"The immediate objective is to create an interactive digital map which serves to be a one-point guide to Pune’s history and present while recording its cultural assets... It can be used by residents, tourists, researchers and enthusiasts”
With commerce and industry chambers recently setting up an arts and cultural task force, the need for India to build a workforce in the sector is crucial. The arts and cultural management sectors in India do not offer any degree programmes yet," says Trishla Talera.
"A stone-age tool-weapon can tell us how we took our first steps in survival and in the development of humankind. History of mankind was unravelled by the tools of Stone Age man ..whose purpose was mostly for protection — as a weapon," Varsha Kotphode said.
Seated in a gallery cluttered with brooms, steel banisters and other raw material of her sculptures, Lisa Premke tells Dipanita Nath about her aim to present things familiar to a viewer in a different context.
During the day, Vaibhav Raj Shah paints landscapes, creates experimental works and makes films. At night, he walks through some of the most decrepit addresses of the city and stamps public spaces with grades — 06/100 for a dirty wall, for instance.
“We are so tied up with our lives that it is possible we overlook some historic and aesthetic treasures right next to us,” says Swapna Joshi, a PhD fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
Actor Aparna Chothe is drawing attention to the three important women of the V D Savarkar household — Yashodabai, Yamunabai and Shantabai — during a critical phase in India’s history through a play, Tya Tighi.
On September 29, a bicycle rally will be organised from Aundh to Urse village. Ashutosh Gawade — business manager of eAddict, a Pune-based startup that makes e-bikes — tells The Indian Express that he hopes to see more people take up cycling.