Kolkata Centre for Creativity is introducing an Online Certificate Course on Museum Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Museology, University of Jammu. It is for the first time in India that such a comprehensive course is being offered to people who are interested in museum and heritage studies. It is an intensive, immersive, hands-on program that will provide the participants with the knowledge and professional skillset required to run future museums, cultural centres, and archives. This course is aimed at training both fresher and in-service professionals for their work in various museums, cultural centres, and archives. The course will not only explore the key theoretical frameworks of museology, but also focus on the practical aspects by equipping and enabling participants with the practical knowledge, information, and critical tools required for successfully documenting cultural objects, putting up exhibitions, and conserving cultural properties. Museum management, education, as well as community involvement will also form an important part of this course. Moreover, this skill-based course will not only create the right environment for the participants to gain useful insights on stimulation, dissemination, and rehabilitation of cultural heritage and museums, but also play a crucial role in enhancing their ability to plan, organize and implement projects as per international standards.


After completing this training course, participants will be able to:

- Identify properly both Cultural and Natural Heritage objects  

- Know the acquisition methods for proper collection of objects for cultural centres 

- Document Tangible, Intangible and Natural Heritage objects

- Apply preventive and curative conservation methods to protect heritage objects 

- Prepare Exhibition plan to display heritage objects using technology and latest innovative tools

- Making museums more appropriate and effective through this training

- Learn how to make museum and cultural centre as a destination of cultural tourism

- Learn how to make museums and other cultural organisation as resource centre for local communities 

Please note: 

- Course Duration - Three months

- Mode of Class - Online 

- Eligibility - Graduation/ Post Graduation in any discipline

- Number of seats - 50 (first come first basis)

- Important Dates - Last Application Submit: 16th August 

- Course starts: 20th August, 2022

- Course Ends: November, 2022

- Class Time - 11:00 – 13:00 Hrs (IST)

- Course Fees - Rs. 5000 for Indian and for abroad student 10,000 INR. The abroad students need to send application form first to kcc@akst.org.in then they will get bank detail for payment. 

How to Apply: 

- Download the Application Form. Please send filled application form along with other documents mentioned in the application form to kcc@akst.org.in   

- Please pay the amount by clicking the payment button (For Indian Students) and need to put transaction id in the application form. Abroad students need to send email to kcc@akst.org.in and they can get the bank detail for the payment 
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Programme Structure:

The programme has theory and Practical Project as components. The salient features of course are as follows:

- Two online classes per week 

- Class duration 2.00 hrs. 

Evaluation System:

The system of evaluation has a multi-tier system of evaluation.

- Internal assessment- 50 marks.

- Online term-end examinations- 50 marks. 

To know more details please call us at +919674140905

Or email us at: directorcsmju@gmail.com 


Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK) is an annual conference at KCC that explores our changing relationship to the environment.

The Fourth Edition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK IV) explores the aspirations in SDG 2030 (Goal 17) Global Partnerships and its role and importance in the arts. How can arts organisations and a diverse range of practitioners achieve more towards shared goals and aspirations?

SDG 17 proposes that when we work together towards the same goals, we have the power to achieve more. Sharing Goals means sharing a vision. In exploring these concepts, KCC is also attempting to create a longer term impact from the annual gathering. In doing so, KCC is keen to build new networks of solidarity. We understand ‘solidarity’ is an awareness (and promise) of shared interests, objectives, standards, and sympathies which hopefully creates a sense of unity between socio-economic groups and classes. Yet it also infers to the ties in a society that bind people together as one - without attempting to homogenize. Solidarity can therefore only be achieved through fostering unity, cooperation and community, notions all contained within the idea and philosophical interpretations of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Solidarity in a Time of Crises

In a moment of increasing awareness about the uncertainty, yet urgency, of accelerated resource depletion, the pandemic and its economic consequences – how do we overcome our feelings of helplessness and insufficient progress?

We believe that the 2030 17 SDG’s (17 Goals) can only be realized with strong partnerships and cooperation across socio-economic groups.

A successful development agenda requires inclusive collaboration — at the global, regional, national and local levels — rather than a top down approach. Therefore these partnerships should be built upon ethical principles and shared values, and an agenda placing people and the planet at the center.

Partnerships between private and public bodies and communities bring our goals closer to achievement. To this end (and beginning) VK IV has invited a diverse range of partner organisations and interdisciplinary practitioners from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to explore these concepts and to initiate new modes of engagement and action.


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Mr Gurudas Nulkar

Gurudas is a teacher by profession and ecologist by passion. His Ph.D. in sustainability within industrial ecosystems was followed by the Post-doctoral Endeavour Fellowship of the Government of Australia. He is the Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.
Gurudas has published four books, several research papers, monographs, and articles. His Marathi Book "Anartha Shashtra" has been awarded the Maharashtra State Literature "C.D.Deshmukh award for economic literature". He is currently working on three river restoration projects in Maharashtra and is part of an expert group studying the landslides and floods in the Konkan region. He has worked on several United Nations projects. Gurudas is on the board of Ecological Society, Pune, and heads the Symbiosis Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability, at the Symbiosis International University, Pune. See gurudas-n.com
Mr Parmesh Shahani

Parmesh Shahani (pronouns: he/him) is an author, culture curator, and LGBTQIA inclusion advocate. Most recently he founded and ran the Godrej India Culture Lab in Mumbai (www.indiaculturelab.org) between 2011-21. He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Yale World Fellow, and is presently a board member of KHOJ and Breakthrough India. Parmesh's recent book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in Corporate India was released in September 2020 (Westland Publications) and won the CK Prahalad award for Best Business Book of 2021, and his first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications) was released in 2008 and re-published in June 2020 as an updated edition. See parmesh.net


Ms Aparna Rao

Since 2004, Aparna Rao is part of Pors & Rao, a Bangalore based art duo working with objects and installations that often incorporate lifelike physical movement and responsive behaviours. Many of the works are conceived as a kind of 'being' with basic behaviour patterns such as shyness, fatigue and dependence, highlighting involuntary aspects of human behaviour and relationships. Their work has been included at Setouchi Triennale, Japan; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland; Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea and The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Norway.
The frustrations they faced over a period of 15 years while working with robotic technologies, created the basis of project PATHOS: a set of tools developed to realize a high degree of nuance in robotic animation and responsive behaviors, radically accessible through a browser interface. The project specifically explores how life-like animatronics can suggest complex inner states in inanimate objects. The toolkit itself consists of a set of mechatronic modules and software interfaces that are reliable and easy to use, especially for non engineers. PATHOS began informally within the academic environment in Switzerland in 2015, took the shape of an Artist in Residence project at the Wyss Zurich institute and is now an experimental project at ETHZ, as the Robotics Aesthetics & Usability Center (RAUC). The aim of the RAUC is to connect robotics to visual arts.

Mr Ravi Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental campaigner, writer, and curator. His work bridges the divide between art and activism, to politicize the entangled questions of nature and its futures. Using photography, video, text, and installation he poses questions about ecology and society, culture, urbanity, etc. He has been shown widely, including at dOCUMENTA XI, the Biennials of Havana (2019) Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Sharjah (2013), etc. He has curated large public art projects such as the Yamuna-Elbe, twin city project (2011), and Embrace our Rivers, an Indo- European project (2018), and was the photography curator for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 and 2019. He recently curated New Natures, A terrible beauty is born at the Goethe Institute and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai. He has edited books (The Crisis of Climate Change, Routledge, 2021; Embrace Our Rivers – Kerber, 2017), journals (Marg- Art and Ecology issue - April 2020, IIC journal Spring 2020), and publishes regularly on art and sustainability (Alien Waters in The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change, 2021). His works are in several private and public collections. Ravi is also the founder-director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and recipient of the UN Award for Chemical Safety and the Ashoka Fellowship and is a Communications Engineer and MBA by training. (www.raviagarwal.com)
Ravi is active on Facebook (facebook.com/ravig64/) and Instagram (instagram.com/ravig64/) – so please follow him there for more recent updates.
Mr Ajay Mittal 

Ajay Mittal is the Director of Climate Change Programs for South and South East Asia. He leads EDN’s Climate Change programs. These include several that focus on clean and green energies such as ‘Each One Save One’, that calls upon citizens to save a minimum of one Watt of Energy leading to a combined number that runs into millions. ‘Healthy Energy’ reaches out to rural women to help them adopt non-fossil fuels. ‘Make A Bright Choice’ works to get citizens to make a change to energy-saving light bulbs. ‘Low Carbon Lifestyles’ helps youth reduce their carbon footprints. ‘Farmers For Earth’ encourages environment-friendly agricultural practices such as adopting solar for Irrigation. ‘Solar for Schools’ helps academic institutions switch to renewable energy use. Ajay also works towards ensuring better air quality in India. In 2017 he initiated the movement Kolkata Clean Air which has grown into Active Citizens Together for Sustainability that works towards a citizen-state partnership model to build sustainable cities. His efforts have been widely recognized by the media.
Presently he is working on a campaign to bring back cycling as a means of transport in Indian cities. For all of these, Ajay reaches out to his vast networks of organizations and individuals as meaningful partners to support each of the initiatives. Ajay also has responsibility for the ‘Star Villages’ campaign. This recognizes villages in India that successfully implement noteworthy environmental practices in their areas.
Ajay is a born activist. He is passionate about scaling up social solutions using technology, innovation and simplicity. Ajay is with the Climate Action Steering Committee of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Ajay has been recognized as an EE 30 Under 30 leaders 2019 cohort by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Ajay also works on helping reduce water wastage. The Government of India named him a ‘Water Hero’ for his efforts in water conservation.Ajay is active on Instagram (@) and Facebook & LinkedIn (@) – so please follow him there for more recent updates.
Mr Adrian Notz

Adrian Notz is a curator at the ‘ETH AI Center’ and the ‘Tichy Ocean Foundation’. He is also a mentor for the creative strategy and vision at the ‘European Center for Contemporary Art’, Cluj and ‘Chevalier de la Tombe de Bakunin’. He was the artistic director of ‘Cabaret Voltaire', Zurich (2012-2019) and headed the ‘Department for Fine Arts at the School of Design’ in St. Gallen (2010 - 2015). He has organized and curated numerous exhibitions, events, conferences and interventions with international artists, activists and thinkers.
Mr Aric Chen

Aric Chen is General and Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch national institute and museum for architecture, design and digital culture in Rotterdam. American-born, Chen previously served as Professor and founding Director of the Curatorial Lab at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai; Curatorial Director of the Design Miami fairs in Miami Beach and Basel; Creative Director of Beijing Design Week; and Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, Hong Kong, where he oversaw the formation of that new museum’s design and architecture collection and program.
In addition, Chen has curated dozens of museum exhibitions and other projects internationally, served on numerous boards and juries, and acted as advisor to the UABB Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, London Design Biennial, Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial (New York), and Gwangju Design Biennale. He is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, and other publications.
Aric is active on Instagram (@aricchen) – so please follow him there for more recent updates.
Mr Mrinal Mandal

Mrinal Mandal, a visual artist from Kolkata, is the founder of ‘Chalchitra Academy’. The primary aim of this initiative is to disseminate knowledge about various dying art forms in our country. Its venture - 'Khwabgaon', is an ongoing project with the Lodha-Sabar marginalized community. He has been working towards tapping the raw talent of the local children and has arranged regular classes and workshops to facilitate their art education. He has also incorporated skill-building initiatives to empower and build a self-sustaining ecosystem for them. He has held four solo shows and has engaged in a site-specific installation project titled 'Roots', highlighting the devastating impact of socio-political factors on ecology. He has also worked as an assistant art director with Shyam Benegal on the film ‘Bose: The Forgotten Hero’. His works have won multiple awards, such as the 'Govt. Art College Award', the 'Gaganendranath Tagore memorial Award' and the 'Gopal Ghose Memorial Scholarship'. During the pandemic, he worked as a resource person for a UNICEF funded public awareness project led by Jadavpur University.

Mr K. S. Radhakrishnan

K. S. RadhakrishnanK. S. Radhakrishnan is a well-known sculptor and is recognized as one of the most significant figures of contemporary Indian art. He was awarded a research grant by ‘Lalit Kala Akademi’, Delhi, to work in Garhi Village. Since then has had more than fifteen solo shows, including at ‘National Gallery of Modern Art’ (Bengaluru), ‘Centre des Bords de Marne’, ‘LePerreux-Brysur-Marne’ (France), and ‘Birla Academy of Art and Culture’ (Kolkata) amongst others. His work has been displayed in numerous group shows, including - the ‘National Exhibition’ in New Delhi; ‘Triennalle India’; ‘Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine’, Paris and many more. From the 1980s onwards, he has installed open-air sculptures across the country and abroad, including at the ‘TMI foundation’, ‘Cotignac’, France. He has curated the exhibition ‘Ramkinkar Baij - A Retrospective at National Gallery of Modern Art', New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. He has written a book titled Ramkinkar’s Yaksha Yakshi.
Mr Ajay Dalmia

Ajay Dalmia, co-Founder of DLRC, brings a wealth of diverse experience across different business disciplines. Prior to co-founding DLRC, he managed Green School (Bali, Indonesia) and had cross-functional experience in the corporate sector. Ajay holds a MBA (Marketing and Finance) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Akron, OH, USA. While he has done his graduation in Mechanical Engineering, he loves History and facilitates the subject to students in G11 and G12. At the same time, he is passionate about Maths and drives the pedagogy at DLRC. Ajay is a passionate trekker, runner, cyclist and camping enthusiast.
DLRC is a K-12 learning space buzzing with exploration, experimentations and creation that value nature and its every creation big and small. A space where experiences of the head, heart and hands are extended to others who have embarked on the lifelong journey of learning and doing. In our nature inspired structures, some of our ongoing programs are: Internship / Design Lab / Self Directed Learning / Higher Learning Dialogue / Teacher Development Programs. See:dlrc.in
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Mr Divya Bhatia

Divya Bhatia is a versatile arts professional with experience across a variety of disciplines. He is an independent festival programmer and producer, performing arts consultant and actor. He is Artistic Director and Producer of Jodhpur RIFF, India’s premiere folk/ jazz/ roots music festival; Artistic Consultant at ComplexCity, a festival in Mumbai produced by YUVA; visiting faculty for Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London UK and India partner for their International Collaborative Outreach program; faculty at the South Asia Festivals Academy. He regularly presents and produces/ co-produces international music and theatre projects out of India, having toured artists in India, UK, South Africa, Europe, China and Australia. Divya has served on the Jury of WOMEX in 2019 and is on the global jury for the Aga Khan Music Awards 2022. Based in Mumbai, his other interests include contemporary dance, film, trekking, travelling and politics.
Divya is active on Instagram (@divyapkb) and Facebook (@divyakumarbhatia)– so please follow him there for more recent updates.
Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty

Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty, IAS (retired in the rank of Secretary, Govt. of India), M.A. (Kolkata), M.P.A. (Harvard), Ph.D., Fine Arts (Harvard), is President, People's Council of Education, Allahabad and Distinguished Professor, Centre for Knowledge Societies, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Paralakhemundi, Odisha.
Dr. Chakravarty has been Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi; Director General, National Museum; Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi; Chairman, National Screening and Evaluation Committee, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI); Director, National Museum of Mankind (IGRMS), Bhopal; and Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA). He has headed the Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management (DIHRM) as Vice Chairman. He has also chaired the Bhasha Trust, Baroda.His publications include exhibition catalogues, edited journals on Art, books and articles on Family, Tribal Identity, Indigeneity, Education, Rock Art, Folk and Tribal Art, Khajuraho, Gwalior Fort, Orccha, Bodhgaya, Ujjayini, Vidisha, New Museology, Archaeology, Indology and Sanskritic traditions. Dr. Chakravarty has reinvented cognitive categories; nurtured relations among cultures, disciplines and arts; strategised culture specific governance and diplomacy; restored vanishing links of cultural, linguistic, biological diversity; regenerated community habitats as living museums; and rebuilt crumbling bridges between culture and development. He is known for fusing theory and practice in promoting cultural survival, environmental self-determination and sustainable knowledge systems of marginalized communities.
Ms Pauline Laravoire

Pauline Laravoire is the co-founder of 'AQWA' and 'Y-East' and the Director of 'Techno India Group'. She strives to create learning and professional opportunities for students in the sustainability sector. Being associated with the following community-based ventures: 'Youth for Sustainability India Alliance' and 'Learning Planet’, she has developed expertise and a passion for building greener communities.
Ms Aditi Ghose

Trained in Chemistry at Graduation, did Masters in Environmental Science, completed Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and another Masters in the same discipline. All along, the objective was to develop a broad-based understanding of science, doing by practising, and knowing the tools, while communicating it as often I get the opportunity. Writing on any subject worth telling about is a vocation I wish and try to pursue. Cultivate a keen interest in multimedia techniques for scientific visualization.

Mr Subha Sankar Ghosh  

I am a nature lover who believes that nothing compares with the beauty of nature. My mission in life is to spread awareness about the environment among the impressionable minds, employing methods that are little different from conventional methods.
Presently I am working as a curator at Science City, Kolkata which is a unit of the National Council of Science Museum, Government of India. Professionally I have done MPhil and MBA in Human Resource Management. Before that I did my Post Graduation and B.Ed in Life Sciences. At the beginning of my career, I taught senior students for about 10 years before moving into the field of science museums. 
Mr Saket Singh Kaurav

Saket Singh Kaurav did his M.Sc. in Physics from the Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Physics & Electronics, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur in 2007. He has worked as a junior research fellow in the Infrared Astronomy Group of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai from 2008 to 2010. He also did an internship in the Infrared/Submillimeter Astronomy Group of Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Munich, Germany from January 2010 to March 2010. In 2010, He joined the National Council of Science Museums (Hqrs), Kolkata, a scientific autonomous non-profit organisation, functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, as a curator (a scientific position) and worked there till Jan 2013. From Feb 2013 to Sept 2020, He worked at Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, and from Oct 2020 to till now, he is working at Regional Science Centre, Bhopal. He is a curator having experience of 11 plus years in conceptualising, designing, developing, and coordinating thematic and travelling science exhibitions, exhibits, educational programmes and activities for the public in general and students & teachers in particular towards dissemination of science & technology. He has conceptualised and curated four travelling exhibitions namely 'Beyond the Limit: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar', 'Disaster: Preparing for the worst', 'Planet Under Pressure' and 'The Future of the Food: Pulses'. He has also conceptualised and curated a thematic science gallery 'Hall of Aviation and Space' at the Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, which was part of major renovation & up-gradation, and financially supported by the Airports Authority of India. He has participated in the conference(s) and workshops. He has also published researched papers in leading science journal, and wrote popular science articles in leading popular science magazines and newspapers in Hindi and English languages for the dissemination of science & technology.

Speakers from Princely States

Maharajkumari Dr. Jyotsna Singh

Director for Dara Shikoh Centre for the Arts and The Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Jammu and Kashmir, India

As Director for Dara Shikoh Centre for the Arts, Dr. Singh is an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the region. She has a PhD in Philosophy from Delhi University, and also serves as the Director of the Amar Mahal Museum and Library in Jammu. At Almond Villa, she pursues her love for pottery and enamel design while .
Maharajkumari Veeranganakumari Solanki

Maharajkumari Veeranganakumari Solanki is an independent curator and writer.

She is interested in the way interdisciplinary forms and creative practices merge to create dialogues in public and private spaces and the convergence of images across disciplines. Further, her research and practice consider how historical and contemporary thought inform exhibition-making and artistic practices to expand the ideas of medium specificity through narration, memory, time and story-telling. Her curatorial discourse has focused primarily on art practices within South Asia and its diasporic context. Veerangana was the Exhibition Design Team Lead for the Kathmandu Triennale 2077 (2022), the 2019 Brooks International Research Fellow at Tate Modern and a resident at Delfina Foundation. Currently, she is the curator of Future Landing at the Serendipity Virtual Arts Festival, the Programme Director for Space Studio, Baroda and a core team member of Art Chain India.
Maharajkumari  Vaishnavi Kumari

Maharajkumari  Vaishnavi Kumari, Founder Studio Kishangarh.

Kishangarh is renowned for its unique style of miniature painting. A style Vaishnavi hopes to preserve through Studio Kishangarh, founded in 2010. Working with artists and their families, the studio hopes to bring a contemporary touch to the traditional art form. A graduate from institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Vaishnavi brought academic rigour to the initiative. That, mixed with her natural inclination towards art and aesthetics, has helped her realize that we “live in a large world but can think locally”.
Maharajkumari Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil

Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil has a BA Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and an MA in Heritage Management and Conservation from Durham University, U.K. She has worked as a researcher for Durham UNESCO Chair in Lumbini, Nepal,prior to which, she worked at CSMVS Mumbai. Born into the erstwhile royal family of Bhavnagar, Gujarat, Brijeshwari has been interested in the field of heritage from childhood where she was exposed to an environment of art and historically significant objects and artefacts.The exposure to her family trust, which maintains heritage hotels,historical temples and schools, led her to start the Bhavnagar Heritage. A
brand that is working with local artisans to promote the region's arts and crafts. She is currently working as the Vice President for the Mumbai based auction house Prinseps prior to which, she was working in various capacities with the Piramal Art Foundation since the inception of the Piramal Museum in 2015. A promoter for local art and craft, Brijeshwari is also working on digitising her ancestral archives and restoring various historic sites in Bhavnagar. She has recently set up the Bhavnagar INTACH Chapter and is leading as Convenor for the same.
Rani Saheba Shailja Katoch

Rani Saheba Shailja Katoch, Director Kangra Group

A passionate cultural patron, she is pioneering the revival of Kangra’s history, Kangra Miniature Paintings & Kangra Cuisine(Dham) through the Maharaja Sansar Chandra Museum, Kangra Fort, near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Rajkumari Nandini Singh Jhabua

Rajkumari Nandini Singh Jhabua, Gond Art Patron, Co-Founder Rising World Foundation

Devoted to preserving different art forms, she works with tribal artisans from Gond, providing them with the necessary support to develop their trade. Nandini Singh Jhabua remains connected to her roots in Madhya Pradesh (MP) through her social and aesthetic endeavours, encouraging traditional artists to experiment with contemporary themes.. Her repertoire of artists — she also encourages Islamic art — has grown in recent times, and she is taking bespoke trunk shows to various cities.
Maharajkumar Jaidev Singh

Maharajkumar Jaidev Singh, Director Rao Madho Singh Museum Trust, Kota

A business and economics major from Cornell University, Jaidev has worked in different financial industries most recently as an investment banker with KPMG. He is passionate about hospitality, arts and culture through the historic Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel, a boutique property that is also home and going forward, is paving the road to put Kota on the global map. He is building inroads in promoting the Hadoti region and putting it on the map as a tourist and cultural destination.


Ms Reena Dewan

Reena Dewan is Director of Kolkata Centre for Creativity(KCC), President of ICOM India, Board member ICOM INTERCOM and a practicing artist.
She has received 3 prestigious fellowships: Australia Council’s International Leadership Program, Art Think South Asia and International Society for Performing Arts, USA. She is recipient of ‘Emerging Scholar’ award from Ground Research Networks and has presented papers on travel grants in Museum conferences in Egypt, Iran, Fuzhou, Kyoto and more. She has undergone trainings at Tate Modern, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Beijing Palace Museum.
She Co-convened the first International Conference on ‘Gender Mainstreaming and Cultural Rights’ in India and the first ICOM INTERCOM conference in India on ‘Museum Management’.
She is instrumental in launching the first ‘Accessibility Program’ in Eastern India under the umbrella of ‘Art for All’ at KCC. Her agenda is to make KCC truly inclusive through in-house and outreach programs for diverse communities including people from different race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical & mental abilities and of different ideologies. She champions the importance of capacity building for young artists, performers, art leaders and educators, that reflects in the programming of KCC. She is the co-programmer of VK IV and has co-programmed previous editions in 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Shwetal A Patel

Dr. Shwetal A Patel is a writer and researcher working at the intersection of contemporary art, exhibition-making practices and development theory. He is a founding member of India’s first visual arts biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and holds a practice-based PhD from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He has operated transnationally over the last two decades, primarily in Europe and Asia, and has been published widely in magazines, journals and online. He has presented papers at leading conferences, universities and institutions and is a Trustee of the Milton Keynes Museum, an advisor to the Kolkata Centre for Creativity and an editorial board member of OnCurating.org (Zürich University of the Arts). He is the co-programmer of VK IV and has co-programmed all previous editions since 2019.
Maharajkumari Akshita M. BhanjDeo

Akshita was born and brought up in Kolkata and attended high school at United World College of South East Asia and later went to college as a Davis scholar in the United States, Bard College, and pursued Political Science and Human Rights with a concentration in Media in conflict areas. After college, she moved to New York City to hone her skills in communications, brand management, and entrepreneurship and worked with the International Rescue Committee a humanitarian aid organization working closely with the former British parliamentarian David Miliband's team focusing on the Syrian refugee crisis.
She is a Director of the 200-year-old Belgadia Palace in Mayurbhanj and along with her family is working to build sustainable tourism with social impact at its core to the tribal-dominated region.  At present Akshita is a communication strategist at The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence is an independent, nonprofit research institute and global hub, developing AI solutions for social good. Akshita is Creative Director of the Karkhana Chroniciles, which aims to celebrate sustainability through heritage craft by shining a light on artisan clusters via contemporary patronage.
Looking back a time during which the Covid-19 pandemic swept the whole world to a virtual standstill, the third edition Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam explores topics including education, art production and policy, mental health, commerce, activism and the environment.
It continues to be an unprecedented time, one that modern human civilization has rarely encountered on such a global scale. Many of the things that we took for granted were taken away or paused indefinitely. Businesses shuttered, domestic and international travel stopped, and the socially driven human practice of gathering also halted. As humans paused for a while, the natural world took a chance to rejuvenate, flourish and bloom.
Despite this, in those frozen moments of uncertainty, a lot happened. New possibilities were created.  As we continue the process of recovery from the pandemic, we stand at a crossroad, many new path ways now seem possible. Nothing has remained as we had expected. For Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam III, we aim to look back together to rediscover the treasures that could arise from those moments of gloom and desperation, allowing us the possibility to build a better and more equitable future.
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam III builds upon the two previous editions of the annual conference, which began in 2019, and continues to inform our progress at the Kolkata Centre of Creativity.     
Co-Curators: Reena Dewan & Dr. Shwetal A Patel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Day 1


1.         Art Policy 


The decimation of the economy took a heavy toll on the field of art and art commerce. Immediately after the break out of the pandemic, most funding organizations and agencies stalled their support and many sponsorships and grants were stopped or delayed indefinitely. The total halt to live performance and physical exhibitions have left many art practitioners and artisans’ jobless and underemployed. 


What changes can be made to government art policies that may help art recover from this challenging situation? What can institutions and galleries do to help the sector and what are the new protocols and standards we should aspire toward?


2. Digitalization of the Arts


As soon as physical gatherings were restricted due to new pandemic regulations, live performances also had to be reimagined or cancelled altogether. However, the artistes’ community did not sit idly by, they began exploring the virtual realm. Through the mediation of cameras and Internet connections, artists began developing their homes into performance spaces.   Many different kinds of experiments began to take place.  On one hand, this trend hints towards the development of new media and digital art, on the other, it raises questions about the agency of creators, audiences and mediators in this time of crises. The fear of state censorship also raises many questions for performers and artists, as does the economic effects upon performers and venues. 


What is the direction of digital performance and how will this affect the tradition of live performance? What impact will digital performances have on the livelihoods of artists and how will they be remunerated for their performances? Is the digital realm a viable alternative to public performances and who stands to benefit the most?


3.         Education


a)         Rehabilitation of children


Education is considered as one of the 6 fundamental rights according to the Constitution of India. Schools run by the state in India are not only institutes that provide education, but they also play a major role in child rehabilitation, whilst keeping track of the dropouts and child labour infringements laws. Schools help our society in preventing child trafficking, child abuse and other dangers young people face in the country. Schools provide a mid-day meal, a system that ensures that basic nutrition needs for rural and urban underprivileged children are met. When the lock-down happened this system was adversely affected. While the gap of a year in formal education is something manageable, deterioration of the other infrastructure and services is extremely alarming for the future of a growing nation. 


What strategies can we utilize to rehabilitate the schooling system irrespective of re-opening of schools? What methods are being developed to bring children back to the childhoods they deserve? What can the art fraternity do to help improve children’s lives during this difficult time? What does the future of education in State-run schools in India look like?


b)  Mental health in Education 


As the pandemic affected the education system in India, it also clearly showed the ineffectiveness of digitalization in India. The pandemic affected not only students, but also teachers and policy makers, all of whom suffered in different ways. Hence, it is important to ponder on the mental health of students, teachers and managers and also analyze the special education system in this context.

How are these stakeholders dealing with the situation? How did the pandemic affect education groups and how are they sustaining themselves during this period? Whilst we are exploring special education, we also need to learn and listen to parents, teachers, students and NGO’s in the sector.    

Day 2




4.         Protest against discriminatory oppression 


In the background of the protests against discriminatory CAA and NRC laws in India, the Coronavirus broke out. The movement was unique in its expression as it took various artistic actions to convey its political agenda. 


Likewise, during the COVID pandemic, and after the sad demise of George Floyd at the hands of US police, a global anti-racist movement spread through the world in the name of ‘Black Lives Matter’. That movement also used different artistic approaches, including the use of performance, music and social-media to promote its viewpoint.


These may not be isolated phenomena developed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Art has always been a weapon of the oppressed to protest against discriminatory oppression. 


These movements also bring about the age-old debate about the purpose and efficacy of art in achieving political aims.


What is the significance of the arts in bringing expression to activism? 

How has art inspired and influenced contemporary activism in India? 

What is the anthropological connection between Art and Human Rights that facilitates, nurtures and explains this phenomenon? 


5.         Environment & Sustainability in Arts


When the world stopped – the natural world flourished. As we were restricted to our man-made habitats the natural world fought back to reclaim the seas, skies and forests – free from our polluting infiltrations. 


Now as we begin returning to our previous rhythms and habits, the arts sector has also started opening up fairs and festival opportunities, leading to increased travel.


What learning’s from the ‘frozen moments’ can we continue implementing in the art world, especially in the celebrations of arts – the festivals, biennales and carnivals? How can we make post-COVID-19 art gatherings more sustainable for the environment?

6.         Commerce

The growing market of festivals, fairs and biennales received a big jolt due to the sudden halt caused by Covid-19 crisis.  While they are essential to keep the wheels of the Art Economy running, their numbers and frequency are mounting pressure on resources, both economic and ecological.  Since some of them had a tryst with a complete Digital platform this year, probably we are ready to relook and rediscover them differently.

How viable Hybrid formats are?  Can we restructure them to cover up for the reduction in physical interactions? Who will decide how much is enough? Can some policies be formed to weave-in factors that ensure environmental sustainability? Is it possible to merge some of them to reduce the overall number?            

    Selected Paper: 
    Author’s Name: 
      • Dr. Shubhra Nag                             
      • Nobina Gupta & Saptarshi Mitra                           
      • Mansav Arora & Vanika Saberwal                             
      • Dr. Rinita Mazumdar

      NB: Selected candidate will get free access to the whole conference

      Full paper submit to : submission@kcc.akst.org.in
      Registration Fee Indian nationals:  INR 1500 
      South East Asian Countries: USD 30
      Other Nations: USD 50
      Early Bird Discount valid till 20th Feb 2021: 30%
      Student Discount: 50%      

      Performance has been the mode of effective communication, expression, entertainment and creative response since the dawn of human civilization. Still, it is to our wonder that the gender specificity of this very topic “Women in Performance” makes sense in 2020 AD. Ironically, as the civilizations have progressed, the gender specific restrictions occupy the space for free expressions in many forms. Women were not only shamed or banned to participate in performance as ‘performers’ or even ‘audiences’ over centuries, but the representation of women has been very specific in the content and in manifestation which still has its prevalence in performance. 

      After the prominent feminist movements through twentieth and twenty first century, while reclaiming social and legal space for agency in life, education, individuality, sexuality, against gender specified violation and crimes et al; women and other genders have taken prominent place in the world of performances, not to support the narratives of the patriarchal normative, but to speak up the knowledge, experience in their own expression giving the whole a very new perspective to look from. 

      In 2020, where does India stand with the very topic theme ‘Women in Performance’! The impact of the journey that the gender identity made through history, how that legacy gets carried forward through current practices! What impact does it make in form of expressions, narratives, language, business or on the audiences/ spectators! As a research and development centre for art, Kolkata Centre for Creativity aims to open up such discourses in the first annual conference on Performing Arts, named Performing Performance 2020. Theme of this year is “Women in Performance”. 

      The discussion is broadly divided into two subthemes

      1. Body in Performance 

      2. Agency in Performance 

      With multiple cultural variables existing in a neo-liberal post-postmodern time, the annual conference of KCC aims to open up a space for exchange of thoughts, researches, experiments and practices regarding gender identity, politics of body, performativity of body, evolution of language, agency and gaze along with the economic aspects related with performances of, about, by and for women, historically and in contemporary context. Invited Scholars and Practitioners will present their works about those subthemes.

      Day 1

      Body in Performance

      September 4

      18:00 - 20:00 hrs. IST

      Keynote Speaker: 

      Lubna Marium: Dancer, Art-Director & Cultural Activist


      Dr Bishnupriya Dutt: Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies, SAA, JNU

      Dr Urmimala Sarkar Munsi: Dancer-Choreographer & Associate Professor in School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU.

      Dr Trina Nileena Banerjee: Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata


      Meghna Bhardwaj: Dancer-choreographer & Assistant Professor at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

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      Day 2:
      Agency in Performance
      September 5
      18:00 - 20:00 hrs. IST

      Keynote Speaker: 
      Dr Ananya Chatterjea: Professor of Dance at University of Minnesota, USA, Choreographer & Artistic-Director, Ananya Dance Theatre

      Dr Anuradha Kapur: Theatre Director & Professor of Drama, Former Director of National School of Drama
      Dr Urmimala Sarkar Munsi: Dancer-Choreographer & Associate Professor in School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU
      Zuleikha Chaudhari: Theatre Director & Lighting Designer, Director of the Alkazi Theatre Archives at The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi.


      Dr Trina Nileena Banerjee: Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

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