02 December, 2019

Third edition of Tata Trusts’ ‘Kalapana’ to be held in Hyderabad

  • Conservation is the theme of this edition
  • Includes heritage walks, public lecture and film screening

Hyderabad, 02nd December 2019: ‘Kalapana’ – a Tata Trusts platform to celebrate the arts, engender dialogue with stakeholders and showcases the works of the Trusts’ partners - returns with its third edition focusing on the theme of conservation – one of the focus areas of the Arts, Crafts and Culture portfolio of the Trusts.

Spread over three days (5- 7 Dec. 2019) at the Quli Qutb Shah Heritage Park, Hyderabad, the event includes daily site walks, a public lecture, and an open air film screening. The choice of the venue is to highlight the conservation efforts of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, who with the support of Tata Trusts, are conserving ten major monuments in the park as well. Additionally, with the annual Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop, supported by Tata Trusts slated to commence on 8th December in Hyderabad, Kalapana is organising a public lecture by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (Director, Film Heritage Foundation) on December 5th, followed by an open air film screening of the restored classic “Meghe Dhaka Tara” (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) – a film on migration, loss and displacement.     

“Kalapana, in its third iteration focuses on conservation of two projects, both in Hyderabad. Support for the ten monuments at the Qutb Shahi Heritage parks being conserved by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture can be experienced through site walks planned, and an open air screening and lecture at the site. This conservation of monument and engagement of public space is essential for built heritage conservation to truly have meaning. Kalapana is a prelude to the third film preservation workshop that TT has supported FHF. With each workshop, not only has the awareness among the filmmaking community and the general public increased but the pool of trained conservators being created has started earnestly. Custodians of film archives have been specifically sought out for the fellowships as this was urgent and has proved successful. We look forward to these workshops now finding fruition as a permanent course, to take the pedagogical thrust to the next level” said Deepika Sorabjee, Head, Arts and Culture, Tata Trusts.< /p>

The daily site walks are designed to generate awareness on the sustainable and traditional conservation practices being employed by the master craftsmen on site. The public lecture will focus on the urgent need to save our cinematic heritage and the Film Heritage Foundations’ efforts currently underway in India. This will be followed by an open air screening of a restored film, “Meghe Dhaka Tara”, a 1960 film by Ritwik Ghatak.

The event is open for all, and Kalapana especially welcomes cityphiles, historians, students, cinephiles and architects to be an active part of the discussions and activities from 5th – 7th Dec, 2019 at Quli Qutb Shah Heritage Park, Hyderabad.

To register for the walks, lecture and film screening send an email to kalapanaartsfest@tatatrusts.org

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