Internationally acclaimed Architect, Urban Designer, and Sustainability Expert, Sheila Sri Prakash makes a succinct presentation of a challenging project – a cultural icon that was crying out to be revived despite being mired in different controversies…
In this virtual meet (shot live) with Ar. Nandini Somaya Sampat, Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash revisits the architectural restoration and refurbishment of an important cultural icon of Chennai – The Rasika Ranjani Sabha – home to several cultural exclusivities be it a dance, musical recital, theatre, seminars, talk show or a workshop.
The resurrection of the Sabha in all its magnanimity and grandeur was a 14-year exercise – indeed a labour of love and commitment – to her childhood memories, her responsible giving back to society as an architect, and to the artistes and ardent art lovers who believed that the cultural pride of Mylapore would be restored. Ar. Sri Prakash dwells on the role of the architect here, which goes much beyond the built form and integrates the cultural, social, and political aspects into the microcosm of the immediate without foregoing the far-reaching vision of its future. A thoroughly engaging presentation.
Engineered as a succinct dialogue between two professionals – one, the Presenter and the other, the Guest Editor, here is Episode 4 of Vignettes… morsels that matter!
Presenter: Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash
Guest Editor: Ar. Nandini Somaya Sampat
Videography: Online on Airmeet
Video Editing: Tajammul Khot
Music Funny Song from Bensound.com.
Emcee: Ar. Vinita Wagh
Concept & Creative Direction: Lalit Hira
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