On Museums (Lecture)
22 July, 2017
The Oberoi, Bangalore
Exploring the links between heritage, national identity and cultural capital, Shashi Tharoor talks of the sate of museums in India today. From questions of repatriation and the configuration of museum collections in India to questions of infrastructure, bureaucracy and funds, Tharoor explores the urgent need for revitalisation in the Indian museum landscape. Focusing on newer avenues opened by technology, museum tourism, the rich history of Indian arts, he will further speak of the significant ‘unlimited’ potential the sector offers.
An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. A second-term Lok Sabha MP who represents the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, Tharoor has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, including as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the organisation. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of works of both fiction as well as non-fiction, with his sixteenth book due for release in November 2016.