Heritage is integral to urban development. Pune’s urban growth could easily be attributed to the legacy inherited by the region in the form of natural and cultural heritage. Pune has a rich and culturally diverse intangible heritage extending over two thousand years. Its legacy includes the rich and diverse flora and fauna as well as man-made structures such as forts, caves, temples, churches, wadas and buildings.

Pune has contributed to the growth of Marathi literature, folk traditions, Hindustani classical music, cinema, theatre, crafts etc. The city has also had unique contributions to the freedom struggle movement of India through the women’s emancipation movement, social reforms and up-liftment of the disenfranchised, educational reforms, political and defense studies etc. Historically, Pune has been the seat of spiritual growth during the Bhakti movement and intellectual and creative expansion in the due course. It is this intangible legacy that provides people of Pune their sense of belongingness to the region, a peculiar character of the city and identity as a Punekar.

Pune has been the “Cultural Capital” of Maharashtra, however with urbanisation heritage promotion, conservation and preservation has taken a backseat. For a person to be proud of one’s city he should be aware of its history and heritage. We, at Janwani, are proud Punekars. Our aim is to make every Punekar aware of our rich legacy and thereby instill a sense of pride.