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The Heritage Club had organised a field trip to Artisans Village(Pilikula) and Bejai Museum on19th February 2016. All the students were eagerly waiting for this trip. Finally, when the day came, we left school by bus at around 9.30am accompanied by Ma’am Vidhya and Ma’am Juliet. We reached Artisans Village at 10.00am. We first went to view the Pottery Workshop. Here traditional and artistic clay products are produced and marketed. Different types of pottery items are made at this pottery making unit. Some of us tried making pots which was really exciting. Then we saw how edible oil was extracted using a traditional ox-mill known as ‘Gana’ in the local language. This working model was watched with awe and at present only gingely and coconut oil is produced and sold for medicinal and health purposes. Then we visited the beaten rice unit – Here beaten rice is prepared using a unique hand operated pounding mechanism. The stone carving and sculpture at Pilikula focuses on preserving the art of the people and is worth seeing. We saw the blacksmithing unit which manufactures sickles, knifes, coconut scrapers etc. The artisans are skilled in making items from iron or metal. We then went on to see the weaving of handloom cloth. The bamboo and cane work unit has a variety of products like basket, chair, flower vas, sofa etc and the artisans working there showed us how the chairs were made.

We left Artisans Village to Bejai Museum and on the way we saw Guthu House which portrays the rich cultural heritage of Dakshina Kannada. The Bejai Museum is a massive two-storied bungalow which has various paintings, weapons, sculptures and old photographs of various places in the State. We saw a huge collection of porcelain articles from China, Japan, Persia, Denmark, Czechoslovakia and England. After seeing and knowing so much about history and heritage we were forced to bid goodbye to the museum. We reached school at 12.30pm. It was indeed an amazing trip where we enjoyed as well as learnt a lot about our heritage.

Varsha Pinto

Class IX C

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