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Exhibition and sale by ITRHD, famous traditional silk weavers of Mubarakpur UP. Alliance Francaise, 72 Lodhi Rd, 7-12 December, 2018 ITRHD is working with the Mubarakpur weavers for the last 6 years as part of the Azamgarh "Creative Cluster" initiative, which includes the nearby potter’s village of Nizamabad and the musician’s village of Hariharpur. In all the three villages, the focus is on ensuring the survival of the traditional heritage assets and devising creative interventions that link the preservation of heritage to economic development and improvement in the quality of life. Mubarakpur, District Azamgarh, (U.P) has a long standing tradition and has been famous for silk weaving for at least 4 centuries. The village is still home to several thousand talented and skilled traditional weavers, who struggle to keep this precious heritage alive in the face of increasing competition from power looms and exploitative traders. Apart from providing marketing support, ITRHD has been working on design development with these weavers of Mubarakpur for 2 years now. As a result of the design intervention, this year at the festival - the viewers will get to experience and buy fine quality fabrics, dupattas and sarees in silk, tussar, chanderi and satin in a range of colours, motifs and designs, that have been exclusively produced for this Festival.

Azamgarh Festival 2017:

The forthcoming festivals dates, as indicated below, were noted by the Trustees:

For Phase-I (Date, time and Venue remain unchanged)
Potter Festival:
From 11 th Nov’17 to 15 th Nov’17 (5 days)
Venue: At Hall, SGF level, Alliance Francaise De Delhi.
Time: 11.00am to 8.00pm.
Classical Music:
From 11 th Nov’17 to 12 th Nov’17
Venue: At Auditorium Hall, Alliance Francaise De Delhi.
Time: 6.00am to 9.00pm.

For Phase-II (Date, time and Venue revised dates)
Weavers Exhibition:
From 13 th Dec’17 to 18 th Dec’17 (6 days)
Venue: At Hall, SGF level, Alliance Francaise De Delhi.
Time: 11.00am to 8.00pm.


The forthcoming festivals dates, as indicated below, were noted by the Trustees:

Azamgarh Festival

Azamgarh Festival 2016 to be held at Hotel Ashok between 14th to 20th, Oct. 2016

Launch of 5th issue of "Explore Rural India"

ITRHD proudly announces launch of the 5th issue of its semi-annual magazine on 6th February, 2015 at World Wildlife Fund, 172, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. Maharaja GajSinghji of Jodhpur has very kindly consented to do the honors. A soft copy of the magazine will be available on our website after the launch.

Exhibition cum Seminar: Indian Handlooms Search for a New Identity

ITRHD is holding an Exhibition cum Seminar at India International Centre Annexe from 12th to 14th March. Theme of the Seminar is "Indian Handlooms Search for a New Identity." The Seminar is on 12th and 13th March, The exhibition will be on display from 12th to 14th March, which will be of different weaving techniques from all over India.

Rural Heritage and Economic Development - Mr.S.K.Misra

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Global Heritage Fund (GHF) - Tour Report

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Seminar on Strategies for Rural Development and Heritage Conservation

The Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development held a Seminar on the theme of ‘Strategies for Rural Development and Heritage Conservation’ on the 3rd and 4th of March, 2012 at the India International Centre, New Delhi . The various topics which were covered in the Seminar are as under:

  • Rural Education and Health / Hygiene;
  • Civil Infrastructure: Water / Waste Management / Alternate Sources of Energy;
  • Agriculture and Climate Change;
  • Income Generation and Creative Cultural Industries;
  • Rural Heritage and Tourism;
  • Documentation (Tangible and Intangible);
  • Programmes ( special reference to North East);
  • Heritage Conservation.

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INTO Conference

Mr S K Misra, Chairman, ITRHD addressed the INTO Conference at its plenary session on 15th October 2011. The theme of INTO Conference, organized in partnership with The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and Heritage Canada Foundation, was "Connecting People, Places and Stories: New Strategies for Conservation in a Changing World." Read More...

The Victoria Declaration adopted at the INTO Conference in Canada for hosting. 
Chairman S.K. Misra meeting with Prince Charles in June 2011, at which time he advised him of the establishment of the ITRHD.

Words of encouragement from Mr Alkazi


Azamgarh Festival at Alliance Franise Nov. & Dec. 2017

This year, for the first time, the 3 elements of the festival viz. Music, Pottery, & Weavers were held on separate days but at the same venue i.e. Alliance Francise, New Delhi. This change helped to bring into sharp focus each individual event and the change of venue also brought in more visitors as it was centrally located. Also, for the first time we were able to arrange for publicity through two major newspapers viz. Hindustan Times and Times of India, which was a positive step and helped to boost the sales of the Potters and Weavers. As regards the music festival, the induction of Rajan & Sanjan Mishra on the opening day was a big attraction. The weavers had a field day as their sale (through credit cards) was over Rs.43 lacs as against Rs. 6-7 Lacs last year. The introduction of designers interacting with the weavers also produced good results. It was also clarified that the income from sales to the Potters & Weavers went exclusively to the crafts-persons and ITRHD did not get any part of it. The entire expenditure on all these events (which included transportation from Azamgarh, board and lodging, and publicity) was taken care of by ITRHD.

Patiala Heritage Festival

At Quila Mubrak Patiala Heritage Festival

Annual General Meeting 201

Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on 21st July, 2018 at WWF auditorium 172 B, Lodhi Estate, Lodhi Road, New Delhi -110003

Azamgarh Festival 2018

Terracotta Black Pottery Exhibition from Village Nizambad- The Azamgarh Festival 2018 at Alliance Francaise 72 Lodhi Estate New Delhi. From 20th-23rd Oct., 2018 11 am to 8 pm