Why Transformation Is Taking Such a Long Time in India and the Role that Art Can Play

Navneet Rama discusses ways that artists, environmentalists, conservationists, and political actors are contributing to revitalize the communities of the historically important city of Varanasi. Significant for Buddhism, Varanasi is considered to be the holiest site in the world in both Hinduism and Jainism.


  • Navneet Rama is the founder of the Kriti Gallery & Residency arts center and has served as an advisor on heritage to Varanasi’s mayor, chair of the Benares Cultural Foundation, a convenor of the Varanasi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, and UNESCO’s representative for Varanasi.
  • Sandra Coliver is senior managing legal officer for freedom of information and expression with the Open Society Justice Initiative.

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Date: September 12, 2016
Time: 2:003:00 p.m.
Sandra Coliver and Navneet Rama