Heritage Matters

Upcoming Activities
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 #EuropeForCulture Closing conference, 6-7 December 2018, Vienna, Austria
12th Sustainability Conference | Urban Sustainability: Inspiration & Solution, Jan 2016, Portland, USA
Inaugural International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, April 2016, Hawaii, USA
9th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Urbanism, Inclusion, and Cultural Freedoms, Sept 2016, Cincinnati, USA
Inclusive Cultural Leadership in Sustainable Development Field School, Dec 2016-Jan 2017, Vietnam
Recent Activities
8th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum | Museums as Civic Spaces, Aug 2015, New Delhi, India
Keynote: ICCN 2014 Festival and General Assembly,, Oct 2014, Isfahan, Iran
7th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, August 2014, Los Angeles, USA
Masterclass & Keynote | Pathways: Connecting Museums & Communities. South East Queensland Small Museums Conference, 21-24 August 2014, Australia
Keynote speech to Exploring Borders, 6th General Conference of ASEMUS,, Sept 2014, Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria
Keynote speech to Museums and Innovations. ICOM - International Conference on Ethnography, Oct 2014, Zagreb, Croatia
Co-facilitator and lead, Ha Long Ecomuseum study tour: Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement, ICOM-ICTOP Annual Conference,, Oct 2014, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Chairperson of the Eleventh Sustainability Conference. Sustainability Dividends- Developmental Fault Lines,, Jan 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
Strategic Transformations: Museums in 21st Century, February 2014, New Delhi & Kolkata, India
World Culture Forum: The Power of Culture in Sustainable Development, November 2013, Bali, Indonesia
Asia-Europe Foundation Experts' Meeting & Public Forum - Investing in Heritage Cities: Stimulus for Sustainable Tourism and Livelihoods, June 2013, Yangon, Myanmar
Workshop: Heritage as Knowledge Resource: social, political and cultural context, June 2013, Zagreb, Croatia
International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Jan 2013, Hiroshima, Japan
6th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, April 2013, Denmark, Copenhagen
UNESCO World Heritage Convention 40th anniversary celebrations & book launch "World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders", Nov 2012, Kyoto, Japan
International Symposium on Culture & Sustainable Development, Nov 2012, Paris, France
5th General Conference of the Asia-Europe Museum Network, Sept 2012, Seoul, Korea
More than Meets the Eye - Keynote Lecture
Museums Australia National Conference, Sept 2012, Australia
Expert Meeting on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections July 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
European Museum Advisors Conference, May-June 2012, Portugal
NEXT STEP: Putting Culture on the Agenda for the Future of Europe June 2012, Denmark

Why Heritage Matters Column?

Mother (2)

I returned to India and my birth place Amaravathi Heritage Town after nearly four decades. The invitation from both the local people and elected governments was to share my international heritage expertise and experiences. Two years later my mother passed away on the 10th of January 2018. To cope with deep depression from the bereavement and with my brother’s encouragement, I started writing a weekly Saturday Column entitled Heritage Matters in my mother’s memory from the  10th of February 2018. It honors her blessings for the following challenges that we discussed over meals: raising awareness that heritage matters beyond the antiquities rooted in 19th Century thinking; promoting comparative knowledge through case studies to create a frame for cultural learning outcomes; thinking beyond short term recreational tourism and focusing on heritage tourism drawing on non-renewable resources of environmental and heritage value; and creating a broad awareness among the burgeoning middle classes, politicians, civil service, NGOs and general public that culture in all its manifestations needs to be grounded in the five pillars of social, economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual sustainability through participatory democracy to realize UN Sustainable Development Goals and AGENDA 2030 and the New Urban Agenda of UN HABITAT III.

Endangered Weaving Tradition

6. Endangered                    Weaving

Buddhism & Bamiyam along the silk road

7. Buddhism and                 Bamiyan