasure of tasty treats led by Food Critic Adil Marawala to explore the traditional and popular street and off-the-street foods offered in Vadodara for years.

Please call Adil Marawala on 9998810363 for registration and details regarding meeting point, etc.

Kayavarohan Walk: Rahul Gajjar will conduct this Walk on Sunday, November 27. Kayavarohan, popularly known as Karvan, is situated on the National Highway 8, 30 km from Vadodara.

Please register for this Walk with Rahul Gajjar on 9825577388.
Group limited to 25 persons.
Participants have to use their own transport with request for Car-pooling.
Group has to gather at 7 am opposite Novino Batteries on Makarpura Road.
Fees: Rs. 250 per person.
Lunch at Kayavarohan Temple.

Kalabhavan Walk: Chandrashekhar Patil will conduct this Walk, from the Oriental Institute (opp. Palace Main Gate), Kalabhavan, Gujarat Krida Mandal, Dandia Bazaar to Arvind Ashram, on Monday, November 22.
Walk begins at 8 am from the Oriental Institute.
Group limited to 25 persons so please register with Chandrashekhar Patil on 9824372414

Ashtavinayaka Temple Tour: There are 8 ancient Ganesha temples in the city but they are at quite a distance from each other. However we have a heritage volunteer and guide, Shri Jamdar, who drives his own auto rickshaw, and will lead the tour. His rickshaw will seat 3 persons comfortably and with an average of 10-15 minute halt at each temple, this tour will take about 3-4 hours.
Please register with Shri Jamdar on 9898395989

Navnath Temple Tour: There are 9 ancient Shiva temples in the city. Heritage volunteer and guide, Shri Jamdar, who drives his own autorickshaw, will lead the tour, explaining the importance of each temple. His rickshaw will seat 3 persons comfortably and with an average of 10-15 minute halt at each temple, this tour will take about 3-4 hours.
Please register with Shri Jamdar on 9898395989

– Baroda Heritage Buildings Tour: There are numerous historical buildings in the city that belong to different eras, reflecting the different rules. Heritage volunteer and guide, Shri Jamdar, who drives his own auto rickshaw, will lead the tour, covering 15 buildings and explaining the importance of each building. His rickshaw will seat 3 persons comfortably and with an average of 7-10 minute halt at each site, this tour will take about 3-4 hours.
Please register with Shri Jamdar on 9898395989

Lets Save Our City’s History & Heritage. Lets enjoy & share this festival…

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