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Ranga Shankara
Science Gallery Bengaluru
Museum of Art and Photography
Bangalore International Centre

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 28 Dec 2020



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Covid-19 was in many ways the Chief Transformation Officer to a digital world. It has been no different in the public spaces for discussions, theatre, museums, galleries, films, music and more. Many Bengaluru Public Institutions innovated during the pandemic period to stay relevant and connected. This discussion will focus on their experiences.

Covid-19 impacted the mission and traditional operating model of many Institutions. The discussion will discuss how organisations dealt with the new reality and pivoted to an online world. Speakers will provide their insights on what worked and what did not, including perspectives on behavioural change among the audience.

How did the shift to virtual affect collaboration among Public Institutions and Arts / Culture organisations? Clearly it helped get speakers, performers from around the world. So will the future remain digital or be hybrid? And when the pandemic threat does recede will audiences throng to public spaces in greater droves?

The session promises to be an interesting wrap up for the year 2020. In BIC’s case, it is appropriate that Rohini Nilekani who rang in the first BIC Streams event in April 2020 brings 2020 events at BIC to a close by helping us understand the takeaways in what has been an unprecedented year for us.


Rohini Nilekani


Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, a foundation she endowed to fund initiatives for sustainable water and sanitation across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher. She is Co-founder-Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform.

A former journalist writing for leading publications, she is also the author of “Stillborn” and “Uncommon Ground”, both published by Penguin Books India. In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences.

As signatories of the Giving Pledge, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani have committed half their wealth to philanthropy.

Arundhati Nag

Ranga Shankara

Arundhati Nag is a film and theatre personality. She has been involved with multilingual theatre in India for over 25 years. She has been involved with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and has done various productions in Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English.

She has performed several plays in Kannada: Girish Karnad’s ”Anju Mallige”, ”27 Mavalli Circle”, ”Sandhya Chayya” (Jayant Dalvi), Girish Karnad’s ”Nagamandala” and Bertolt Brecht’s ”Hulaguru Huliyavva”. She has also worked in several Kannada movies like ”Accident” (1984), ”Parameshi Prema Prasanga” (1984) and ”Nodiswamy, Navirodu Heege” (1987).

Arundhati is the force behind the conception of the theatre space dedicated to quality theatre in Bangalore: Ranga Shankara. She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2008), the Padma Shri (2010) and the National Film Awards (2010).

Jahnavi Phalkey

Science Gallery Bengaluru

Jahnavi Phalkey is the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru, and the Sir Asutosh Mukherjee Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies.
Formerly based at King’s College London, Jahnavi was Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin). She was also external curator to the Science Museum London, and has been a Scholar-in-
Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich. She is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India and has co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century.
Jahnavi read civics and politics at the University of Bombay, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She holds a doctoral degree in the history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Abhishek Poddar

Museum of Art and Photography

Abhishek Poddar is a prominent collector and patron of the arts in India. He has been collecting art since high school and has created a significant collection of South Asian art, craft and antiquities, including modern and contemporary art and photography.

He is the force behind the upcoming Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), in Bengaluru, where he serves as a trustee and to which he donated the initial leadership gift and a substantial portion of the family’s art collection.

Besides serving on various boards and committees in India, Poddar also serves on the advisory committees of the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues, headquartered in Rome and on the Lincoln Centre Global Advisory Council.

He was named as one of Asia’s 2018 Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes Magazine.


Bangalore International Centre

Ravichandar is the Honorary Director of the Bangalore International Centre and Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He has been active in urban reforms and governance for the last two decades, most recently as a part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru. Apart from his role at the Bangalore International Centre, Ravi helped start the Bangalore Literature Festival, the Chennai International Centre, and other public-oriented initiatives.

Ravi is a self-styled Civic evangelist and considers himself a patron of Lost Causes.