An enthralling evening that trace the evolution of Mumbai's Gothic building, which are today the historic core and defining image of the city's distinctive skyline. Bombay gothic author Christopher London reveals the fascinating social and architectural history of a developing metroplis. He will be joined by Abha Narain Lambah and Sidharth Bhatia for a discussion on the city's ongoing conversation plan for its buildings.
SIDHARTH BHATIA has been a journalist for over three decades in India and abroad. He was part of the founding editorial team of DNA in 2005 and managed its opinion pages till 2009. He is now a regular commentator on current affairs for Indian newspapers and on television. He has given several talks on politics, urban affairs, popular culture, the media and all things Mumbai. His book, Cinema Modern was published by Harper Collins in 2010 and he is now writing another book on India in the 1960s and ‘70s.Read more
Conservation Architect is a conservation architect based in Mumbai. Her architectural practice covers a range of projects across India, from the ancient Ajanta Caves to 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi and palace museums in Hyderabad and Gwalior. She has won 8 UNESCO Awards for Conservation and is the recipient of the Sanskriti Award, Eisenhower Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship.Abha’s practice is based in Mumbai and covers a range of Victorian buildings across India. She serves on the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee and the Executive Committee of the Urban Design Research Institute. She has edited a range of books including “Architecture of the Indian Sultanates” and “Custodians of India’s Heritage: 150 years of the Archaeological Survey of India”.Read more
Author Christopher W. London is an architectural historian who earned a doctorate from Oxford University in 1987 with his dissertation on ‘British Architecture in Victorian Bombay’. He guest-edited Architecture in Victorian and Edwardian India in 1994, The Arts of Kutch in 2000 and contributed to Bombay to Mumbai Changing Perspectives in 1997, Lucknow: Then and Now in 2003, and Banaras The City Revealed in 2005, all for Marg Publications. He authored Bombay Gothic in 2002 for India Book House. Specialties: History, Art & Architectural. Co-Chair of the Public Review Committee of the Historic Districts Council (which examines and writes testimony, bi-monthly, for submission to NYC's Landmarks Preservation Commission)Read more