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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power


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Sun 23 Aug 2020

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Handmade in India

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Handmade in India

August 23, 2020, Sunday | 05:30 - 07:00 PM IST

Artistic and functional, sustainable and sentimental, the range of India’s handicrafts are probably the most diverse not just from the artisan’s point of view but also by their connect to regional and spatial impulses. A glimpse of a few reveals this inherent nature.

Special Guest:H.E. Smt. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand

Chair: Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Professor, IISc (India) – Inspiration for Indian Crafts Historically


  • Shri. Ishan Khosla, Founder, Typecraft Initiative (India) – Branding Indian Craft
  • Shri. Archish Mathe, Zishta, Traditional Kitchenware(India) – Science of Indian Cookware
  • Shri. Sudhir Kasliwal, CFO, Gem Palace (India) – Indian Jewellery in Foreign Bazaars

Smt Suchitra Durai

Ambassador of India to Thailand

Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1988, Smt Suchitra Durai has served in various capacities both at Headquarters and abroad. She has served as High Commissioner of India to Kenya, as India’s Ambassador to Somalia and as Permanent Representative of India to the UN offices in Nairobi (UNON) from October 2015 to October 2018. From October 2015 to mid-2016 she also served as India’s Ambassador to Eritrea. Prior to this she was the Director General dealing with Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Indian Ocean Region in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi from 2014-2015. From 2012 to 2014 she was Director General for Consular Affairs. Her earlier stints at the Government of India include that of Director and Acting Head of the Division in MEA dealing with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives in 2007; Deputy Secretary and Head of the External Relations Division of the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai from 1998-2001; Desk Officer for Disarmament and International Security Affairs in MEA from 1993-96 and Desk Officer for Western Europe from 1992-1993. She has served abroad as Minister (Culture) and Director of the Indian Cultural Centre at Cairo from 2009-2012; as Counsellor at Embassy of India in Vienna and Alternate to the Governor for India at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 2001-2006; as First Secretary in the Embassy of India in Buenos Aires from 1996-1998 and as Third Secretary (Language Trainee)/Second Secretary at the Embassy of India, Madrid from 1990-1992.


Prof. Anjula Gurtoo

Professor, IISc(India)

Prof. Anjula Gurtoo is a faculty member of, Indian Institute of Science, Department of Management Studies. Her interests include Studies on Sustainable Development, Informal Economy, and Environmental Sustainability.


Shri. Ishan Khosla

Founder, Typecraft Initiative (India)

Shri. Ishan Khosla (b. Kochi, 1976) is a visual artist and designer with an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. After studying and working in the US for more than a decade, Ishan moved to India in 2008, to start Ishan Khosla Design — a multi-disciplinary company that examines and experiments with various aspects of contemporary Indian culture through the language of design.


Shri. Archish Mathe

Zishta, Traditional Kitchenware (India)

Shri. Archish Mathe, one of the co-founders of Zishta, loves to work with different artisan communities to catalog and preserve traditional knowledge.


Shri. Sudhir Kasliwal

CFO, Gem Palace (India)

Shri. Sudhir Kasliwal is a fifth-generation jeweller, photographer, collector and cultural historian, He has richly contributed towards strengthening Jaipur’s place on the international tourist map not only through his jewellery establishment ‘The Gem Palace’, but also through his powerful photographs and his collection of vintage and classic cars.