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

  • When
  • September 12, 2016
    2:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Sandra Coliver and Navneet Rama

How Art Is Revitalizing a Historic City in India


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.


  • SC

    Sandra Coliver


    Sandra Coliver is senior team manager for freedom of information and expression with the Open Society Justice Initiative.

  • NR

    Navneet Rama


    Navneet Rama is the founder of the Kriti Gallery & Residency arts center and has served as an adviser on heritage to Varanasi’s mayor, chair of the Benares Cultural Foundation, a convener of the Varanasi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, and UNESCO’s representative for Varanasi.

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