Sahapedia organises walks touching upon the history and culture of Kochi
The older part of present-day Kochi has long been claimed by tourists. Once a hub of trade and a hotspot of cultural interactions, our own native crowd is not keen on fully exploring the rich heritage of areas spreading across Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
After setting up their South-Indian centre in Kochi in May, New Delhi-based art and culture organisation Sahapedia sets up walks to give deeper insights to participants on the historical importance of locales in the city.
“There’s a huge chunk of people in our society who have no understanding of the depth of heritage that we possess or even the importance of it in the first place. This is why we identify people, like Fort Kochi expert Antony Thommen, who are well-versed in local history to curate our sessions,” says Tanya Abraham, Senior Research Coordinator of the establishment in the state.
Addressing the youth
With their walks covering the western end of the city having been executed thrice, the team has decided to make it a monthly event, split into two batches. “One is for the general public, while the other is put together exclusively for students,” says Tanya.
The team believes that boosting the awareness among various sections of the society is essential in preserving the histories, as our education system is not competently up to this task.
With the success of their sessions, the squad is expanding their efforts to Thrippunithura. Curated by Balagopal C K—a member of the royal family—the walk will touch upon locations of significance (like the Kalikotta Palace) in the once capital of the Kingdom of Cochin.
As a part of their expansion plans to rest of the state, they are collaborating with the Muziris Heritage Project for explorations surrounding the ancient urban centre starting from next month.
Sahapedia also plans to engage the art and culture crowd with monthly talk shows by experts. Named Anyonyam, the November edition of the session will be led by Saju Thuruthil, a mural paintings specialist. On November 17 at 4.30 pm. At Palarivattom
Thripunithura walk on November 18