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The All India Museum Summit 2019, with financial support from the Embassy of the United States of America, New Delhi, will convene a nationwide gathering of museum professionals, including curators, administrators and conservationists, as well as supporters and educators, to consider ways to enrich the roles that museums play in the lives of India’s people and means for building institutional capacities to manage collections and resources. The Summit will result in a white paper for presentation to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, recommending actions that will advance India’s museums. The American Institute of Indian Studies is organizing the All India Museum Summit 2019, which will take place on July 22 – 24, 2019 at the India International Center (Kamaladevi Complex), New Delhi.

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Event Program
July 22, 20199:30am - 5:00PM



01 9:30 – 10:00 Registration
02 10:00 – 11:00

Inaugural session
10:00–10:05  Welcome and Remarks: Sumathi Ramaswamy, President, American Institute of Indian Studies
Purnima Mehta, Director General, American Institute of Indian Studies
10:05–10:15  Summit Introductions: Susan Bean, Chair, Center for Art and Archaeology
10:15–10:25  Inaugural address: Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (GOI)
10:25–10:35  Keynote Address: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India
10:35–11:00  U.S. Ambassador and Secretary Culture, GOI interact with each other and with participants over tea

03 11:00 – 1:00 11:00 – 1:00 India’s New Museums: Aims, Challenges, Strategies   
11:00 – 11:10 Chair: Susan S. Bean, Chair, AIIS, Center for Art and Archaeology, formerly Senior Curator, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA
11:10 – 11:30 Anjani Kumar Singh, Nodal Officer, Bihar Museum, Patna (Bihar), India
11:30 – 11:50 Harchandan Singh Bhatty, Artist & Ashok Mishra, Curator, Tribal Museum, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), India
11:50– 12:10 Abhishek Poddar, The Museum of Art & Photography Foundation, Bengaluru (Karnataka), India
12:10 – 12:30 Mallika Ahluwalia, CEO & Curator, Partition Museum, Amritsar (Punjab),  India
12:30 – 1:00 Discussion
04 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
05 2:00 – 5:00 2:00 – 5:00 Supporting and Advancing India’s Museums
2:00 – 2:10 Chair: Madhuvanti Ghose, Curator, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2:10 – 2:30 Manvi Seth, Head & Dean, National Museum Institute, National Museum, New Delhi, India
2:30 – 2:50 Ambika Bipin Patel, Head, Department of Museology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara (Gujarat), India
2:50 – 3:10 Deepika Sorabjee, Head – Arts and Culture, Tata Trusts, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India3:10 – 3:30 Tea3:30 – 3:50 Venu Vasudevan, Principal Secretary, Departments of Archaeology, Museums and Archives, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), India
3:50– 4:10 Karni Singh Jasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), India
4:10 – 4:30 Madhuvanti Ghose, Curator, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
4:30 – 4:40 Discussant: Jagdip Jagpal, Fair Director at India Art Fair, New Delhi, India
4:40 – 5:00 Discussion
July 23, 20199:30am - 4:00PM


01 9:30 – 11:10 9:30 – 11:10 Installing exhibitions that engage the public 
9:30 – 9:40 Chair: Naman Ahuja, Professor, School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India
9:40 – 10:00 Jawhar Sircar, formerly Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Kolkata (West Bengal), India 
10:00 – 10:20 Shobita Punja, Independent scholar and curator, New Delhi
10:20 – 10:40 Amareswar Galla, Chief Curator, Amaravathi Heritage Town, Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), India
10:40 – 11:10 Discussion
02 11:10 – 11.45 Tea
03 11:45 – 12:45 11:45 – 12:45 Special Lecture: Formulating Modes of Perception and Participation – Museum Audiences and Beyond 
Tasneem Mehta, Managing Trustee and Honorary Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India.
04 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
05 2:00 – 4:00 2:00 – 4:00 Reaching Audiences 
2:00 – 2:10 Chair: Joyoti Roy, Head of Marketing and Communication, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai (Maharashtra), India
2:10 – 2:30 Sharath Nambiar, DakshinaChitra Museum, Muttukadu, Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), India
2:30 – 2:50 Bilwa Kulkarni, Assistant Curator (Education), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai (Maharashtra), India
2:50 – 3:10 Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary & Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata (West Bengal), India
3:10– 3:30 Sudhanva RanadeDirector, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune (Maharashtra), India
3:30 – 3:40 Discussant: Conrad Turner, Counselor of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the  United State of America in New Delhi, India
3:40 – 4:00 General discussion
06 4:00 – 6:30 VISIT: Drishyakala Museum (Red Fort) Only for presenters
In a rare partnership, DAG has collaborated with ASI to create an art museum—Drishyakala—within Red Fort with four historical exhibitions that look at the arrival and development of realistic and modern art in India. The journey starts with the first-ever complete showcasing of Oriental Scenery: Aquatints of India by Thomas and William Daniell, providing a glimpse of eighteenth century Indian landscapes from the vantage of the European traveller. The narrative then turns to people:Freedom’s Panoply: A Portrait of a People captures a changing India through its people, and seeks to understand a portrait of our people and the remarkable times they lived through. The rise of an indigenous printing industry gave rise to a new brand of bazaar art. Popular Prints and the Freedom Struggle showcases how the art of the printed picture became a tool to disseminate an emerging nationalist ideal. Navratna: India’s National Treasure Artists showcases India’s nine National Treasure Artists who together represent a diversity of art traditions and movements but are unified by one common thread: a return to Indian roots through context, theme, subject and an engagement with identity.
July 24, 20199:30am - 5:00PM


01 9:30 – 10:00 Registration
02 10:00 – 11:40 10:00 – 11:40 Preventative Care and Conservation 
10:00 – 10:10 Chair: Anupam Sah, Conservation Head, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai (Maharashtra), India
10:10 – 10:30 Giri Kumar, Freelance conservator, Pune (Maharashtra), India
10:30 – 10:50 Sanjay Dhar, Freelance conservator, Former Head of Art Conservation Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Gurugram (Haryana), India
10:50 – 11:10 Vinod Daniel, Chairman & CEO, AusHeritage & India Vision Institute, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India
11:10 – 11:40 Discussion
03 11:45 – 12:00 Tea
04 12:00 – 1:40 12:00 – 1:40 Realizing Collections’ Potential through Research
12:00 – 12:10 Chair: Annapurna Garimella, Art Historian/Curator, Jackfruit Research & Design, Bengaluru (Karnataka) & New Delhi, India
12:10 – 12:30 Akansha Rastogi, Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, India
12:30 – 12:50 Suman Gopinath, Program Officer, India Foundation for the Arts, Bengaluru (Karnataka), India
12:50 – 1:10 Kristine Michael, Fellow, Indian Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Jaipur (Rajasthan), India
1:10 – 1:20 Discussant: Sumathi Ramaswamy, Scholar & President, American Institute of Indian Studies, Duke University, USA
1:20 – 1:40 General discussion
05 1:40 – 2:45 Lunch
06 2:45 – 4:25 2:45 – 4:25 Documentation, Digitization and Archives
2:45 – 2:55 Chair: Pramod Kumar KG, Managing Director, Eka Archiving Services Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India 
2:55 – 3:15 Binoy Kumar Sahay, Curator, National Museum, New Delhi, India  
3:15 – 3:35 Madhura Wairkar, Collections Manager, Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India
3:35 – 3:55 Diane Zorich, Director, Digitization Program, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
3:55 – 4:25 Discussion  
07 4:25- 4:45 Tea
08 4:45 – 5:00 Wrap-Up Museum Summit 2019,
Concluding Remarks: Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Vote of Thanks: Vandana Sinha, Director, AIIS Center for Art & Archaeology, and Susan Bean, Chair, AIIS Center for Art & Archaeology
Sponsors & Partners

The All India Museum Summit 2019 will convene a nation-wide audience of museum professionals and supporters
for three days to consider ways to enrich the roles that museums play in the lives of India’s people and means for building
institutional capacities to manage collections and resources. The Summit is open for a small number of museum professionals
and supporters who wish to attend, have the opportunity to interact with the speakers, and take part in the
general discussion sessions.

To reserve a seat for yourself in the All-India Museum Summit 2019, please fill up the form below.
You will receive a confirmation from us to attend the Museum Summit based on the availability of the seats.
If there are seats remaining after registration closes, we will have onsite registration until they are filled.

 The last date of online registration was 1st July 2019.

All-India Museum Summit 2019

July 22, 23 and 24, 2019
India International Center (Kamaladevi Complex)

Online registration is now closed.

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