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FSL-WC-211 INDIA MAHABALIPURAM SOCI, 02/11/2020 15/11/2020

TALKING STONES | FSL-WC-211 | 2020-11-02 - 2020-11-15 | SOCI, | Age: 18 - 65

FSL-India has been running workcamps all over India since 2001. Over the years, FSL-India has developed a strong network of local partners and local volunteers in the regions where we conduct our camps. In every workcamp, FSL-India works in partnership with local NGOs i since they are able to identify the problems and needs of the locality. This helps us achieve sustainability and a larger impact in the work that we do. Partnering with a local NGO also helps in reaching out to the local community. In addition, FSL-India works in various fields in cooperation with Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Ministry of Health, Education, Forest and Wildlife Departments and Local Self-governance Bodies.

Work: The Camp:Mahabalipuram is listed as No. 6 in the list of world heritage sites of India. Our camp will focus on the protection of India s cultural heritage and sites of historical importance. We will promote sensitivity and respect towards this World Heritage site among school children, college students, tour guides and the community with the cooperation of the Lions Club, Government College of Architecture and Sculpture, schools, local NGOs, and the local Tour Guide Association.Activities61607;Instil national pride in schoolchildren, make them aware of their rich cultural and historical heritage61607;Awaken your thespian skills with a Street Play along with college students to create awareness of heritage conservation to the locals61607;Help to combat global warming and also create pleasant, green spots by planting trees and flowering shrubs in the community61607;Use your creativity to educate the public on heritage conservation, paint murals in public areas61607;Have lively discussions with college students on the issues of conservation61607;Plastic and other non-degradable waste is choking our oceans and is deathly to marine life. Do your bit towards maintaining the marine health, join us in a beach cleanup61607;Develop your artistic ability, learn about the 4 main techniques of Sculpture i carving, assembling, modelling, and casting. Who knows, you could be the next Rodin.

Accomodation and food: Accommodation : At a rented guest house or hostel, with shared rooms. You will be provided with bunk beds. Toilets and bathrooms are separate, with shower facilities. Hot water will be made available. Food: South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safe, filtered water is available for drinking.


Location and Leisure: In the 7th and 8th centuries, the Pallava kings founded a group of sanctuaries along the Coromandel coast of India. Temples in the form of chariots (rathas), pavilions (mandapas), cave sanctuaries and a giant open-air bas-relief which depicts Indian rock cut sculpture at its very best are among the archaelogiocal gems you will find here. Mamallapuram, the ancient name for the place was derived from the name Mahamalla (mighty wrestler) given to King Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava dynasty for his feats of strength, one of 12 Indian kings who never lost a battle. The Shore temple built during the reign of Narasimhavarman II is believed to be one of the 7 Pagodas mentioned by Marco Polo during his travels. The many legends attached to these monuments are well worth a read. Interestingly, Quanzhou, a prominent port city in Fujian, China has recently unearthed evidence of trade links with Mahabalipuram, dating back to the 7th century. Korean and Tamil cultures are also interlinked, with about 500 words sharing the same pronunciation and meaning. Leaving slippers outside the house, green chillis hung outside to ward off evil spirits, and bowing before elders are some common traditions.Leisure Activities:You can take the cycle trail to explore the sights of this bustling town. Mahabalipuram is known for its myriad, exquisite sculptures, carved out of rock, with just a simple hammer and chisel, which have stood the test of time for centuries. The Panch (5) Rathas, built to resemble pagodas are an exemplary set of rock temples. They are said to depict the Pandava brothers and their queen, Draupadi.The Varaha cave temple is one of the greatest examples of Pallava art, dating back to the 7th century. Its enchanting location has been used for many an advertisement and movie shoot. The Descent of the Ganges , or Arjuna s Penance, is an enormous, rock-cut bas-relief, which depicts both of these significant events in Hindu mythology. The Shore Temple made out of granite chunks is another must-see. Alamparai Fort, a long forgotten trading post was constructed during the Mughal reign in 1736. The Little Israel fishermen s colony is the place to explore local life and listen to their tall tales.

Train/Bus station: Chennai

Requirements: VISA - The participants should come on Tourist visa

Language: eng,eng

Extra Fee: 17500.00 INR

The participation fee has to be paid on arrival to our Team Leader in Indian rupees.