Exhibition on Chhara Intercultural Exchange project

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

A exhibition on Chhara Intercultural exchange project is on display in the city. The exhibition is on project for “Communities connecting heritage” and showcases life of Chhara community of Ahmedabad.

The project won a global competition and was implemented by Vadodara based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre. Bhasha paired with the Department of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, USA, to work on Reclaiming Heritage: The Intercultural Heritage Exchange Project from February to July 2019.

While Bhasha focused on their work with the Chhara DNT community through the Budhan Theatre activities, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Department of Anthropology & Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado (IRCNOCO) focused on issues related to Native Americans, the African American immigrants and Karenni Burmese refugee communities.

The program employed inexpensive Virtual Reality technologies to engage participants from historically marginalized cultural groups in the United States and India in an exploration of their respective cultural heritages. Through virtual exchanges using the Google+ platform, participants interacted with 360-degree images that include ambient sound captured by lead participants and viewed through Google Cardboard Goggles. In addition 5-member teams from Bhasha and the University of Northern Colorado also visited the focus communities of each country on a 2-week Intercultural in-person exchange.

The week long exhibition is at Satya gallery, Navjivan trust campus.

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