Which is the area in the city that served as the horse stable for the Nawab of Carnatic? Which Indian island speaks Dhivehi, a language typically spoken in the Maldives?

If these questions leave you flummoxed, you may be surprised at the confidence with which teenagers of classes VII to X, participating in the Chennai Round of the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2014, shot back answers without so much as batting an eyelid.

Held at the Asian College of Journalism, the quiz series commemorated the 30{+t}{+h}anniversary of INTACH or the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

Sujatha Shankar, convenor, INTACH Chennai Chapter, said, “As a society we tend to take our heritage for granted. We hope by such efforts the next generation takes ownership and gets involved in protecting what is ours.”

The quiz itself saw 65 teams of two each participating from over 20 schools across the city.

The team of Arjun Pant and Sachin Vinaayak from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Annanagar, went on to the zonal finals. Here, they met their counterparts from Pondicherry, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Salem, Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore.

Zonal final winners

The winners of the zonal final were Adithya Sivasankar and G. Prashanthi from Sri Akilandeswari Vidyalaya, Trichy.

The girls will soon be on national television representing the southern zone in the national semi-finals and finals to be held in Delhi.

Sixty-five teams participated in the INTACH quiz series

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