Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Posted by: at 9/05/2017 01:56:00 am


September 5th, Bangalore. Tracing Narratives – the 11 day long travelling exhibition on ‘Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow’, concluded in Bangalore yesterday after receiving warm response in nine major cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore

Tracing Narratives, a Travelling Exhibition Concludes in Bangalore


The exhibition was attended by a large number of dignitaries, academicians, practitioners, students and citizens of Bangalore. Through the exhibition, UNESCO Chair at Srishti enriched the discourse on ‘natural heritage and sustainable cities of tomorrow'. It was a unique opportunity for literature enthusiasts, botanists, film enthusiasts, historians, passionate gardeners, planners, architects and designers to brainstorm ideas for future cities.

The narratives on natural heritage, man-made environments and landscape designs were on display from 24th August till 3rd September and were open to all visitors.

On 24th August, UNESCO Chair at Srishti brought the exhibition to Bangalore to engage people on the narratives of natural heritage, time and place with urban landscape and design combining an artistic approach with a scientific understanding.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Ms Nina Chandavarkar, leading architect of Bangalore and alumnus of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Professor Neelkanth H Chhaya, a well-known academician, practicing architect and thinker at Rangoli Metro Art Centre, MG Road. Dr Geetha Narayanan, Founder-Director, Srishti and UNESCO Chairholder had also graced the occasion.

Ms Ishita Shah, Faculty and Coordinator, UNESCO Chair at Srishti, designer, historian and curator was part of the inauguration. In their insightful presentations Ms Chandavarkar and Prof Chhaya captured the narratives of the travelling exhibition for academicians, students and practitioners after the opening of the exhibition.

Tracing Narratives, a travelling exhibition is the culmination of decades of research by Late Professor Prabhakar Bhagwat, founder, LEAF (Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation). In his address Prof Chhaya said, ‘the exhibition brought together traditional knowledge and contemporary practices, reminds us of our equal responsibility to nature. It allows citizens to take an informed view of what’s happening to the man-made and the natural environment’. Ms Nina Chandavarkar emphasised that ‘the Indian landscape is significant because this is the first time the narrative of Indian landscape has been captured in an exhibition and book format’.

Dr Geetha Narayanan, Founder-Director, Srishti and UNESCO Chairholder spoke about the various initiatives undertaken by the ‘UNESCO Chair at Srishti’ in preserving cultural and natural heritage in urban environment in different places in Karnataka like Bidar, Hoysala, Gulbarga, Western Ghats and more.

The UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat and Sustainable Development in India was established at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore in 2014. Since inception it has been working with public and private institutions, research institutes, industry bodies and government of Karnataka.

With its programme and activities, the UNESCO Chair at Srishti feels proud of the initiative and hopes to further stimulate a rich scholarly discourse in creating culture, habitat and sustainable development in India. UNESCO Chair at Srishti thanked those who helped and contributed for making ‘Tracing Narratives’ successful and expressed gratitude for BMRCL and government of Karnataka for their support.

About
UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development in India was established at Srishti in 2014. This recognition is nominated by the Government of India at the national level and evaluated and granted by the UNESCO General Assembly at the international level. The Chair recognizes the work of the UNESCO Chair holder and the institution in contributing to UNESCO’s mission and goals as well as provides a platform for furthering work in its focus area. It provides an opportunity to engage in policies and strategies at the state, national, and international levels, and to build national and international networks and partnerships with other UNESCO Chairs and educational institutions in related fields across the world. This UNESCO Chair is established in cooperation with UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.

Dr. Geetha Narayanan, Founder-Director, Srishti holds the UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti. Earlier this position was held by Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar until 2016, and she is on leave from the institution for next two years.
Vision

The UNESCO Chair at Srishti, an institutional initiative, is established with the vision of deepening the relevance of cultural heritage, natural environments, and their relationships with human habitation. The immediate activities are focused towards identifying and strengthening the interconnections between the tangible and the intangible, as well as between the creative practices in towns and human habitats, in and around heritage sites. Through such a comprehensive understanding, the Chair intends to conceive and engage with innovative, inclusive and sustainable design strategies to protect cultural and environmental heritage in today’s urban landscapes.
The larger outcomes of such initiatives would be to contribute to policy making in relevant areas, adaption of regional assets, enhancement of creative practices, expert training systems and socio-economic development in the identified local groups.-- 


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