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Friday Fri, 7 Jul 2023



MAP Bengaluru
Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), 22, Kasturba Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 India

The Bengaluru Cultural Tracker: Intersections: Arts and Culture, organised as part of the Culture Working Group under India’s G20 Presidency will be held at MAP Bengaluru on 7th July. The collaborating partners are – UNESCO, FICCI, MAP, Avid Learning, TeamWorks Art, Art Links Learning, and BIC.

In a day-long conclave, industry experts, policymakers, and cultural practitioners will come together to advance the dialogue on the journey – from analog to digital platforms, the use of digital technologies for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. The dialogues and discussions would address key policy issues, challenges and solutions that drive the Creative Sector. This will in turn be summed up by UNESCO and presented as a white paper at the forthcoming G-20 Cultural Tracker.

Culture, in all its manifestations, has a profound transformative impact on human lives. As the vehicle for intergenerational transmission of knowledge, culture provides vital resources to address the myriad challenges of our times, directly nurturing diverse, resilient, and sustainable societies. Culture plays a pivotal role in fostering multilateral cooperation, social cohesion, and inclusive sustainable development. Cultural rights are human rights and are critical to peaceful and harmonious coexistence of peoples and communities.

At the global level, culture has been recognised as an enabler of growth and sustainable development. In 2021, the Rome Declaration of G20 Ministers firmly positioned culture as an engine for propelling sustainable socio-economic recovery. The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022, adopted a Declaration affirming culture as a ‘global public good’. These historic declarations have anchored culture at the heart of public policy and international cooperation by recognising its intrinsic value for sustainable development.

Digital technologies can be instrumental in supporting knowledge building, education, sustainable management, and dissemination of cultural heritage while enabling exchange networks involving communities and professionals. In this regard the creation of open access digital platform to explore cultural heritage, digital technologies and data recording are among the key areas of imminent and future engagement. Adapting to the digital landscape continues to be one of the main issues for developing national cultural policies globally in order to advance culture as a public good.

Strengthening dialogue and cooperation among the G-20 member states is central to address challenges linked with the impact of digital transformation on the cultural sector.


10am – 10:30am | Registrations

10:30am – 10:50am | Context Setting: Convenors | Presentation
Sadhana Rao | Co-Founder, Art Links Learning & Member of FICCI Arts & Culture Committee
Asad Lalljee | SVP, Essar Group, CEO, Avid Learning & Curator, Royal Opera House, Mumbai
Lily Pandeya | Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India

10:50am – 11:05am | Value of Arts | Presentation
Sanjoy K Roy | Managing Director, Teamwork Arts & Co-Chair, FICCI Creative Industries

11:05am – 11:20am | Creative Sector Overview
Jyotsna Suri | Past President, FICCI; Mentor, FICCI Tourism & Culture Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

11:20am – 11:35am | UNESCO Overview | Presentation
Ankush Seth | Program Officer for Culture, UNESCO New Delhi

11:35am – 11:50am | Break

11:50am – 12:10pm | From Brick & Mortar to Metaverse | Presentation
V Ravichandar | Hon. Director, Bangalore International Centre

12:10pm – 1:30pm | Log the Analog | Panel Discussion
Tanya Abraham | Artist, Art Curator, and Writer
Harshit Agrawal | AI & New Media Artist
Preema John | Director, Indian Music Experience Museum, Bangalore
Priya Kanungo | Hindustani Classical Vocalist & Professor, Performing Arts O.P. Jindal Global University
Sanjoy K. Roy | Managing Director, Teamwork Arts & Co-Chair, FICCI Creative Industries
Sadhana Rao | Co-Founder, Art Links Learning & Member of FICCI Arts & Culture Committee (Moderator)

1:30pm – 2:45pm | Lunch Break

2:45pm – 3:00pm | Linking Art & Technology | Performance
Priya Kanungo | Hindustani Classical Vocalist & Professor, Performing Arts O.P. Jindal Global University

3:00pm – 3:20pm | Do Wires Dream of Veins: An Artist’s Experiments with Technology | Lecture-Demonstration
Harshit Agrawal | AI & New Media Artist

3:20pm – 4:40pm | Digital Transformation of Culture: Exploring AI’s Role | Panel Discussion
Prateek Arora | Indian Sci-Fi Creator, Screenwriter & VP of Development, BANG BANG Mediacorp
Shrutkeerti Khurana | Director, Infosys Foundation
Kamya Ramachandran | Founder Director, BeFantastic.in
Sudhir Rao | Managing Partner – India, Celesta Capital
Pankhuri Upadhyay | Founder, Maker’s Legal
Asad Lalljee | SVP, Essar Group, CEO, Avid Learning & Curator, Royal Opera House, Mumbai (Moderator)

4:40pm – 4:55pm | Break

4:55pm – 5:10pm | Intersections: Arts and Technology – British Council Overview | Presentation
Jonathan Kennedy | Director of Arts in India, British Council

5:10pm – 6:00pm | MAP Experience: The Real and the Virtual | Presentation & Walkthrough
Kamini Sawhney | Director, MAP Bangalore

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