The Guardian Minister of Mumbai Aslam Shaikh, observing one of the presentations.

From Mumbai’s historically significant museums and monuments to areas known for their rich cuisine and intriguing natural landscapes; different socio-cultural aspects and narratives from across the financial capital of India were showcased at a tourism festival titled ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ on Saturday, 29th February.

This thematic exhibition was organised by students and faculty members from Rawdat al-Quran al-Kareem school, a specialised educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community located in Mumbai. The aim of the exhibition is to cultivate an appreciation for Mumbai’s cultural diversity and demonstrate all the learning opportunities it has to offer.

The two day exhibition was inaugurated by Aslam Shaikh, the Guardian Minister of Mumbai, and was attended by many Mumbaikars. Sharing his experience, Aslam Shaikh said, ‘I am so thrilled to see how young students have showcased numerous aspects of Mumbai in a creative and enlightening way. It reminds us all the invaluable legacy of Mumbai which sometimes is forgotten due to our fast paced life.’

Talking about the vision of this multifaceted exhibition, the Director of RQK, Naqiyah Burhanuddin, said, ‘Appreciating our motherland and expressing our love for it in a meaningful manner has been a part of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s faith. Therefore to instil this value of love for our motherland, the journey of ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ began two years ago with a vision to discover, learn and celebrate the vibrant heritage of this beautiful city.’

Students from the ages of seven to thirteen embarked on a journey of exploration through field trips across the city. They visited more than 85 places and met with a host of stakeholders including historians, tour guides and many other people who showed them around while also sharing with them various facts and figures about the iconic landmarks, monuments, heritage hotels and other public facilities like zoos, gardens and museums. These learning sessions were divided into nine sections and showcased in the form of arts and crafts, models, skits, interactive activities and games.