Speakers at the next Pecha Kucha Night

Pecha Kucha #15 in Delhi, themed, ‘Our Spaces, Our Voices‘, is approaching ever closer, and we’re just over a week away from the event. This makes it a perfect time to begin introducing the excellent group of speakers we’ve lined up for you this time around. As always, I’ve been in conversation with them over the past few weeks, not only explaining the theme and the format of the event, but talking about the many different aspects of Public Space, whether tangible or not-so-tangible, and how we have seen them occupied, rejected, and transformed in various ways. This Pecha Kucha aims to bring a wide range of these different perspectives to the fore, and so we’ve curated a list of diverse and exciting speakers, the first batch of whom I’m introducing in this blogpost:

Dr. Kalpana Viswanath has been working on issues of women’s rights since early 1990’s, and is Senior Advisor to the Safe Delhi Initiative of Jagori, working in collaboration with UN HABITAT and UN Women. She has been the Project Director of the four country Gender Inclusive Cities Project managed by Women in Cities International. This fascinating project involved mapping urban spaces across the city in terms of their safety for women. Kalpana works with different stakeholders in their efforts to address women’s safety in the city through projects on urban design and planning, improved policing and improved public transport, among other interventions. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Awaz Uthao (a pilot project to create women’s safety collectives in communities in Delhi) and an invited member of the Working group on Development of Planning Guidelines of UTTIPEC (urban development body in Delhi).

Anita Anand has interest and experience in the development sector, and has worked as a policy analyst in Washington DC and in a Third world news agency headquartered in Italy. She has also headed the Indian chapter of Women’s Feature Services, worked as a consultant to various UN Organizations as well as a host of different NGOs. She is passionate about writing, painting and training, and is currently working on a book of her experiences in Afghanistan while making beautiful water color paintings in her garden. For her Pecha Kucha presentation, Anita will be speaking about the idea of institutions — family, school and government, among others — and the kinds of dialogue that are allowed and disallowed within these, especially around the largely hidden question of sexuality.

Himanshu Verma is an arts curator and the founder of Red Earth (www.redearthindia.com), a New Delhi based independent arts organisation that works with Indian contemporary visual art as well as diverse forms of cultural expression, started in 2004. Under the banner of Red Earth, Himanshu curates exhibitions, visual art projects, and art festivals. His curatorial work engages with diverse themes and narratives, such as Indian seasons and festivals, Food, Delhi, as well as other themes like masculinity, and contemporary Indian urban culture.

Anshu Gupta, the founder of GOONJ, is a postgraduate in economics with a double PG Dip. in Journalism, Advertising and PR from IIMC. In 1998, Anshu left a corporate career to work full time on GOONJ, since when he has led its growth as an idea and as a nationwide movement, making clothing a matter of concern and linking it with the development process. An Ashoka Fellow and the Global Ambassador of Ashoka, Anshu is creating a mass movement for recycling and reuse of tones of waste material by channelising it from the cities to the villages as a resource for rural development.

Sumandro Chattapadhyay (www.ajantriks.net) is a researcher interested in economies, politics, cultures and landscapes of data. He has studied economics and enjoys working with non-economists. Previously, he has worked with architects and programmers on issues of urban transformation and data visualisation, respectively. Presently he is associated with Sarai-CSDS, New Delhi. Riju, based on his experience working in urban spaces, is going to talk about the idea of ‘Urban Glitches’. Intrigued and interested in what exactly this means? Comes to the Pecha Kucha Night to find out!

When: Thursday, January 31st 2013, 7:00 pm
Where: The Adianta School of Leadership and Innovation, D-57, Chattarpur Enclave (see map)
What to bring: Yourselves, your friends, and an appetite for conversation!
RSVP: Call Chandan Dash 011-33451318, or
Join our event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/118342518339347/

*This is the first of two posts introducing speakers at the next Pecha Kucha Night. Stay tuned for more.

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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