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  • AK 10:15 pm on April 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Delhi’s iconic Hall of Nations demolished 

    Sad news from Delhi; the iconic Hall of Nations complex within Pragati Maidan were demolished overnight, shedding light on the fact that we in India place a lot of significance on age. There has to be flexibility. A very sad event.

  • AK 1:38 pm on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming Talk on Moorish Mosque Kapurthala: May 26 

    The restoration of the Moorish Mosque Kapurthala, designed by French architect M. Manteaux is expected to be completed by September and a full report will be forthcoming. An upcoming talk ‘Modernity and Princely India: Mosques as Modern Heritage’ will focus on two mosques, the Taj-ul Masjid in Bhopal and the Moorish Mosque at Kapurthala given by Prof. Jyoti Sharma the IIC Delhi on May 26th at 18:30.

    Modernity and Princely India: Mosques as Modern Heritage
    Speaker: Dr. Jyoti Pandey Sharma, Professor in Architecture, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science & Technology, Murthal, Haryana

    Chair: Professor A.G.K. Menon

    This presentation examines two mosque building endeavours by rulers of the princely states of Bhopal and Kapurthala that were undertaken in the early decades of the 20th century. The Bhopal mosque drew high praise from Gordon Sanderson (who undertook a survey on behalf of the ASI to identify types of Modern Indian Buildings along with the craftsmen employed in their creation) as a specimen of architectural modernity, while the Kapurthala mosque did not form part of the survey. Both mosques demonstrated a high degree of internationalism, inspired by the vision of their respective patrons, who were champions of progress in their respective states. Both mosques, having remained relatively obscure both in scholarship and as places of interest with heritage worth, deserve a place in the repertoire of early modern, pre-independence Indian architecture

  • AK 3:40 pm on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    National Seminar On THE LEGACY OF AWADH, March 16-17, 2016 

    National Seminar

    March 16-17, 2016
    (Sponsored by: Department of Higher Education, Govt. of U.P.)

    Maharaja Bijli Pasi Government P.G. College, Lucknow feels privileged to invite you to the Seminar on “The Legacy of Awadh”. The Seminar strives to provide a platform to the academicians, educationists, historians, researchers, students and others to share their thoughts, viewpoints and experiences in the form of their writings, compositions, and suggestions which would help in the preservation of a culture which is under an imminent threat of extinction.

    Download: Details and Registration form

    Awadh through the Ages:

    Awadh is one of the most beautiful and strikingly original cultural hubs of India. Vestiges of the past stand everywhere, whispering about the centuries that have seen Awadh evolve from its humble origin to the bustling, living city of today. It is best known as the abode of Nawabs, for its open spaces, its picturesque settings, its gardens and beautiful medieval buildings, its rich culture and magnificent traditional heritage. Awadh is equally famous for its traditional cuisine, fine arts and the most courteous people one will ever find in India. The cultural heritage of Awadh was influenced by the Mughal era and one will find that very Mughal touch in almost everything that relates to the culture of Awadh – be it the lip-smacking cuisine, the delightful music and dance forms or the conversation language, everything has a touch of the royal splendor .

    The Aims of this Seminar:

    1. To recognize, asses and study the culture, tradition and legacy of the kingdom of Awadh through the ages.
    2. To improve upon the conceptual, theoretical and methodological basis for future work.
    3. To identify opportunities for building and strengthening integrated approach for collaboration and research.
    4. To instill a proactive attitude towards conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage.
    5. To have the suggestions and valuable guidance from the elite gathering, regarding various ways and means by which we may prevent the decay of culture, heritage and traditions.


    Sub Themes
    1. Awadh: a center of culture.
    2. Awadh during 1857.
    3. Awadhi Dastarkhwan: then and now.
    4. Poetry and literature in Awadh.
    5. Socio-religious culture of Awadh.
    6. Awadhi Sports.
    7. Land Revenue Reforms during the period of Nawabs
    8. The Nawabs of Awadh and their lifestyle.
    9. Flora and fauna of Awadh through the ages.
    10. Architectural marvels of the Kingdom of Awadh.
    11. Art and Craft of Awadh.
    12. Fashion and Attire of Awadh.
    13. Position of Women in Awadh.

    Call for Abstracts/ Papers
    Abstracts/Papers in English/Hindi/Urdu are invited by the Organizing Committee, (In MS word Format) by post or email so as to reach us latest by 28th Feb. 2016. The delegates are requested to send their Abstracts / Papers through e-mails and a hard copy of the same to the Organizing Secretaries. The Font Size of the print is required to be Times New Roman-12 in English and Kruti Dev10 – Size 14 in Hindi. Word Limit for the abstract is 250-300 words and for the Paper 3000-4000 words. The Abstract and complete paper must reach the Convener within the stipulated time in the e-mail box:
    Language of the Seminar:
    The Language of the seminar will be English, Hindi and Urdu.

    Registration Fee:
    The delegates participating/presenting paper(s) in the seminar shall be required to deposit Rs. 500.00 (Students Rs. 300.00) in cash just before the seminar or by Demand Draft in favour of, Principal, Maharaja Bijli Pasi Govt. P.G. College, Lucknow payable at Lucknow

    Venue of the Seminar:
    The Multipurpose Hall of the College.

    Chief Patron
    Prof. (Dr.) R.P.Singh
    Director, Higher Education, U.P.

    Prof. (Dr.) Sarla Singh,
    Principal/Regional Higher Education Officer, Lucknow

    Cell: + 91 9838506071

    Dr. B.K. Srivastava
    Cell: + 91 9670013159
    Dr. Mohd Sayeed
    Cell: + 91 9935074197
    Dr. Ajeet Kumar,
    Cell: + 91 9935188189

    Organizing Secretaries
    Dr.Rashmi Yadav
    Cell: + 91 9415757298
    Dr. Sanobar Haider
    Cell: + 91 9452040520

    Organised by:
    Maharaja Bijli Pasi Government P.G. College, Aashiyana,
    (NAAC Accredited)

  • AK 7:30 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    INTACH plans to save Delhi’s modern heritage

  • AK 7:29 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Heritage development plans approved for 8 Indian cities

  • AK 7:28 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    ASI draws list of must-see sites in India

  • AK 7:11 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for Papers: Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage 

    International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

    Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage

    March 31 – April 4, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

    Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and National Taiwan University

    Flyer: Call for Papers_Inheriting the City_Taiwan 2016

    In the context of rapid cultural and economic globalisation, over half of the World’s population now live in urban areas. Through rural migration, new economic opportunities and enhanced global mobilities, cities and towns have expanded dramatically resulting in challenges to their character and identity.  Visible changes in skylines and boundaries are also accompanied by less obvious shifts in how cities preserve, present and promote their pasts and traditions against fierce and competitive demands for space. Urban heritage, as the valued tangible and intangible legacies of the past, would appear to be an increasingly important asset for communities and governments alike, allowing cities to mark their distinctiveness, attract tourists and inward investment and, retain a historical narrative that feeds into the quality of life. At the same time, new heritage – the heritage of the future – is being created in cities and towns. This reflects the patterns and trends of wider economic, social and cultural change and is resulting in ‘starchitecture’ and new iconic structures, but also in small scale interventions whereby communities are creating and nurturing buildings, objects, spaces and practices that have meaning and value to them.

    In this context, this conference seeks to examine the processes of protecting, planning and promoting urban heritage in the face of on-going changes, pressures and opportunities at the global and the local level. We wish to better understand the ways in which heritage can be mobilised in the development of city well-being and the changing approaches to how it is managed, taking into account issues of ownership, responsibility, local and national economies and identities. Critically we address the question of long term sustainability and pose the question of what will future residents, communities and tourists inherit from their towns and cities?

    The Conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and we invite papers from all disciplines and fields including: anthropology, architecture, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, cultural studies, design, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies, urban history, urban/spatial planning.

    We welcome perspectives on all aspects of urban heritage / heritage in the urban context – world heritage, historic urban landscapes, colonial heritage, religious heritage, intangible heritage and traditions, museum heritage, food heritage etc. Potential themes of interest include:

    • Innovative modalities of protection and planning urban heritage
    • Community approaches to and uses of, urban heritage
    • City based tourism and visitor economies of urban heritage
    • Urban heritage as a form of social resistance
    • Heritage as city memory
    • Cosmopolitan urban heritage and re-creating identities
    • Global and mega-city competition through heritage
    • Revitalising the city through heritage
    • Sub-urban  and sub-altern heritage
    • Urban spaces, traditions and intangible heritage

    Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title and contact details to as soon as possible but no later than October 15th 2015.

  • AK 7:06 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    International Conference, “Conserving Living Urban Heritage: Theoretical Considerations of Continuity and Change” in Bangalore, Nov 2015 

    Please see below, and invitation to a heritage conference:


    Dear all with an interest in history and heritage,


    The UNESCO Chair, Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, invites practitioners and researchers inducing historians, architects, heritage conservationists, faculty members of universities and institutions to participate in the International Conference, “Conserving Living Urban Heritage: Theoretical Considerations of Continuity and Change”, to be held in Bangalore between 2628th November 2015.


    Please find attached:
    1. Conference Flyer which has details of the Conference Program: CLUHProgramFlyer, and
    2. Registration form for the Conference: CLUH_RegistrationForm


    The conference has a number of well-known speakers from India and overseas who are experts in their fields. We encourage you to please attend and participate in an event, which seeks to be one of many in the future, to help guide the direction of heritage conservation in India.


    Thank you,




    Dr. Vidhu Gandhi | Coordinator  for UNESCO Chair, Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development
    Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, P.O Box 6430, Yelahanka New Town – Bangalore
    T: +91 7022592174 |

  • AK 6:49 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tughluq-era palace in ruins in Delhi

  • AK 4:12 am on August 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Monumental neglect: Mughal shikargah falls prey to time

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