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Manasa, a national conference on art, craft and design is a collaborative partnership between Bangalore International Centre and Art Mantram – a not-for-profit organisation working on the triple aim of promoting art, artists and art awareness.
The conference will provide Bengaluru citizens the opportunity to engage on subjects of Reimagining Bengaluru, Heritage versus Innovation and Indian Art on the Global Arena. Panelists include selected Padma Awardees, doyens of arts and crafts and design, architects, policy makers and revivalists who are carrying our heritage forward into the future.
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Art Exhibition | 9:00am- 7:00pm
Changing Worlds: Indian Artists in the Global Arena
8:30am lamp lighting by Jija Madhavan Harisingh
In collaboration with Art Mantram:
Art Mantram was started by artists & professionals to promote patronage and awareness of Art. Art nurtures creative souls, is an essential part of lifestyle and a great investment Through the ages, however, artists have toiled to survive.
As a democratic society it is important how we respond to art and its patronage. This influences all aspects of our culture.
At Art Mantram, we believe Art is in everyone. To that end, we have organised over 200 events: shows, camps, workshops, addressing burning social issues while focusing on and encouraging Art. Improving accessibility to Art is the first step in achieving our dream.
Padma Shri in 2012, Laila Tyabji is Chairperson and founder member of DASTKAR, an NGO working with Crafts & Craftspeople in 25 states all over India. Writer and powerful speaker.
Ambassador Nirupama Rao
India’s Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to USA, China, Peru and Sri Lanka, diplomat par excellance, strategic negotiator, writer and orator, Nirupama is a western classical singer and her new journey is to unite South Asian nations through music.
Former civil servant, author, columnist, art historian, curator, critic and textile and craft revivalist. Currently heads the project team of the ‘World Handmade Textile Biennale’ 2020.
Padma Shri in Archeology in 2019, Sharada Srinivasan is the Professor at the NIAS. Author, accomplished classical dancer and and an expert on Archaeometallurgy of South Indian bronzes
Indian theater, film, television and media personality, an activist and a journalist from Bangalore. He co-founded the Centre for Film and Drama and launched the Suchitra School of Cinema and Dramatic Arts, both in Bangalore, the latter in 2012.
Practitioner and a leader with over 33 years of experience in architecture and urban design, an urbanist, creative entrepreneur, co-founder of BATF – Bangalore Agenda Task Force, co-founder of MOD Institute – an international collective of urban designers, researchers and curators and chairman of Numa Bengaluru – a co-working space and business accelerator, Naresh has fuelled a variety of progressive causes
Educator and catalyst who has evolved models of learning that integrate mind, body and consciousness; created collaborative pedagogical frameworks within the Indian system
Sathya Prakash Varanashi
Sathya Prakash Varanashi is a Bangalore based architect involved in eco friendly architecture, heritage issues, urban studies, climate concerns, education, creative arts, writing and public events.)
Manju P Pillai is a bureaucrat, art writer and poet of repute.
An artist who speaks from the head and heart through the language of colour and has been painting and exhibiting works for the past forty years. An activist supporting and helping women and children to be independent.
Famous Artist and curator, he is renowned for his contribution to creating India’s first Biennale, Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2012.
A prominent collector and patron of the arts in India, and as trustee, he set up the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), in Bengaluru, donating a substantial portion of the family’s art collection
Gitanjali Maini, an entrepreneur famous for changing the dynamics of the art business in Bangalore, is the Founder / Managing Director – gallery g and Founder – Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation, Managing Trustee and CEO – The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation.
Shanthamani, a distinguished alumni of CAVA Mysore and the prestigious M.S. University, Baroda, has done a Papermaking Course from Glasgow, Scotland and attended International bamboo workshop in Paris, was Artist in Residence in UK & Paris. Her credentials as a contemporary artist is well established in significant exhibitions in Paris, Miami, Tel Aviv, Munich, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Art Brussels, Triennale-India, to name a few.
Anju Maudgal Kadam
A communications professional, Anju enjoys the challenge of piecing together a story to look at the big picture. Famous as the Founder and Chief Nurturer of the powerful internationally acclaimed movement, the #100sareepact, a platform for voices of women
Dr Toolika Gupta, Director, Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur is a researcher and educator, with a PhD in History of Arts (Dress and Textiles) from the University of Glasgow, UK. Committed to uplifting and promoting crafts and design research in India, facilitated setting up the TCRC, Textiles and Clothing Research Centre, New Delhi in 2016, currently, Dean of Design Faculty at Rajasthan Skills University and member of CII’s National Committee on Design 2019.
Pavithra, co founder of Vimor has been focussing primarily on design development and guidance of the weavers, apart from documenting motifs, techniques, designs and oral history. It was with the aim of reviving heritage weaves and preserving the best talent in the country that Vimor Sarees was launched in 1974. Set up the Vimor Museum of Living Textiles, Bangalore, 2019.
With 40 years of experience, Prasad Bidapa is undoubtedly one of the most iconic fashion gurus of India. He has been revolutionizing the fashion industry by curating various high-profile events, the latest being the Rajastan Heritage week.
Geetha Rao is the former Chairperson of the Crafts Council of Karnataka and also heads Arts Umbrella, which provides consulting services in art and textiles.