CULTURAL MANAGEMENT ‘MENTOR HOURS’




In 2020-21, the two-year Cultural Management in the Digital Age (CMDA) programme by the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and the Art X Company, focused on training cultural managers and developing cultural management expertise.


In 2022, as a continuation of the programme we have developed a digital mentorship session for Indian arts managers, which seeks to cultivate values-centred leadership, foster intellectual exchange, and bring expert insight to management practice.


With a specific focus on creating a system of support, Mentor Hours offers emerging cultural managers the opportunity to meet with up to 4 leaders from the field on one platform – to build connections, seek guidance, and gain from their mentor’s expertise.


The short-format, one-on-one meeting booths aim to bring expert insight to management practice, while the digital-format enables connections across different regions in the country. Applications are now closed. Meet the mentors and selected mentees below:


Mentors & Mentees


Arundhati Ghosh

Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts


Arundhati is the Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). She has received the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005, the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International in 2010, and the Chevening Clore Leadership Awards in the United Kingdom in 2015-2016. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and has facilitated the Young Cultural Innovators programme for four years. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels for arts organisations and is a member of the curatorial team of the International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2020 (ITFOK). She speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks. Mentees:

  • Monica Desai, Founder, Facilitator, The Creator's Nest, Artimately

  • Yadhukrishnan T M, Culture and Communications Coordinator, Alliance Francaise Bombay

  • Lakshmi Venkatraman, Freelance Arts Manager, Writer and Researcher

  • Anubhav Syal, Director, Round them oranges

  • Shikha Sethi, Deputy Director Programming, IFBE


Anchal Jain

Faculty Co-Chair, Creative & Cultural Businesses Programme (CCBP), IIM Ahmedabad


Anchal Jain is the Faculty Co-Chair at Creative & Cultural Businesses Programme (CCBP) at IIM Ahmedabad. He has over three decades of entrepreneurial, advisory and academic experience in creative and lifestyle industries. He has been working on strategy foundation for top business groups in India such as Titan Co and Aditya Birla Group. He is a member of the FICCI Skills Development Committee as well as the Task Force on Cluster based model of job creation. Anchal is the founding partner of Val-More Action Advisory, a holistic end-to-end business solution for Lifestyle and FMCG businesses. Mentees:

  • Anubhav Syal, Director, Round them oranges

  • Prabhjot Singh, Creative Director, The Roots India

  • Monica Desai, Founder Facilitator, The Creator's Nest and Artimately

  • Neha Arora, Senior Manager - Development and Operations, Science Gallery Bengaluru

  • Lakshmi Venkatraman, Freelance Arts Manager, Writer and Researcher


Amitesh Grover

Artist and Curator


Amitesh Grover (b. 1980, India) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist. He moves beyond theatre into installation, video, digital and text-based art. His work delves into themes like the dyad of absence/presence, the necessity of remembering, and the performance of resistance to keep on living. He is the recipient of MASH FICA Award, Prohelvetia Artist Award (Switzerland), Bismillah Khan National Award (India), Charles Wallace Award (U.K.), and was nominated for Arte Laguna Prize (Italy), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and Forecast (HKW, Germany). His work has been shown globally at venues like Southbank Centre (London), Arts Centre (Melbourne), MT Space (Canada), HKW Berlin (Germany), Belluard Bollwerk International (Switzerland), The Hartell Gallery (U.S.), and in India at Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Chennai Photo Biennale, VAICA Video Art Festival among several others. He has curated for ITFoK Festival (Kerala), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), and Serendipity Arts Festival (Goa). He studied at University of Arts London, and is a published author in several performance journals. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the National School of Drama (India) and is a visiting faculty at NYU Tisch School of Drama. His work and reviews are available online www.amiteshgrover.com


Mentees:

  • Raj Maurya, Senior Design Fellow and Archivist, Abohar History Project

  • Barnamala Roy, Independent Professional

  • Muhammed Sareef, Performing arts researcher

  • Shikha Sethi, Deputy Director Programming, IFBE

  • Gayatri Manu, Programme Associate, Science Gallery Bengaluru


Sumona Chakravarty

Founder, Hamdasti and Vice President, DAG Museums Programme


Sumona Chakravarty is the founder of Hamdasti, a Kolkata-based arts platform for socially engaged arts practices. Her work is participatory in nature, engaging diverse communities over a long period of time and collaboratively intervening in public spaces. Sumona is a graduate of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, with a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has been a Fellow in the ArtThink South Asia Program at Khoj, Delhi and at the Global Cultural Leaders Program, hosted by the European Union. She is currently working at DAG as the Vice President of the organisation's Museum Programme. Mentees:

  • Neha Arora, Senior Manager - Development and Operations, Science Gallery Bengaluru

  • Nikita Sarkar, Founder, SICCA & Falana Films

  • Raj Maurya, Senior Design Fellow and Archivist, Abohar History Project

  • Sheena Maria Piedade, Creative director, LOVER

  • Yadhukrishnan T M, Culture and Communications Coordinator, Alliance Francaise Bombay



Date: Thursday 4 August 2022

Time: 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. IST


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