International Seminar on Survey, Mapping and Cartography

International Seminar on Survey, Mapping and Cartography


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About The Event

The Kalakriti Archives - Prshant Lahoti Collection of Maps was instituted to acquire, preserve and interpret heritage of world civilisations spreading over cultures and continents. At present, over 3000 vintage maps of the Foundation are at the centre of this exercise. The collection spans from the 16th Century until the 20th Century and are represented through physical maps, political maps, surveillance maps, railway maps, war maps, city maps, regional maps, maps showing natural resources, trade maps, port city maps and colonial maps, covering all major Indian cities, states and regions. A curious set of pilgrimage maps and painted maps are also part of the collection. It is the largest and most representative collection of maps in a private collection in India today.

This Seminar on Cartography and Map-making in India is an allied event around this rich collection of maps. Organized during the 15th Edition of the annual cultural festival Krishnakriti, the seminar aims to assemble scholars, historians, cartographers, mathematicians and scientists in an attempt to understand important surveys, cartographic projects and their politics in Indian history. The papers presented in the seminar can be informed from the Prshant Lahoti collection or be independent works which can provide a context to the archive in the long run.

The Seminar will be an open event for scholars, college and university students, historians, archivists, academicians, artists, local government officials and art enthusiasts.

Participants and Speakers: Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, GOI; Karen Leonard, University of California; Shri U.J. Gujjar, Additional Surveyor General of India; Sudeshna Guha, Professor of Archaeology, Shiv Nadar University, UP; Prof. Madhu Khanna, Tagore National Fellow, National Museum, Shakeel Hossain, Architect, Designer and Historian, Houston; Peter Plassmeyer, Director, Mathematische - Physikalischer Salon, Dresden, Benny Kuriakose, Kochi Muziris Project, Kerala.



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