‘I broker culture’
She is also a scholar, an academic researcher, an educationist, a Kathak dancer trained by none other than Pandit Birju Maharaj. But the most popular of her avatars is that of an organiser of heritage walks. There too, she prefers to introduce herself as a performer. Befitting, then, is the title of her recent book Performing Heritage: Art of Exhibit Walks. No, this is not just another run-of-the-mill heritage walk guidebook, but a “work on the technique and art of cultural representation through the medium of heritage walks as experiential academic tool”. It puts forward the idea of heritage walks as pedagogy, where the living exhibit allows us to rethink various social science disciplines, and also to develop an interdisciplinary approach involving heritage as a central element for tackling contemporary social challenges.
“I broker culture. That’s the provocative word I use. My job is to broker a civilsational identity. This book is a tool kit that’s globally applicable. Delhi’s just a case study here. When
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