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Art collector and Patron
Head of Partnerships, Assistant and Cultural Institute – Google India
Multimedia Artist and co-founder of the St+art India Foundation
Programme Lead, India Foundation for the Arts
Artist, Art Historian & Founder, 1.Shanthiroad
Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts
Principal Architect, Venkataraman Associates
Founder & CEO, Artand
Chairperson, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 13 Nov 2019


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

BIAL believes that it must engage various stakeholders in a dialogue on the role of public art and share their aspirations for the BLR Airport.

BIAL is at the forefront of several pioneering initiatives – with many firsts for both aviation and passenger delight. With this open discussion, BIAL hopes to set a precedent in the conceptualisation and implementation of public art – not only at airports, but also at any public space. Such an initiative will lay the foundation for a public art programme that reflects both civic goals and individual aspirations.

The conversation includes two moderated panel discussions on the role of public art and the idea of the city, culminating in a keynote address by Jawhar Sircar.

Schedule of events:

Session 1: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Role of Public Art Today

Speakers: Abhishek Poddar, Amrita Kamat, Akshat Nauriyal

Moderator: Sumana Chandrashekar

Session 2 : 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Idea of a City

Speakers: Suresh Jayaram, Arundhati Ghosh, Naresh Narasimhan

Moderator: Susheel Nair

Keynote Address by Jawhar Sircar at  7:00 pm

Please write to  artprogramme@bialairport.com for details.



Abhishek Poddar

Art collector and Patron

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.

Amrita Kamat

Head of Partnerships, Assistant and Cultural Institute – Google India

Amrita has over 16 years experience as a technology business development manager across the Asia Pacific Region. As Head of Partnerships for Assistant and Cultural Institute, she is responsible for an ever-changing portfolio of Google products.

Growing up in India, Amrita completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry and Zoology and shifted gears to take on a career in Hardware tech, banking and then moved to Google to follow her passion for technology. Over her career at Google Amrita has excelled in developing publisher ecosystem, bringing to life Google’s RMI initiatives in Diabetic Retinopathy, to health information cards on Google search, to more recently launching and expanding Google’s Assistant initiatives in India. Her true passion has been bringing the joy of technology to all industries and verticals.

Amrita has a track record of leading innovative and globally recognized product integrations. From experimental ideas to well developed products, it speaks to her passion for connecting people with transformative and useful technology.

Akshat Nauriyal

Multimedia Artist and co-founder of the St+art India Foundation

Akshat Nauriyal is a multi-media artist from New Delhi. He uses emerging technologies such as Augmented reality, along with film and motion graphics to create works which critique the socio-political realities of the world around us. He is also a drummer for the critically acclaimed alternative rock band Hoirong.

In 2011 he founded one of India’s first web based platforms called ‘Now Delhi’ which featured short films on the underground sub cultural scenes in the city not covered by mainstream media. His films have been screened in festivals in India and internationally in Germany, New Zealand, Norway, France and United States.

He is also a co-founder of the St+art India Foundation – a public arts organisation formed with the intent making art truly democratic and accessible to all. He is the Digital Head and Content Director of the foundation.

His works have been featured / published in The BBC, The Guardian, New York Times, Lonely Planet along with several Indian print and digital platforms.



Sumana Chandrashekar

Programme Lead, India Foundation for the Arts

Sumana Chandrashekar works as Programme Lead at India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). Having worked across grant programmes in research, practice and education at IFA, she currently holds joint responsibility for the Arts Practice programme. She has travelled extensively across the country and has worked closely with artists, artist communities and scholars. She has been part of the core team that conceptualised Project 560, an initiative for Bengaluru that encourage artists, scholars, institutions and neighbourhoods to engage creatively and critically with the city.  Since 2014, she has led four editions of Project 560 and has participated in panel discussions on spaces for public art in cities. She has a background in Economics and is also a performing musician. She calls herself an unconfirmed Bangalorean, whose relationship with the city is in a constant flux.

Suresh Jayaram

Artist, Art Historian & Founder, 1.Shanthiroad

Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator and curator from Bengaluru. He is the Founder, Director of Visual Art Collective/1.Shanthiroad Studio, an international artists’ residency and alternative art space in Bengaluru.

He is currently involved in art practice, urban mapping, archiving, curation and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues influences his work.

He taught Art History at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, the College of Fine Arts in Bengaluru and later went on to become the Principal between 2005-2007.

He has a Master’s Degree from MS University, Baroda. And is recipient of the Charles Wallace Grant from the British Council. Curator of an important show on Modernity in Karnataka at the NGMA and many others. He frequently writes on art for local and National publications.

Arundhati Ghosh

Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts

After spending a decade in the corporate sector, Arundhati Ghosh joined IFA as its first fundraiser in 2001. She assumed office as the Executive Director on June 01, 2013. Arundhati has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the non-profit sector. In 2010 she received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award. She is a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore Leadership Awards in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015-2016 and has worked with the National Theatre, UK to recommend a strategy for their national reach. She is also a recipient of the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005. Arundhati was selected as one of the top three leaders in the city of Bengaluru under the ‘Lead India’ campaign of The Times of India in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and also their facilitator for the Young Cultural Innovators programme.

She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, Mumbai; The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata; and The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru. She is a member of the Core Team that has put together a capacity building programme for theatre practitioners across the country in collaboration with Junoon, under the aegis of India Theatre Forum, called SMART (Strategic Management for the Art of Theatre). She often speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks including International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Kultura Nova Foundation, among others.

Arundhati has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata and a postgraduate degree in Management from the Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad. She also has a degree in classical dance and is a poet in Bangla.

Naresh V Narasimhan

Principal Architect, Venkataraman Associates

Naresh V Narasimhan is a practitioner and a leader with over 33 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He is best known for his association with Venkataramanan Associates, an award-winning architecture firm based out of Bengaluru and Pune, which saw a meteoric rise under his leadership.

In addition to his architectural practice, his contribution to urban development as an urbanist and creative entrepreneur has been far-reaching. As 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 fueled a variety of progressive causes in the city.

He also regularly advises government agencies on infrastructure development. He studied architecture at Manipal Institute of Technology, followed by further education at Harvard Institute for International Development. His interests range from politics, governance & communication strategies to cinema, art and popular culture. Naresh is also a prolific speaker who has been invited to lecture at several national and international events

Susheel Nair

Founder & CEO, Artand

Susheel Nair is the founder / CEO of artand – an art and concept design firm. He uses the power of art to try and elevate public aesthetics, tell compelling stories and engage citizens using interactive designs to participate in a common dialog. He works closely with govt agencies, citizens groups, social NGOs and urban communities to mediate effective communication for better impact while also creating opportunities for art and design to pervade throughout the cityscape.

Artand is a collaborative venture always on the look-out for unique talents for specific projects. it has, as collaborators, artists, designers, architects, techies, academics, scientists and dreamers who share a common passion to promote sensory aesthetics in the public milieu.

After voluntarily retiring from his corporate career of 18 years, he’s found his purpose in the creative arts and a mission to give its rightful place in the public domain.


Jawhar Sircar

Chairperson, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

Jawhar Sircar retired in 2012, after four decades in the IAS — as India’s longest serving Culture Secretary. He was immediately appointed CEO of Prasar Bharati in charge of All India Radio & Doordarshan for five years.

He is known for his research in Social History, Indian Civilisation and Culture, Media and on the Anthropology of Religion. Sircar contributes regularly to reputed Indian and foreign newspapers and journals. He has been awarded by the British Museum and the 235-year old Asiatic Society for his contribution to art, culture and civilisational studies.

He is a known pubic speaker and opinion-maker and he was recently honoured by NCPA Mumbai to deliver the prestigious Dr Jahangir Bhabha Memorial Lecture on the Arts. He has also addressed international institutions like UNESCO and dozens of foreign and Indian universities and forums — on Indian culture, civilisation and media.

He is currently Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata.