The Banganga Revival Project was one of the first initiatives undertaken by The Heritage Project. The revival focused on programmes to bring people back to the site and relive its history and significance by uplifting spaces, enhancing experiences, developing interactive collectables for children, while enabling socio-economic development of communities living around the site.
We believe that art, as a form of expression, has immeasurable potential to portray Banganga’s essence – its community and way of life.
We worked with contemporary artist Shilo Shiv Suleman and St+Art India Foundation to paint the BMC School Wall depicting the story and life of Banganga – “Pyaas.”
Workshops were organised to interact with the community, involve them in the process, create a dialogue, and ensure their participation in the artistic process.
The BMC playground at Banganga was in a state of disrepair, not befitting the heritage site. As the only open play space in the area, it remained popular among children. We refurbished this playground into a marine-themed playscape in sync with its proximity to the Arabian Sea. The revamp was in collaboration with Anthill Creations and BMC – D Ward.
Banganga is a storehouse of interesting stories, events, myths, legends, history, and culture. We wanted to create awareness and share these stories, enable people to rediscover this hidden gem and remind them of its rich heritage.
To achieve this, we have partnered with KHAKI Tours to support guided walking tours around this heritage space.
We believe heritage revival and sustainability are only possible if our young minds understand its importance. We want to spread awareness about this heritage site among adults and our future generation, and felt the best way to make Banganga interesting for children was through an interactive activity book – A Young Explorer’s Guide to Banganga. It is a blend of history, mythology, and science supported by engaging activities to be conducted at the site, making the history of Banganga exciting and understandable for children.
In the effort to make Banganga accessible to people and enrich their experience, we realised that accurate and detailed signage was required. These would ensure that every visitor had an optimal and informed experience, while at the site. In collaboration with the BMC – D Ward and DoAM, we have installed information and direction signage to help in accurate interpretation and navigation around the site.
Conveying stories of the heritage site and upgrading spaces
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