The world is one family
In an effort to build high quality partnerships in civil society for joint contemplation with action, advocacy and engagement to promote a sustainable and inclusive society sought through UN’s 2030 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN 17 SDGs), Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC) will be holding the second edition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK II) on January 24-25, 2020.
The philosophy of the conference is to provide a free and accessible platform to investigate and probe the meaning of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) in light of growing environmental degradation and resource depletion. This year’s conference, co-curated by Dr Kalyan Chakravarty and Shwetal A Patel, will invite contributions from leading practitioners from India and around the world such as Dinesh Vazirani, Shalini Passi, Gayatri Sinha, Dr Tara Douglas, Deepika Sorabjee, Aric Chen and Feroze Gujral to name a few.
VK II will explore art’s relation to the environment through panels such as Art, Culture & Activism in India with keynote speaker Ravi Agarwal, and panellists Parul Zaveri (architect, Abhikram), Siddhant Shah (heritage architect), Dr Tara Douglas (animator); Reviving & Inventing Sustainable Approaches to Art and Architecture with Dr Kalyan Chakravarty (convener), Siddhant Shah (heritage architect), and Vikas Dilawari (architect) moderated by Anupam Sah (conservationist) and Visual Art Today with panellists like Gayatri Sinha (art writer-critic), Aric Chen (curator) and Prof Rashmi Sawhney (academician).
“The brilliant response that we received to the first edition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam held last year, encouraged us to present the 2nd edition of our Annual Conference of Kolkata Centre for Creativity, with all the right ingredients to make the it a very enriching experience. I am eagerly looking forward to the diverse list of eclectic speakers from the fields of culture, academics, media, architecture, history, art & creativity who will share their thoughts over two days to provide a platform for engaging discussions,” said Richa Agarwal, chairperson, KCC.
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam coincides with Bose Krishnamachari’s ongoing solo exhibition, The Mirror Sees Best in the Dark, at Emami Art Gallery in Kolkata. In his latest series, Bose returns to art-making, through experimenting with form and material as he confronts the increasingly extreme discourses that shape our consciousness.