City in Public Culture

Session: Plenary

Topic: Culture and Development
Topic: Culture, Media and Local Identity
Chair: Saleem Beg
Speakers: Lalit Panwar, Indira Chowdhury and Divya Bhatia
Topic: Culture in City Planning

Session: Deep Dives

Topic: Culture/ Heritage -based Planning: Integrating cultural resources in planning
Topic: Culture/ Heritage -based Planning: Cross sectoral challenges in cultural inclusiveness
Topic: Cultural Economics and Poverty Alleviation
Topic: Creative Industries and Development
Chair: Rajeev Sethi
Context Anchor Representative: Shikha Jain
Ms Amita Baig
Amita Baig is the Regional Representative of the World Monuments Fund, India. She has over two decades of experience in managing conservation projects and historic sites in India and the Asia Region. She has worked with UNESCO Asia Pacific Region in the development of the Lijiang Models for Stakeholder Participation, and was also a consultant to the Gulbenkian Foundation, Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative; as well as advisor to NIRLAC, Jaipur Virasat, and Jaisalmer Heritage Trust. She joined the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage at its inception in 1984 and was Director General of the Architectural Heritage Division from 1993 to 1999.
Ms Laila Tyabji
LailaTyabji is a designer and Founder Member and Chairperson of DASTKAR, an Indian NGO working with crafts & craftspeople. Helping craftspeople, especially women, use their own inherent skills as a means of employment, earning and independence is the crux of DASTKAR’s work. Laila writes regularly on craft, development and social issues and represents the craft sector on many national and international forums.
Rajeev Sethi
Rajeev Sethi, Chairman and Founder Trustee, The Asian Heritage Foundation, is South Asia’s leading designer and is noted internationally for his innovative contribution to preserving and celebrating the subcontinent’s rich cultural heritage. For more than 35 years, through his work in design and architecture, performances and festivals, exhibitions and publication, policy and program, he has identified ways to bring contemporary relevance to traditional skills of vulnerable artisan communities and creative professionals.
Mr. Takahiko Makino, IHCN- UNESCO
Mr. Takahiko Makino is Programme Specialist Culture at the UNESCO Office at New Delhi.
Mr.Saleem Beg
Saleem Beg has a permanent base in Jammu and Kashmir and is currently Honorary Convener, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, J & K. Earlier he was Director General, Tourism. Saleem has been associated with crafts having worked as Director and Managing Director, Handlooms and Handicrafts.
Dr. Indira Chowdhury
Indira Chowdhury is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. Formerly Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she has a doctorate in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Indira has experience of setting up archives and compiling oral history for scientific institutions, non government organisations and corporations and creating exhibitions and books from the collections.
Mr. Divya Bhatia
Divya Bhatia works in Mumbai as an artist, artistic director, consultant and creative producer. Currently he is Artistic and Festivals Director, Jaipur Virasat Foundation; Festival Director, Jodhpur RIFF; Creative Producer, Eternal Mewar Festivals (Udaipur); Visiting Faculty, Central School of Speech and Drama - Applied Theatre Department (London, UK); Faculty at ArtThink South Asia, an Arts Management Fellowship Program hosted by the Goethe Institut, New Delhi.
Dr. Gautam Sengupta
GautamSenguptais currently Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Prior to this, he was Director of Archaeology and Museums, West Bengal and Member-Secretary, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India. He has written extensively on art history and historical archaeology of eastern and north-eastern India.
Prof. AGK Menon
A. G. Krishna Menon is an architect, urban planner and conservation consultant who has been practicing and teaching in Delhi since 1972 and is currently the convener of INTACH Delhi Chapter. As a Conservation Consultant he has undertaken many pioneering urban conservation projects in India on behalf of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and authored several documents setting guidelines for conservation practice in India, including The Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India, 2004.
Dr. Kulwant Singh
Dr. Kulwant Singh is working with the UN-HABITAT as Advisor for Asia and the Pacific since 2004. Before joining UN-HABITAT, Dr. Singh was Executive Director of Human Settlements Management Institute of India for twelve years. He was also Director of the Association of Municipal and Development Authorities (AMDA) India. Dr. Singh is a visiting faculty of the UNESCO-IHE Institute, The Netherlands. His teaching, training, capacity building and research interests are very wide. Dr. Singh has been in the urban sector for the last two decades.
Mr. S P Shorey
S P Shoreyis an architect and town planner currently working as Regional Programme Coordinator, Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction, GHK. He is also a member of the Hyderabad Heritage Committee and has earlier worked as Director, Urban Management Resource Group at the Centre for Good Governance, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Prof. Edgar Ribeiro
Prof. Edgar Ribeiro studied Architecture at Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai and Urban Planning at the University of Manchester, U.K. He joined the Government of India in its Town and Country, Planning Organisation in 1962 and became its Chief Planner (1983-88). He has published a large number of articles, participated in several national and international professional events and served on many government committees. He is currently Chairman, Board of Governors of SPA, Bhopal.
Dean Sakamoto
Dr. Sakamoto serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of New Haven. At Yale College, he is a resident fellow at Samuel F.B. Morse College. Dean Sakamoto is a multidisciplinary practice that is responsible for notable projects in the areas of urban design, architecture and exhibition design.
Ms. Manvita Baradi
Director at the Urban Management Centre (UMC), Ahmedabad, ManvitaBaradi has 17 years of technical experience in developing and administering programs for local governance, citizen participation, capacity building of local government associations and NGOs, urban planning, development of urban indicators and performance measurement and international development. Much of her professional work has been conceptualizing, operationalising, administering and popularizing City Managers' Associations in India. She has hands-on experience of setting up the first City Managers' Association of Gujarat, which was the first of the 12 City Managers Associations formed across India.
Mr. Vikas Dilawari
VikasDilawari is a practicing conservation architect with two decades of exclusive experience in conservation, ranging from urban to architecture. He is presently the Head of Department of Conservation Dept at KRVIA Mumbai. He was instrumental with INTACH Mumbai chapter to list the CST station as World Heritage Site in 2004. Several of his projects have received national and international recognition. One of the signifcant one being the restoration of Dr BhauDaji lad Museum in Mumbai. This got the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Excellence in 2005.
Prof. Kiran Joshi
Kiran Joshi is Professor & Head of the M.Arch. Programme at the Chitkara Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, Chandigarh. A conservation professional, Kiran has worked on several prestigious research, documentation and assessment projects. She has worked with the Chandigarh Administration on various issues related to preparation of a Conservation Management Plan, framing Heritage Regulations for Chandigarh, and the preparation of the nomination of the city to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Ms. Peggy Deamer
Peggy Deamer is a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. She also is a Visiting Professional Research Fellow at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Ms. Deamer is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architect. She is the editor of The Millennium Houseand co-editor of Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor, BIM in Academia (forthcoming)andRe-Reading Perspecta. She organized, with Phil Bernstein, both the “Building (in) the Future” (2006) symposium and the “Building Information Modeling: Implications for Architectural Pedagogy” (2010) symposium, both at the Yale School of Architecture.
Kavas JalKapadia
Architect planner from SPA Delhi. After completing my B Arch (!969) and PG in 1971 from school of Planning and Architecture (SPA),New Delhi. I worked in India for 3 years followed by work experience in Nigeria ,Iran and Singapore for about 5 years. On returning ,started my own consultancy and in 1981 joined the Department of Urban Planning ,SPA as a lecturer. Since then have worked up my way to the position of the Dean of Studies. Held the post of the Head of the departments of Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Architectural Conservation and helped SPA start the first time in India the UG course in Planning.
Mr. Himanshu Verma
An arts curator, HimanshuVerma is the founder of Red Earth a New Delhi based independent arts organisation that works with Indian contemporary visual art as well as diverse forms of cultural expression, started in 2004. Under the banner of Red Earth, Himanshu curates exhibitions, visual art projects, and art festivals. His curatorial work engages with diverse themes and narratives, such as Indian seasons and festivals, Food, Delhi, as well as other themes like masculinity, and contemporary Indian urban culture.
As an artist, he is involved in multi-media collaborative art projects.
Ms Poonam Verma Mascarenhas
Poonam is interested in architectural education, urbanism, conservation, traditional technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability. An architect and a post-graduate from University of York, U.K. in Conservation of Buildings, she has over 20 years of work experience in building with alternative technologies at Auroville, conservation and development of 22 government-owned heritage buildings at Jaipur. Her work is guided by the inter-relationships of human consciousness and the environment and believes in collaborating- which has led to setting up of a multidisciplinary collaborative space RAINTREE.
Ms Shveta Mathur
ShvetaMathur is Programme Officer, Urban Development at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). In her nine years of experience as an architect and urban planner, she has worked both at the advocacy and the grass root levels on various community development projects. Her primary area of interest in all projects has been to translate the needs and information gathered from communities into meaningful planning interventions with the use of PLA (Participatory Learning and Action) tools and community based mapping techniques.
Prof. Raghav Rajagopalan
Raghav Rajagopalan, 48, obtained his graduation in Chemistry from Bombay University and then his Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA in 1984. He has been a management practitioner and consultant in varied settings, both corporate and social. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at IRMA in 2007. He currently works as an independent consultant and practitioner on organisational culture and human processes. He has recently completed a study on the handicrafts sector for the Crafts Council of India. He is an Honorary Trustee of Samvada, a Youth Resource Centre at Bangalore.
Mr. Sandeep Munjal
Professor Munjal has been a Hospitality and Retail industry professional with over 18 years of experience. In addition to his academic responsibilities at IIMT, he is also involved with wide ranging consultancy assignments in the Tourism/ Hospitality sector. "Business Strategy" is an area of special interest for him. In recent years he has taken up consultancy assignments, and conducted research in the heritage tourism space. He is currently Assistant Dean & Head, School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementInstitute for International Management & Technology, Gurgaon.
Mr. Debashish Nayak
Debashishis an Ahmedabad-based architect. He is Director of the Institute of Heritage Management, Ahmedabad and is advisor to the Heritage Programme of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and to the Indian Heritage Cities Network of UNESCO.
Mr. Rajeev Lunkad
Rajeev Lunkad, project director at JalMahal Resorts Pvt Ltd, has dedicated better part of the last 15 years to architecture, design and environment. He has worked with renowned architect firms B.V. Doshi, SAAR and Rajeev Sethi, leading projects with distinct design influences.
Jay Thakkar
Jay Thakkar is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, and Research Head of Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. He is a professional consultant in Visual Communication and Traditional Building Practices and Crafts and the Hon. Secretary of IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designer) Ahmedabad Regional Chapter.
Jay Thakkar is an author and designer of two books 1. “Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh” (2008) and 2. “Naqsh: The Art of Wood Carving of Traditional Houses of Gujarat – Focus on Ornamentation” (2004). Matra won a Critic’s Choice Award – Best Written Work on Architecture 2009.
Ananya Bhattacharya
Ananya Bhattacharya, Vice President & Director of banglanatak dot com is an electrical engineer from Jadavpur University and a Commonwealth Scholar with Masters in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, UK. Ananya has 21 years of global work experience. Gender, Culture & Development and Sustainability are Ananya’s key areas of interest.
Her organization banglanatak dot com is a social enterprise working across India for protection of rights of women, children and indigenous people since 2000. The organization specialises in social communication and fostering community led development using culture based approaches.
Ananya heads the Project Management Group at banglanatak dot com. She conceives, designs and manages communication, capacity building and research projects on women empowerment, child protection, health, environment, culture and alternative livelihoods.
Mr. Manoj Neel
Mr. Manoj Neel is Associate Senior Faculty Information & Interface Design at the National Institute of Design (NID) R&D Campus in Bangalore.
Shikha Jain
Shikha Jain is Director, DRONAH (Development and Research Organisation for Nature, Arts and Heritage, and Chief Editor of the biannual refereed journal ‘Context. She is a consultant to UNESCO, New Delhi working on various urban conservation projects including the Cultural Heritage DPR Toolkit under JnNURM. She is also involved in Urban Heritage ADB funded projects for the State Governments of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
Her experience in conservation ranges from steering conservation projects for various state governments to preparing conservation plans funded by international organizations such as the Getty Foundation, USA; World Monuments Fund and, preparation of Nomination Dossier and Management Plans for World Heritage Sites in India. She has contributed a number of papers and articles on the cultural heritage of India in national and international journals and conferences and, authored and edited books.