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Champaner-Pavagadh became India’s nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for 2004. The Trust instituted the Viraasat Lecture Series which will feature an eminent person in the vast field of heritage issues. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor George Michell, well-known architect-art historian who has done path-breaking work at Hampi.

The Trust organized the third Champaner Dance Festival featuring Sharara Shakti Ascending, choreographed by Chandralekha with a live vocal accompaniment by the Gundecha Bandhu. It was supported by the Reliance Group and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The Trust published a reprint of Prof R.N Mehta’s monograph on Champaner – Champaner and the Magic Mountain – a book for children written and illustrated by the Baroda-based author, Rani Dharkar. A book on the extensive documentation of the 120 monuments at Champaner-Pavagadh is under publication. All three books are in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India. The Heritage Club organised a 3-day Workshop on Vavs (stepwells) at the Sewasi Vav for 300 children in association with CCRT, New Delhi, and a 5-day Workshop at the Navlakhi Vav for 1000 children, in association with the World Bank. The Trust organized an exhibition of old photographs of the city, “Vadodara: The Changing Face of a City, 1898-1986” at the Baroda Museum, in association with Friends of Museum. It was partly supported by the United Way of Baroda.