The panel will feature journalist Naresh Fernandes, whose Taj Mahal Foxtrot explores the history of Bombay Jazz, historian Simin Patel who tells stories of city structures through her organisation Bombaywalla Historical Works, and filmmaker Somnath Waghmare, whose upcoming film Chaityabhumi examines the narratives around Babasaheb Ambedkar’s final resting place in Dadar.
The speakers will not only discuss their work but also expand upon a few fundamental underlying questions: why do we remember; what are the ways in which we access the past; and what are the ways in which the permanence of things we take for granted can often be an illusion in the shifting sands of history.
Inspired by Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali’s poem “Farewell,” Event, Memory, Metaphor explores the intricate intertwining of memory and history to ask fundamental questions about how — and why — we access the past through artworks by Areez Katki, Garima Gupta, Muzzumil Ruheel, Parag Tandel, Philippe Calia, Saju Kunhan, Sameer Kulavoor, and Saubiya Chasmawala.
About the Speakers
Naresh Fernandes is a Mumbai based journalist and author. He is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital daily. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Time Out India, and worked at The Times of India in Mumbai and The Wall Street Journal in New York. His journalism has appeared in the leading magazines, publications and newspapers alI over the world. He is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age in 2012 and City Adrift: A Short Biography in Bombay in 2013 amongst other books. He is also on the editorial policy board of the World Policy Journal.