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22nd July 2024 to 27th July 2024 (3 credits)

Storytelling and Theatre

About the Program

This course acquaint the students with a city and region that has not only endured but grown by leaps and bounds and enriched thousands through its long course of existence. : The course will give an overview of both Pune city and district which have been much-coveted by rulers and power-brokers down the ages for several reasons, thereby leading to its transition from a small riverside settlement to the very seat of political power and its modern-day avatar as an educational, industrial and cultural hub of international standing. The course will aim to link the immediate and ancient past to the present and the future, to connect the dots and show how and why history has a closer connect with their day-to-day lives than they would imagine. From the Stone Age to present day, the history of Pune and Maharashtra shows us how deep indeed our roots go and how high and diverse do the shoots grow.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the history of Pune city
  • To understand the significance of the monuments
  • To understand the cultural heritage of Maharashtra
  • To explore the monuments and undertand the evoluntion of Pune as educational hub


Prof. Manjiri Khandekar

Managing Director - Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Manjiri Khandekar has a degree in Ancient Indian Culture and History from St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications from the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, and an M.Phil. in French from the University of Pune.

As the wife of an Army officer, she has lived in 12 different states across the country. She has recently retired from the University of Pune as a lecturer for French after teaching Masters in French for the last twenty years.

In May 2007, Manjiri launched her own company - ‘Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd’ primarily to create awareness about India’s rich and vast heritage. The company has achieved this mission for the last 16 years through publications, online courses, heritage walks and tours, workshops, and seminars. Punyakatha – Pune’s Story of a Million Years, a children’s book cum family encyclopedia, is the company’s latest project.