Museums and the Arts


Through Zoom and Facebook Live

8 October, 2020 - 8 October, 2020

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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 will explore 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.


Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts
Sanjna Kapoor, Co-founder, Junoon, theatre personality
Karni Singh Jasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur
Preeti Vasudevan, Founder and Artist Director, Thresh


Vinod Daniel (Chair AusHeritage and Board Member International Council of Museums)


Through Zoom and Facebook Live

Date: 8 October, 2020

Time: 6 PM IST

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Sanjoy K. Roy, an entrepreneur of the arts, is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 33 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across 40 cities in countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, including the world’s largest free literary gathering — the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. Roy has received the National Award for Excellence and Best Director for the film Shahjahanabad: The Twilight Years. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefited from education, training and residential services. In 2011, the White House presented SBT the US President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities Award for an International Organisation.

Roy works closely with various industry bodies and Government on policy issues within the Creative Industries and Cultural Sector in India and is a senior office-bearer on several committees working on policy infrastructure for the creative industries – he is Co-chair of the Art and Culture Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and former President of Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) and an advisor to the Arts Council of England Diversity board for theatre. He is on the advisory council of various International Agencies, Federations and Universities.

Sanjna Kapoor is well known for her passionate work with theatre over two decades, and for having built Prithvi Theatre into one of India’s premier cultural hubs (1990 to 2011). She is responsible for having brought to Indian audiences some of the finest of world and Indian theatre, being the first to introduce a touring theatre festival into the Indian scene. She has also played a key role as a catalyst for theatre for children. She co-founded Junoon (2012 to 2020) and spearheaded Junoon’s school programme, and continued the legacy of both the Kapoors and the Kendals to take theatre to people across the country.

Sanjna has also been responsible for initiating the India Theatre Forum network for theatre practitioners. She was involved in building an all-India theatre alliance, based on a practical sharing of resources and ideas, as well as consolidating and strengthening theatre practice in India, that developed the first theatre management training programme, and is one of the core team member and facilitator of SMART India, Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. In 2020 Sanjna was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a knighthood conferred by the Ministry of Culture, Government of France in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature and the propagation of these fields.

Karni Singh Jasol is director of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust Jodhpur and served as project advisor and organizing curator of Peacock in the Desert – The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, which featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, and The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Mr. Jasol was educated at Mayo College in Rajasthan and holds a master’s degree in museum management and Indian history, culture, and ethnoarchaeology from the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in Vadodara. Mr. Jasol has been the recipient of several awards, including The Charles Wallace Award for a study on the collection, management, and storage system of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Nehru Trust Award for a study on museum education in Indian museums. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and worked at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Mr. Jasol co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, for which he received the prestigious Alfred Barr Award of the College Arts Association.

Award-winning Indian choreographer, performer, and educator, Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Thresh, a performing arts collaborative that creates experimental productions fostering provocative dialogues around questions of identity, and our collective relationship with heritage cultures and contemporary lives. Preeti is on the 2020 Artistic Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Other recognitions include: Dance Lab New York / Joyce Theater Creation Grant and The Center for Ballet and the Arts’ Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance.



Vinod Daniel is an internationally recognised museum expert. He holds a number of positions including as Chairman of the Board for AusHeritage, Board Member of the International Council of Museums, CEO of Daniel Aspac Pty Ltd and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Trustee of the India Vision Institute. He has been a Board Member of the Australia India Council (1995 – 2011) and Vice Chairman of the International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation (2008 – 2014). He was awarded the Indo-Australian Award for Meritorious Service by the Indo Australian Association in 2009, the International Council of Museums Australia award for International Relations in 2011 amongst others. He has worked with the Getty Conservation Institute (1990-95), the Australia Museum (1995-2010) and on other museum-related projects in over 60 countries, published and presented over 70 papers and has been featured extensively in media articles related to museums.



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