To mark the occasion of National Maritime Day 2021, join us fora fascinating lecture demonstration on the nautical impact and influence that has shaped Mumbai’s urbanscape through the ages. Navy and Maritime Historian Commodore Srikant Kesnur will set the premise of the session by elucidating post independence connections between the Navy and city of Mumbai. Social Anthropologist Sarover Zaidi will present on architectural influences coming from innumerable trading communities from the Indian ocean trade routes. And Urban Conservationist and Author Kamalika Bose will present on the Forts of Mumbai that hark back to the days of maritime trade and warfare. These eminent speakers will then be in conversation with Commander Kesnur moderating,to further trace the city’s unique cultural and design ethos as a result of this cross pollination and also probe how these city relics find new narratives. Join us to discover unique architectural gems and Naval enclaves within a city anchored by the Indian Ocean.
Sarover Zaidi is a social anthropologist, working at the intersections of critical theory, anthropology, art, architecture and material culture studies. She has extensively worked on religious architecture, carceral urbanism and currently .co-runs a site on writing the city called Chiragh Dilli (https://chiraghdilli.wordpress.com). Previously she worked across India looking at issues of women's health and education, and has undertaken extensive research on religious iconography in the contexts of Islam & modernist architecture in south Asia. She also curates an interdisciplinary forum on art, architecture and anthropology, titled 'Elementary forms' and 'the Saiyidain Manzil Sessions' on south Asia literature, cinema and culture. She currently teaches at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture, JGU, Sonipat.Read more
Kamalika Bose is an urban conservationist and founder of Heritage Synergies India, a Mumbai-based consultancy. Her work lies at the intersection of built and cultural heritage, research and education, having worked on community-oriented urban conservation initiatives in Indian cities. She co-curated the exhibition 'Bengal's Durga' at London’s Totally Thames festival 2018 and has authored five books including People Called Kolkata (2019) and The Hoysala Legacy(2019). Kamalika completed her Master in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and was Assistant Professor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad from 2008-15. She is a recipient of the SAH-Getty International Fellowship (2016), the European Union’s Global Cultural Leadership Programme (2018) and the French Ministry of Culture’s international training program Séjour Culture (2018). Kamalika is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage and the Coordinator of National Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage, ICOMOS India.Read more
Commodore Srikant Kesnur, an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, was commissioned in the Indian Navy in July 1986. In his nearly 35 year career he has had extensive experience in maritime operations, training, leadership, diplomacy, and communication. He has been the Captain of two frontline ships and, in addition, his tours of duty have witnessed several important assignments, prestigious courses and interesting tenures - at sea, ashore and abroad. He was also the Defence Adviser at the High Commission of India, in Nairobi, Kenya, from Oct 2008 to Mar 2012, with Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Eritrea and Somalia as his area of responsibility. He has a PhD from Mumbai University apart from five postgraduate degrees in science and social sciences. He has been senior faculty at Navy/Military colleges and training institutions. He has also been the lead writer and Chief Editor of nine books and many journals for the Indian Navy. In addition, he has been involved with several academic, creative and corporate outreach endeavours of the Navy. He is presently the Director of Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai as also the Officer in Charge of Naval History Project. He has been conferred the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) in the Republic Day awards this year.Read more