Tune in for the third episode of Cultural Capitals: Future Legacies of India’s Cities, an exciting new series of discussions celebrating the historical and current legacy of culturally rich, diverse and important cities across India. Dancer and Choreographer Revanta Sarabhai, Art & Museum Curator, Heritage Expert, Founder Vaarso Foundation, Raheel Patel and Design Entrepreneur and Founder, Raw Collaborative Tanvi Karia will be in conversation with Author and Co-Founder & Editor of Live History India Mini Menon. This session will look at Ahmedabad through varied lenses – the city’s exuberant performing arts scene, its rich craft and textile legacy, historical and architectural heritage and emergence as a design hub, as well as its fast-growing visual art scene. Join us on our next stop on this exciting cultural journey through India’s cities!
With her education and experience in the built environment sector, Tanvi Karia worked as a Design Consultant in London in the early 2000, mainly briefing and advising clients on new workplace strategies, space reviews and design management of large-scale projects. She Co-founded development2020 a multi-disciplinary development management consultancy in Ahmedabad and is the Founder-cum-Curator of Raw Collaborative a Design Platform that focuses on contemporary design conversations and curation with regards to Indian crafts and aesthetics celebrating behind the scenes narratives and processes. Her interest lies in bringing Indian design and aesthetics to the forefront through revival of architectural and design heritage. And to provide a platform that is a breeding ground for raw, authentic and honest design explorations to bring out a plethora of opportunities for artisans, crafts people and designers to collaborate, ideate and create.Read more
Raheel Patel, Mixed media Artist / Art & Museum Curator. Born and raised in India’s first world heritage city Ahmedabad, inheriting the cultural values, art, craft, practices, myths, legends & faith from his family, and Sampradaya (cultural & religious system), Raheel has not only learned these traditional art forms but also applies them to the modern world to understand Indian art and techniques at a deeper level through his business name Holy Cow Studio. As an artist, he nurtures the child within him permitting him to live within a secret world, use the memories of his childhood as both object and subject in his work.Read more
Revanta Sarabhai is a dancer and choreographer par excellence. Born into a rich legacy of dance, he received his early training from his grandmother Mrinalini Sarabhai and mother Mallika Sarabhai and made his solo Indian classical dance-debut at age 8. Bringing tremendous energy, masculinity and charisma to the stage, along with excellent technique in both nritta and abhinaya, Revanta is a rare treat in the world of male Indian classical dancers. Breathing fresh life into the ancient art form, his recent Bharatanatyam work breaks outside the boundaries of tradition, tackling themes that are relevant to the society today, taking the dance world by storm and receiving national and international acclaim across India, Europe and the United States. Rooted in traditional dance and performance forms, Revanta strives to create cutting-edge work that is immersive and responsive to the society and times we live in.Read more
Mini Menon is the Co-Founder and Editor of Live History India, a first of its kind digital platform focussed on creating and putting out multi-media content on Indian history and cultural legacy. Since launch, Live History India has reached over 100 million people across India and the world. It has also brought together over 150 historians and experts on its platform. An award winning journalist and author, Mini has also reported on the changing face of politics and business in India for the last 20 years Her last assignment was as Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India. In 2013 Mini’s first book, ‘Riding the Wave’ was published by HarperCollins. Mini has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence, as a young achiever and in 2009 she was adjudged the Best Business News Anchor by the Indian Broadcasting Federation.Read more