In New Delhi and Gurgaon, The Community Library Project is taking reading to all sections of society with the involvement of the local community. Providing more than just books, the library is a lively space and engages its members through workshops and events.
The adoption of the Red Fort by Dalmia Bharat has drawn flak from various sections of society. But it is not just about the Red Fort; the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme itself raises serious questions concerning preservation of monuments and urban heritage.
Almost 300 people, age 3 upwards, lent their strokes to 3500 sq ft of wall area, to beautify the neighbourhood as part of the ‘Colour My Township’ initiative organised by a residents’ collective in Lokhandwala, Kandivali.
Artists for Wildlife and Nature, an exhibition cum competition of wildlife art organised and hosted by artist Prasad Natarajan, brought together various luminaries as well as young talent in a first-of-its-kind event.
In a walk around the Kashmiri Gate area of Delhi organised by the KLoDB (Knowing and Loving Delhi Better) community, the author loses herself in nuggets of history and rediscovers the capital as it once was.
At a time when narratives of mistrust, exclusion and discrimination in our cities are all too common, the author finds an urban street festival across the globe that explicitly encourages intermingling of its diverse citizens, prompting each to know more about ‘the other’.
Cabinet-approved amendments to the AMASR Act of 1958 allow construction for ‘public works’ even within the prohibited buffer zone around nationally protected monuments, posing a real threat to these heritage structures.
Museums in India are generally seen as boring places with dusty exhibits and disinterested curators. Tejshvi Jain talks about ReReeti, her new initiative to transform museums into lively and engaging public spaces.