Guided Walk
Art, Nature and Heritage Walk in Byculla
08 Mar 2020 to 08 Mar 2020
Piramal Museum of Art – Byculla Gallery Aranya Pavilion, ES Patanwala Marg, Next to Hanuman Mandir, Byculla East, Mumbai 400010
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Entry Fees
Event Agenda

9.30am to 10.00am


10am to 10.15am

Welcome Address By

Ashvin E. Rajagopalan and Pramod Kumar KG

10.15am to 11am

Keynote Address

The Paradoxical Collapse of the Frameworks to Enable Personal Claim to Cultural Property

Naman P. Ahuja

11.00am to 11.30am

Tea Break

11.30am to 12.15pm

ASI and the Antiquities Act

The Role and Purview of ASI in Relation to the Act and the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities

ASI Representative in conversation with Pramod Kumar KG

Parallel Breakout Session


Examine Cases of Antiquities Seized under the Act

Brijeshwari Gohil

12.15pm to 1.00pm

Words of the Ritual Texts

The Agama Shastras on the Creation, Use and Disposal of Ritual Objects in Temples

Pradeep Chakravarthy in conversation with Dr. Annapurna Garimella

Parallel Breakout Session

Demystifying Registration Documents

Try your hand at Decoding the Registration of Documents under the Act

Dhwani Gudka

1.00 pm to 2.00 pm


2.00pm to 2.45pm

Curating for Provenance

Creating a Framework for New Acquisitions

Deepthi Sasidharan in conversation with Tasneem Mehta

2.45pm to 3.30pm

Antique: A Few Propositions

The Many Lexicons of the 'Antique’

Dr. Annapurna Garimella

Parallel Breakout Session

Is there a Case for the Kohinoor?

The Hypothetical Diamond: The if, how and why of bringing the Kohinoor back

Shaleen Wadhwana

3.30pm to 4.00pm

Tea Break

4.00pm to 4.45pm

Affected by the Act

Foregrounding the Range of Stakeholders – Collectors, Specialist Dealers of Antiquities and Auctioneers – affected by the Act

Deepak Natesan, Aditya Ruia, Mallika Sagar and Dr. Alka Pande

9.30am to 10.00am


10.00am to 10.45am

Policing Art & Antiquities

The Origin and Evolution of the Antiquities Act

Siddharth Mehta

10.45am to 11.15am

Tea Break

11.15am to 12pm

Navigating Antiques

Navigating the Challenges in Owing, Buying and Selling Antiquities

Siddharth Mehta

12pm to 12.45pm

Implementation and Amendments

The Challenges of Implementing the Act and Need for Reform

Dr. Tejas Garge in conversation with Deepthi Sasidharan

Parallel Breakout Session

Whose Property?

Understanding Copyright and Intellectual Property for Arts and Antiquities

Tanvi Misra

12.45pm to 1.30pm


1.30pm to 2.00pm

Kurla Gallery Walkthrough

By Madhura Wairkar

2.00pm to 2.45pm

An Open Market in Art

Peril and Promise

Girish Shahane

Parallel Breakout Session

Provenance Matters

Tracing the Provenance through the Works of Raja Ravi Varma

Ashvin E. Rajagopalan

2.45pm to 3.30pm

Producing a Religious Object

An Anthropological Study of the Shia Panja in Islam

Sarover Zaidi in conversation with Vaishnavi Ramanathan

Parallel Breakout Session

National Treasures

The Temple, the Palace and the Government

Kanika Pruthi

3.30pm to 4.00pm

Tea Break

4.00pm to 4.45pm

An Ephemeral Inventory

Databases and Technology as Untameable Safeguards

R. Prakash in conversation with Dr. Alka Pande

4.45pm to 5:15pm

Forging the Way Forward

Preparing a Case for the Future of the Act and Protecting our Cultural Heritage

Ashvin E. Rajagopalan, Naman P. Ahuja, Pramod Kumar KG, and Siddharth Mehta

5.15 pm to 5:30pm

Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks

Ashvin E. Rajagopalan and Pramod Kumar KG

About The Event

Discover Byculla through fresh eyes as we connect the nature, history and art of Byculla through a nature and heritage walk. We open with tea at Piramal Museum of Art, Byculla Gallery that features a Thukral & Tagra work -- a series of 26 artworks at the gallery inspired by the flora of the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo. Each of these trees is the subject of a canvas. We then walk towards Rani Bagh's Botanical Garden where Hutokshi Rustomfram will take us on a tree appreciation walk covering some of these trees but also exploring the larger context of the garden. Alisha Sadikot takes over from here and takes us on a heritage walk as we travel through 19th century Byculla. This walk encourages an exploration of its complex histories, natural beauty and unique contemporary character in the face of the city's transformation.

About the facilitator:
Alisha Sadikot is an independent museums and heritage learning consultant working to instigate critical and creative public engagement with art, museum collections and heritage spaces in Mumbai through curated walks, visits and workshops. Formerly, she was Curator, Education & Outreach, at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum from 2012 - 2015.

Hutokshi Rustomfram is a Trustee of the Save Rani Bagh Botanical Garden Foundation, a public charitable trust established to promote, preserve and protect the heritage botanical garden of V.J.B. Udyan popularly called Rani Bagh. She has co-edited the large-format book 'Rani Bagh 150 Years' showcasing the botanical and cultural aspects of Mumbai's largest green public space. Information on Rani Bagh and the 12-year journey of the Foundation can be found on

Please note the Nature walk (Led by Save Rani Baugh Foundation) is free for all participants, the heritage walk will be charged. We have sold out on all free tickets, only paid tickets are available.

Event Schedule

Please note the Nature walk (Led by Save Rani Baugh Foundation) is free for all participants, the heritage walk will be charged. We have sold out on all free tickets, only paid tickets are available.

08.15 AM - Meet at Piramal Museum of Art, Byculla Gallery (Piramal Aranya). Tea and biscuits and Introductions amongst presenters and participants, followed by a short art walk on the T&T series of art works.
08:45 AM - Proceed to Rani Bagh | Hutokshi Rustomfram takes over and starts the nature and tree appreciation walk
9:30 AM - Alisha Sadikot starts the Byculla Heritage walk outside the Bagh
11:00 AM - End our heritage walk at the entrance to Rani Bagh

Route: Piramal Musuem of Art, Byculla Gallery - Rani Bagh - Gloria Church - Masina Hospital - Regina Pacis - Regal Cafe - Byculla Station - Byculla Market - Rani Bagh

Note: Participants are requested to carry their own water bottles, wear comfortable clothing preferably cotton and hats.