To adequately capture the tangible and intangible heritage of the city, several initiatives have taken shape since 2011. Some of these initiatives comprise: -
Dilli Ki Yaadein is a multi-venue community-engagement initiative through having conversations and interactions with old time residents of Delhi and uncovering histories through memories of places, changing spaces, events, people.
The Dara Shikoh Festival of Memories is centred around the Dara Shikoh Library building within the Ambedkar University premises. The intention was to exhibit the cultural and artistic heritage of the diverse people and communities living in the city.
Delhi Oral Histories as an ongoing project focusses on recording oral narratives of the lived cultures in the city. Interviews and conversations with residents tell the stories and changing perceptions of ordinary people in the city. This is turn becomes an archival collection that can eventually be used as a reference or curated for different outcomes.
Delhi Visual Histories showcase examples of the photographic and creative arts - especially visual and performative- that reflect the everyday life and transformation of the city. Family photographs, mapping traditions in Delhi and other artistic representations of life in Delhi are usually sourced from individuals, families or institutions. Some of these photographs have been curated for exhibition, and most of them will be made accessible as a digital collection.
The Delhi Citizens Memory Project is envisioned as an umbrella housing multiple exhibitions and archival initiatives focussing on lived histories in the city, including city-wide oral histories projects culminating into and kept alive as the Delhi City Museum.
Initiated as the Delhi Neighbourhood Memory Project, there was an attempt to uncover and document citizen’s stories, private and individual oral histories and collections that will complement archival records. The project continues to conduct a series of neighbourhood-centred documentation exercises that come together in temporary neighbourhood museums, showcasing memorablia and memories from a community of residents.
The characteristic feature of the Delhi Citizen’s Memory Project is that it will focus on unrecorded histories of people who were not traditionally represented within written histories of royalty and the powerful. Therefore these recorded narratives will be in contrast to archival sources or mainstream historical sources – but with an intention of adding to the diversity of existing repertoire of history and narratives around the city. The initiative will solely concentrate on local histories and culture and all material that emerges out of spatially and temporally specific identities and local lore.
There have been two consultative meetings with experts on Delhi history and museum spaces in Delhi, for conceiving a roadmap for building the Delhi Citizens Memory Museum. The objective of these consultative meetings have been to develop structures by which a continuous interaction with the city can be maintained, using the City Museum as a node for possible permanent collections of people’s memories of Delhi.
Centre for Community Knowledge
The first talk in the 'Dilli ki Yaadein' series : Conversation between RV Smith and Lala Narain Prasad in 2013.
Signage installed at the Yamuna Bazaar by the ghats of the Yamuna river.
CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE (CCK)
The Delhi City Museum Consultative Meeting held on 28th October 2016. The Dara Shikoh Building is proposed as a site for this Museum.
Ambedkar University Delhi
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