Learn: Adult Audiences

Adult-Learning

Art is all around us, and whether we acknowledge it or not, art plays an integral role in all our lives. At MAP, we believe that adults can benefit greatly from the lifelong learning opportunities that arts and culture activities provide. Sensitising adults to India’s rich cultural and artistic heritage is an equally important aspect of MAP’s mission. Besides encouraging creativity and broadening perspective, an arts education can help build important life skills for adults to navigate the visually saturated world of the 21st century. In short, arts can enrich lives.

We design programmes and resources that are suitable for audiences of all age groups. MAP regularly curates workshops for adult audiences, as well as a range of talks and lectures that are delivered by leading cultural figures and practitioners. Through these public conversations, we hope to build awareness and generate interest in art and culture. At MAP, we believe everyone can and should experience and enjoy art.

A Walk on the Wild Side
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

A Walk on the Wild Side

As part of MAP’s Women in Art and Culture series, MAP presents a talk with multi-disciplinary designer and director Akhila Krishnan (representing Kadak Collective) and visual artist Indu Antony. 

Performing Gender
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Performing Gender

As part of MAP’s Women in Art and Culture series, MAP presents four female theatre practitioners, Yuki Elias, Sharanya Ramprakash, Rashmi Ravikumar and Deepika Arwind in conversation with Lekha Naidu.

Mediating the Gaze in a Lens-based Culture
Artist Talk
Age: 18+

Mediating the Gaze in a Lens-based Culture

Zoya Siddiqui in conversation with curator and writer Anushka Rajendran, talking about her practice, material processes, and the stories, spaces and experiences that influence her work.

How the Horse Shaped India
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

How the Horse Shaped India

Dr Yashaswini Chandra, author of 'The Tale of the Horse: A History of India on Horseback' in conversation with equine veterinarian Dr. Hasneyn Mirza and Anirudh Kanisetti.

Conservation: Now and the Future
MAP Museum Webinars
Age: 18+

Conservation: Now and the Future

This panel discussion brings together four experts in collections conservation to explore the contemporary state of the profession.

Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America
MAP TalksArt is Life
Age: 18+

Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America

As part of MAP’s ongoing theme, Art is Life, we are pleased to present an illustrated presentation by Bakirathi Mani on her new book Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America. The discussion that followed with Annu Palakunnathu Mathew focuses on her series An Indian from India, also featured in the book. Mani’s book and...

A Tree Grows in a Painting
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

A Tree Grows in a Painting

A richly illustrated talk by Dr Annapurna Garimella that explores indigenous representations of the world around them.

The Wonder of Islamic Art: A Global View
Art & Culture Lecture SeriesThe Deep Dive
Age: 13+

The Wonder of Islamic Art: A Global View

This lecture by Navina Najat Haider explores the diverse artistic legacies of Islam through the encyclopedic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Traditions and Transitions The Kalamkari Through Time
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Traditions and Transitions The Kalamkari Through Time

Traditions & Transitions: The Kalamkari Through Time

MAP launches its theme of Creative Connections, with textile artist Renuka Reddy in conversation with researcher, curator and collector Peter Lee. The duo explore the material histories of kalamkari in the subcontinent, through select works from the MAP Collection, providing insights into techniques, motifs and markets that shaped the evolution of this textile art across different cultures.

Art & Empowerment⁠
MAP TalksArt & Culture Lecture Series | Inclusion & Diversity
Age: 13+

Art & Empowerment⁠

V R Ferose and Vicky Roy in conversation⁠

How can art help empower marginalised individuals and communities? What role can it play in awareness and exposure? What are the economic advantages it can offer? ⁠

What does it take to make a museum inclusive?
MAP Museum Webinars
Age: 13+

What does it take to make a museum inclusive?

What does it take to make a museum inclusive? ⁠

Do you feel welcome in a museum? Is it a place that appeals to you and makes you feel like you belong?⁠

No matter who you are, the answer should be YES!⁠

Art & Queer Identities
MAP TalksArt & Culture Lecture Series | Inclusion & Diversity
Age: 13+

Art & Queer Identities

In continuation of its #InclusionAndDiversity theme, MAP presents a conversation between transgender rights activist, artist and entrepreneur, Kalki Subramaniam and Parmesh Shahani, author of "Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace". ⁠

Caste & Culture
MAP TalksArt & Culture Lecture Series | Inclusion & Diversity
Age: 18+

Caste & Culture

MAP launches its theme of Inclusion & Diversity with a conversation between vocalist, writer and activist T M Krishna and leading scholar and author Suraj Yengde. ⁠

The session explores the patterns of privilege and exclusion that shape access to cultural art forms and pursuits, raising questions of the ethical and representational issues implicit in art that reflects a hierarchical society. ⁠

Museums and the Arts
MAP Museum Webinars
Age: 18+

Museums and the Arts

Museums have played a significant role in preserving, promoting and displaying the arts, but they also have a very important role in supporting the arts and artists especially within their local environment.⁠

This panel discussion explores how museums, especially in India, can work closely with the art community including the performing arts. How can museums assist in cultural rejuvenation, become hubs of creativity and use their collections to rejuvenate arts that are disappearing? And finally what should be the role of museums in preserving and supporting collections outside their spaces.⁠

Design in India
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Design in India

In its last feature under the Creative Connections theme, MAP presents fashion designer David Abraham (of the fashion house Abraham & Thakore) in conversation with textiles designer and educator Aditi Ranjan, co-editor of Handmade in India, an encyclopaedic record of craft traditions across the length and breadth of the country. ⁠

A Jewish Sufi Yogi
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

A Jewish Sufi Yogi

Jonathan Gil Harris in conversation with Shilpa Vijayakrishnan⁠

As part of its ongoing theme of Creative Connections, MAP is pleased to present acclaimed author, Jonathan Gil Harris, in conversation with MAP’s Education & Outreach Department lead, Shilpa Vijayakrishnan. ⁠

Art & Friendship
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Art & Friendship

Alexander Gorlizki & Riyaz Uddin in conversation with Kamini Sawhney⁠

As part of its ongoing theme ‘Creative Connections’, MAP presents artists, Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin who have been working together for over two decades in a unique partnership that brings together influences and traditions from the East and West. The session, moderated by MAP Director Kamini Sawhney, explores their collaboration that is built not only upon the cross-cultural exchange of artistic thought and practice, but also an evolving personal friendship over time.

Director’s Dialogue Series Peabody Essex Museum Director Brian Kennedy in conversation with MA
Art & Culture Lecture Series
Age: 18+

Director’s Dialogue Series Peabody Essex Museum Director Brian Kennedy in conversation with MA

Abhishek Poddar, founder of MAP in conversation with Brian Kennedy as a guest on the Director's Dialogue series.

Abhishek Poddar is a prominent collector and patron of the arts in India. He has been collecting art since high school and has created a significant collection of South Asian art, craft and antiquities, including modern and contemporary art and photography.

Redefining the Indian Museum
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Redefining the Indian Museum

Redefining the Indian Museum: An Online Panel Discussion⁠

ICOM defines a museum as a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.⁠

Breaking the Fourth Wall
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Breaking the Fourth Wall

The ‘godmother of performance art’, Marina Abramović burst onto the '70s art scene with cathartic performances that pushed the envelope on spectator participation and personal safety in unexpected and unprecedented ways.

Beyond a Witness
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Beyond a Witness

Keeping in line with the month’s theme 'Art as Witness', MAP in association with the Bangalore International Centre (BIC), brought together two exemplary photographers of social action and change, Sebastião Salgado and Shahidul Alam, in a webinar hosted on 27 June. Moderated by Nathaniel Gaskell, the discussion centred on the photographic journeys of the acclaimed Brazilian and Bangladeshi photographers, and elaborated on the power of photography to catalyse social change. Through an unveiling of their personal journeys and experiences, the discussion also highlighted the positive influence of activism and the use of one’s voice against oppression.

The Camera as Witness
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

The Camera as Witness

⁠Keeping in line with the month’s theme 'Art as Witness', MAP in association with the Bangalore International Centre (BIC), is happy to share the first talk we hosted as part of the series: The Camera As Witness: The Truth of our Times.⁠

Photographers Prashant Panjiar and Fawzan Husain in conversation with columnist Akar Patel, explored the role of photojournalism, the nature of documentary photography and its significance in recording history as well as shaping the historical narrative.⁠

B N Goswamy on the Mysore Bhagavata
Art & Culture Lecture Series
Age: 18+

B N Goswamy on the Mysore Bhagavata

As part of MAP's Art & Culture Lecture Series - member of our advisory panel - Professor B N Goswamy gave an illustrated talk from his latest book:

A CANOPY OF ARROWS; A MOUNTAIN OF FIRE
Great Images from a Bhagavata Purana of the Mysore Court

Behind the Camera
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Behind the Camera

Prominent actor and filmmaker, Nandita Das in conversation with journalist Kaveree Bamzai, spoke from her personal experiences on what it meant to be a ‘woman director’, while exploring the idea of a female gaze, the realities of sexism, and more.

Storytelling women
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Storytelling women

Celebrated author, Anita Nair, shared about what compelled her to write stories and what made writing about women – their lives, inner worlds, as well as their relationships with men and other women – special.

Aspects of the Feminine
MAP Talks
Age: 18+

Aspects of the Feminine

Famed Bharatanatyam exponent, Malavika Sarukkai, in conversation with author and scientist Indira Brunner Chandrasekhar as part of our 'Women in Art & Culture Lecture' series

Max Pinckers
Art & Culture Lecture Series
Age: 18+

Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers uses improvisation to create images that are lively, unexpected, and simultaneously poetic belying the extensive preparation and rigour he brings to his craft. His approach to documentary photography emphasises the subjectivity of the artist. From tales of the serendipitous to the theatricality of the everyday encounters on the street, his talk will explore the stories that lie within photographs, and behind their making.

Kaifinama
Art & Culture Lecture Series
Age: 18+

Kaifinama

In this, the centenary year of one of Urdu literature’s brightest stars, Kaifi Azmi, a shayar, a rebel, a writer and a lyricist who has given the Hindi film industry some of its most iconic songs, BIC in collaboration with MAP, celebrates Kaifisaab with his daughter Shabana Azmi, in an evening of poetry, storytelling and guftagu.