A National Seminar was organized on the topic “Culture as a Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development with the focus on Rejuvenation of Culturally Significant Cities” by Vastu Kala Academy, College of Architecture, New Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi recently on 10th and 11th November, 2018 2018 at Auditorium, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, India.
During the Seminar, it was highlighted that Globalization is beneficial for the economic growth of the countries, but at the same time it has a tendency to flatten the imageability and cultural diversity existing in the cities. The global community has appreciated this concern and has accordingly modified the definition of sustainable development and has included cultural vitality as a fourth pillar, to economic viability, environmental responsibility and social equity. India is an ancient civilization and has large quantum of cultural attributes woven in the cities.
The seminar was attended by well-known architects, planners, NGOs, institutions and professionals and students of Art, Culture and Heritage.The eminent speakers will were Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, the Member Secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Shri Prashant C. Bajpai, the Chairman of Vastukala Academy, College of Architecture, New Delhi, Prof. KT Ravindran, Ex-Chairman, Delhi Urban Art Commission and Head of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture of New Delhi, Prof. AGK Menon, an architect, urban planner and conservation consultant and founder member INTACH, Shri Vijay Garg, President of Council of Architecture, Prof. Ramesh K. Safaya, Ex—Executive Director of Research, Consultancy and Training, HUDCO and Director, Vastukala Academy, College of Architecture, New Delhi, Dr Achal Pandya, Associate Professor and Head of Conservation Division at IGNCA, Shri R. S. Tiwari, IAS, Ex-Secretary, Department of Tourism Govt. of Bihar and Dr. Anand Burdhan, Secretary, Museum Association of India and senior faculty at Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management, New Delhi.
The seminar attempted to highlight the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of cities and tried to find out ways and means to balance the developmental requirements, people’s aspiration and heritage conservation. The seminar also deliberated on issues concerning the protection of Temple Art and Architecture, role of Museums in changing Society, and also to make an attempt to formulate a mechanism by which the Folk Theatre, Folk Art, Folk Music and Folk Painting survives with the rising levels of urbanization in the Country.
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