TSEWANG RIGZIN LEH: Ladakh NGO Forum celebrated World Heritage Day on Thursday in Leh with an aim to spread awareness on heritage value of historic buildings and sites, that otherwise remained neglected. A Heritage walk was also organised which was led by Sonam Gyatso from Leh Old Town Initiative (LOTI). After starting from Leh Jama Masjid, the Heritage walk moved to the Ladakh Media and Arts Organisation (LAMO) Centre, where participants were briefed about the tangible cultural heritage of the region. A number of students from different schools took part in the event. Later, at Himalayan Cultural Heritage Fund (HCHF), Founder of the Organisation, Dr Sonam Wangchok gave a presentation on heritage sites of Ladakh. He briefed the participants about importance of the day, celebrated across the world. Speaking at HCHF, President Ladakh Women Alliance (LWA), Tsering Chondol talked about the history and achievements of her organisation. She informed that LWA was initially founded by Helena Norberg-Hodge to preserve, promote and propagate Ladakhi cuisines and later the organisation successfully initiated several movements, including imposing ban on usage of polythene carry-bags in Leh, about two decades ago. A photo quiz competition on heritage sites of Ladakh was also organised by HCHF for students and other participants. Various other Leh based NGOs, which took part in celebration of World Heritage Day included Tibetan Heritage Foundation, Ladakh Ecological Development Group, LOTI, REWA, Snow Leopard Conservancy, Nature Conservation Foundation, LAMO, People’s Action Group for Inclusive and Rights (PAGIR) and Students Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL).
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