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Sun 30 Aug 2020

6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Kavaca: Quintessence of Indian Jewellery

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Kavaca: Quintessence of Indian Jewellery

August 30, 2020, Sunday| 06:30 - 08:00 AM IST

Special Guest: Shri. Ramanand Garge, Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Sydney (Australia)

Panelist and Chair: Smt. Shoba Narayan, Author and Journalist, Content Creator (India) - Why Jewellery and Indian Motifs


  • Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, Art Historian, UNESCO fellow, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Knowledge Campus, Jain University (India) - Temples, Tradition and Jewellery
  • Shri. Umesh Ganjam, Joint Managing Director, Ganjam (India) - Indian Jewellery in International Markets
  • Shri. Tarang Arora, Creative Director and Designer, Amrapali Jewels (India) - Diversity in Jewellery Designs across India



Shri. Ramanand Garge

Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Sydney (Australia)

Shri. Ramanand Garge is presently the Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), Consulate General of India, Sydney. Ramanand is a scholar of humanities and prior to this appointment has served in several capacities in academics and research field in India. He was fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. He is alumnus of Gujarat National Law University and University of Pune, Pune. He is a proven orator at the national and international level and significantly contributed in the form of research papers, monographs, chapters in the books, research article in the acclaimed international journals and publications etc. He was esteemed panelist of Loksabha and Rajyasabha TV, Government of India to deliberate issues of national and international significance. Apart from his academic interests Ramanand also explores travel photography (wildlife, architecture and cultural). Some of his artwork is showcased in national and international exhibitions.


Smt. Shoba Narayan

Author and Journalist, Content Creator (India)

Smt. Shoba Narayan is the author of four books. She has been a journalist and columnist for 30 years, writing for a number of national and international publications. She has written about travel, food, wine, culture, crafts and philanthropy, and has won a James Beard Award for her food writing. She has taught and lectured at universities in India and abroad. She is deeply interested in Indian aesthetics-- and has researched its influence on jewellery, music, textiles and scents. She founded and co-created a website called Project LooM, which documents the weaving traditions of India. Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.


Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal

Art Historian, UNESCO fellow, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Knowledge Campus, Jain University(India)

Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, Masters in History and Archaeology another Masters in Sociology and PhD in Art and Archaeology is an Art Historian of International repute, awarded five International and two national research fellowships, including the first scholar to receive the UK Visiting Nehru Fellowship at Victoria & Albert Museum London, UNESCO Silk Road Fellowship at Paris, UNSW Senior visiting Professor Fellowship at Sydney and Exeter Research Fellow at Exeter University UK, Currently she is awarded Tagore National Senior Fellow at National Museum Delhi. This is the most prestigious Fellowship from Government of India. Her major contribution has been to research; revive, restore the cultural heritage of India. She is the reputed art historian and cultural analyst, undertaken extensive research over four decades in art history, dance, music, sculpture, architecture, literature and scriptures, worshipping traditions, teaching, guiding, documentation, publication, and providing consultancy to national and international universities, institutions and museums Ministry of Culture, Government of Karnataka, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of HRD Government of India to enhance the knowledge towards the Indian culture. To pass on the values of Indian Culture and to recharge the younger generation, she had set up a Research Department of Cultural Studies at Jain University, Bangalore where over 100 young researchers are pursued their higher studies.


Shri. Umesh Ganjam

Joint Managing Director, Ganjam Jewellers (India)

Shri. Umesh Ganjam has been instrumental in restructuring and repositioning Ganjam into a prestigious brand with a classic-contemporary feel and flavour. He established Ganjam as a brand of international repute with exclusive boutiques in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi; and significant associations in the global scenario. With a legacy that spawns an illustrious line of traditional jewellers patronised by the Maharajas of Mysore dating back as far as 1889, Umesh Ganjam has close to four decades of experience in the jewellery industry. In addition to jewellery, he has set up an electronic component manufacturing and exporting company, which has a major share in the Indian market and an important player in the international arena. Umesh Ganjam is also passionate about the environment, photography and is highly supportive of culture in all forms.


Shri. Tarang Arora

Creative director and Designer, Amrapali Jewellers (India)

Born and raised in Jaipur, Tarang Arora comes from a family credited as the creators of one of India’s most magnificent heritage jewellery brands, Amrapali. Having a retail presence in over 38 locations world over, including India and internationally.  http://www.amrapalijewels.com/stores/ Amrapali Jaipur is a celebration of the timeless Indian art of adornment and authentic master craftsmanship. Breathing new life into centuries-old traditions of jeweler, Amrapali embodies a unique, bold and eclectic style. Like the legend of its namesake, a renowned courtesan of ancient India, Amrapali Jaipur is the expression of a mysterious, eternal world of delight. Tarang joined the Amrapali group of companies in 2004 and today, heads the International Operations and Design team. He was instrumental in getting Amrapali to Harrods and start Amrapali’s international flagship store in Beauchamp place, London. Under his guidance, Amrapali jewels have recently launched a museum called “Amrapali Museum” for showcasing Indian jewellery and craftsmanship as well as a research centre for designers who are keen to study the Indian jewellery.