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Sabyasachi Mukherjee in Conversation with Kamini Sawhney:
This episode of MAP’s series Director’s Cut features Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Mumbai, in conversation with the Director of MAP, Kamini Sawhney.
Under Mukherjee’s leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernisation, including refurbishment of the Museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation centre, a new Children’s Museum, an institutional archive, new galleries and educational initiatives. In 2010, in recognition of his initiatives, UNESCO awarded the Museum the 2010 Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
The Director’s Cut series offers a glimpse into how the institution of the museum is being reimagined and reinvented today and presents a unique opportunity to hear from reputed practitioners in museums around the world as they reflect on their institutional experiences, behind-the-scenes challenges, unique initiatives, and more.
Sabyasachi MukherjeeDirector General, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of CSMVS and also Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. He has organised numerous art exhibitions and international shows and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programmes and archive projects in partnership with museums worldwide.
A frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, more particularly the Bizot Group (a distinguished group of American and European museum directors) and the UK-AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), he has also been a fellow of the Nehru Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. The Bombay Management Association conferred ‘Special Jury Mention Award 2016–17’ on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the preservation of Indian culture and enhancing the glory of the museum. The University of Edinburgh has conferred upon him the degree of Doctor ‘honoris causa’ for transformation of CSMVS to a vibrant, engaged, cultural catalyst in Mumbai.
Kamini SawhneyDirector, Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru
Kamini Sawhney is the first Director of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bangalore. She has brought together a young, inspired team that is focused on creating a new museum experience for audiences in India.
In her earlier role, Kamini was the head of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation. Bringing institutions together in collaborative projects has been one of her special skills enabling audiences in India the opportunity to enjoy several exhibitions in collaboration with Tate, London, Foam, Amsterdam, the Duke University, Durham, the KNMA, New Delhi, and more. Sawhney was selected as one of the first candidates for the Brooks fellowship at Tate Modern, London in 2014 in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation.
In a previous avatar as journalist and television anchor, Kamini was the Bureau Chief of NDTV, Mumbai, one of India’s leading news channels where she reported on a whole range of events, both political and cultural.