Date: 22nd August 2020, Saturday
Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)
Link to the Recording: Audio | Video
The focus of this Webinar is on the lesser represented and largely unprotected architecture heritage of early 20th century India. The panellists will present perspectives on how Modern Heritage of India is yet to be recognised for its true value and given the status of statutory protection. They will discuss as to how international organisations like UNESCO, ICOMOS, WMF, Getty Foundation and others are advocating for the recognition of Modern Heritage in India. They will interrogate the role of government bodies, status of protection and community awareness that will determine the fate of modern heritage in future. What is the nature and quantum of Modern Heritage in India? How is it different from other parts of the world? Who owns and who values this heritage? What is the representation of Modern Heritage on the World Heritage List of India? What is the protection status of Modern 20th-century heritage considering the fact that ASI Act only recognises heritage structure more than 100 years old? Does the general public associate with Modern Heritage?
Panellists: Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO South Asia Office; Amita Baig, India representative for the World Monuments Fund; Dr Shikha Jain, Past Advisor and multiple grantee for the Keeping It Modern initiative of the Getty Foundation; and Nishita Kedia, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Anant National University.
Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University and Jury Member, World Monuments Fund, New York.