To celebrate World Heritage Day 2021, join us for the debut session 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. Gallerist, Shrishti Art Gallery Lakshmi Nambiar, Journalist and Heritage Expert Yunus Lasania and Co- Founder Lamakaan Ashhar Farhan in conversation with Author and Co-Founder & Editor of Live History India Mini Menon. This session will look at Hyderabad through the lens of the contemporary art scene, contemporary heritage initiatives, updated Hyderabadi cuisine and much, much more. Join us to steep yourself in Hyderabadi culture with a contemporary twist!
Lakshmi Nambiar is a Gallerist and co-creator of a children’s book. Lakshmi runs Shrishti Art gallery, one of the oldest and leading contemporary art galleries in Hyderabad. Since its inception in 2002, Shrishti has mounted more than 200 exhibitions in India and abroad. Shrishti aims to engage with the local community and make art accessible to the public by doing large-scale exhibitions using public spaces. Once such exhibition was Inbox, one of the largest exhibitions of three-dimensional artworks in India, mounted at Hill fort palace in Hyderabad, a 100-year-old abandoned heritage building. Lakshmi is also a co-creator of a children’s book titled “The Dot that went for a walk”, with illustrated short stories of 51 inspirational Indian women. The stories are complemented with beautiful artworks by 51 women artists curated by Shrishti Art Gallery. Lakshmi has over 15+ years of experience in private equity syndication and mergers and acquisitions for technology companies in India and abroad. Lakshmi has worked on over 40 deals worth $1 billion across India, Europe and US. Lakshmi is part of the Executive council of Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU). Lakshmi graduated with high honours from Boston University School of Management where she completed her MBA. She also has a master’s degree in economics from Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune. Lakshmi currently lives and works in Hyderabad.Read more
With 8 years of experience in reporting, Yunus Y. Lasania is a journalist with over eight years of experience as a reporter. He last worked as the state correspondent for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with Mint (HT Media). During his 3 years with Mint, he primarily covered politics of both the Telugu states. apart from business. His work also involved travelling to rural areas of Telangana and Andhra, especially to cover farmer/rural issues. Prior to that, he had two stints with The Hindu (2013-2017) and The New Indian Express (2012-2013). wherein he covered, history, heritage, civic bodies, consumer courts, crime, etc, among other beats. Yunus was also sent to cover the immediate aftermath of the 2013 twin Dilsukhnagar blasts in Hyderabad. Apart from that, he most recently covered the 2018 Telangana assembly elections, and the 2019 general (and state elections) in AP, and Telangana. He is also the host of Beyond Charminar, a podcast series (run on www.sunoindia.in) on the history of Hyderabad, which focuses on the lesser known aspects on the city, like the city's feminist history, to provide an offbeat and different take on Hyderabad. Currently, he is writing a book on oral history accounts of people who lived in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad (1724-1948), until it was annexed to India through Operation Polo, a military offensive, in 1948. Yunus also works part-time for www.saisat.com, the English news website of The Siasat Daily, one of Hyderabad's oldest Urdu newspapers.Read more
Ashhar Farhan has 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and 14 years’ experience as an angel investor and investor in ESDM / Nano-Electronics. At the age of 14, he became the youngest person to get an amateur radio license in India in 1980. He started his first venture at the age of 16, making digital token displays for Indian Railways. In 1986, he joined Integrated Data Systems as a part-time design engineer while still a student and built a paged memory system for the BBC micro and then a Point of Sales terminal based on it. In 1987, he wrote the first antivirus for the Brain Virus that was infecting floppy boot discs. In 1989, he started Computer Corporation and wrote an Urdu Composing System to address the problems of Urdu Publishing. Until then, all the Urdu newspapers, magazines and books where calligraphed by hand in the absence of any typesetting or publishing system. In 1998, he launched the world's first commercial VOIP service, hotfoon.com, as a network of peer to peer PC-based software gateways and VOIP clients that rapidly expanded to half a million customers and terminations in 14 countries. In 2001, he co-founded the Hyderabad chapter of TiE. In 2003, he started Phonestack technologies to productize the emerging VoIP technologies and provide call metering, switching, routing and business services to VoIP operators. In 2004, he designed the popular open source two-way radio BITX20 that is now a standard for all radio experimenters. In 2010, he established Lamakaan the open cultural center that has been the central place for startups, arts and cultural activities in Hyderabad. It is listed among the top 10 places to visit in Hyderabad by Conde Nast, NatGeo, etc. Lamakaan has also hosted the Startup Saturdays for the last five years. In 2015, he co-founded the Daana Network to bring the produce of the small organic farmers directly to the end consumers, helping to reduce their financial distress. In 2015, he started working on high performance tactical and commercial two-way radio systems with the launch of www.hfsigs.com.In 2018, he cofounded Exseed Space (also known as Satellize), India's first private space company that has launched two satellites through Space-X and ISRO. He is a partner in Exseed Electron Fund, India's only venture fund that concentrates on investing in sectors that are of strategic interest to India.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