Past Event

Archiving the Mill Lands: The Mythologies of Mumbai Project

November 20, 2017 - November 25, 2017
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

Perhaps no other space is as visually evocative of Mumbai's transformation as the mill area, which has been integral to its financial and cultural growth. Mythologies of Mumbai is a seven-year project of Partners of Urban Knowledge and Action Research (PUKAR) that extensively documented and archived the erstwhile mill lands of Girangaon through the eyes of the people who lived and worked there. The project is based on PUKAR’s 'right to research' methodology for democratizing research and using it as a tool for alternative pedagogy, advocacy, intervention, and transformation.
Designed by HELM Studios and based on the work of PUKAR, this exhibition uses 360-degree multimedia production techniques, photography and video along with personal interviews, urban maps, and vast historical records, to bring new interpretations and perspectives of Girangaon's past, present and future. The exhibition is hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai as part of its Mumbai as a City of Knowledge initiative.

The exhibition is open to the general public from November 21-25, 2017 from 10am to 6:30pm each day.

Opening Panel and Exhibition Launch

  • Date and Time: November 20, 6 pm
  • Chief Guest: Nandita Das
  • Panelists: Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh, Executive Director, PUKAR; Professor Graciela Montaldo, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University; Ms. Neera Adarkar, Urbanist; moderated by Dr. Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

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About the Panelists

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She is an advocate for issues of social justice and human rights and is the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum. She has also been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government.

Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh is Executive Director of PUKAR, an independent research collective and urban knowledge production center based in Mumbai. A physician by profession, she worked as a faculty Neonatologist at a teaching institution in Chicago for 20 years and played a major leadership role within India Development Service, which supported multiple, small-scale socio-economic development projects across India.

Neera Adarkar is an architect and an urban researcher, and one of three partners in Adarkar Associates. She is a founding member and trustee of Majlis, an NGO engaged in cultural and urban issues, and a founding member of Women Architects Forum, which looks at the built environment from a gender perspective.

Graciela Montaldo is a Professor at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. She specializes in Latin American Culture from the Nineteenth Century to the present and has published several books on the subject.