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Sun 06 Sep 2020

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Traversing Dimensions

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Traversing Dimensions

September 06, 2020, Sunday | 05:30 - 07:00 PM IST

From the tales of travelers to ancient India, to the curated offerings of modern day tour circuits, to the mystic experiences of Yoga, India has a lot to offer. Soft power is most potent when on a visit to India, and is experienced first-hand… from vistas of gully cricket, to hot piping chai to the visions of snow-clad Himalayas, to
a fortuitous sighting of the Bengal Tiger.

Special Guest: Dr. Usha R K, Director ICCR, Moscow, Russia

Chair: Mr. Aayush Rathi, Co-founder Roobaroo Walks (India) – Crafting Trails Across India


  • Ms. Philipa Kaye, Author, Founder and Managing Director of Indian Experiences (UK) – Travelling through a Different India
  • Ms. Mariellen Ward, Professional Travel Writer (Canada) – Writing Indian Travel Diaries
  • Ms. Rashmi Sawant, Founder, Culture Aangan (India) – Curating Experiential Tourism
  • Mr. Vaibhav Chauhan, Director, Sahapedia (India) – History through Heritage Walks

Dr Usha R K

Director - ICCR

Dr. Usha RK is currently serving as Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Moscow. She is a former Member Secretary Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and has the credit of securing the Nominations of Yoga, Kumbh Mela and Varanasi Creative city in UNESCO Representatives List. Dance became her companion during the days of her schooling. A pioneer in the Arts Organising sphere she has carved a niche for herself as an impresario of formidable caliber and competence.


Mr. Aayush Rathi

Co-founder Roobaroo Walks (India)

Mr. Aayush Rathi is fascinated by India's rich history and its vibrant social and cultural landscape. So much so that after graduating from IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad and working with the Boston Consulting Group, he decided to follow his passion and co-founded Roobaroo Walks in 2015 to explore the vibrant Indian heritage and ease its in-depth discovery. They are now a team of 22 Storytellers, 150+ Cultural experts offering immersive travel experiences across 8 Indian destinations.


Ms. Philipa Kaye

Author, Founder and Managing Director of Indian Experiences (UK) –

Ms. Philippa Kaye has been a specialist in travel to India since 1998, she has spent 13 years living in India, is the founder of Indian Experiences which is a consultancy to the Indian Travel trade, training on product development and unique experiences. She has developed a reputation for advocating the real India, off beat travel, beyond the main sights and monuments. Her tagline is Monuments Create the Backdrop but People Create the Experiences. She blogs about India at www.memsahibinindia.com and is the author of Escape to India perhaps India’s first novel set in Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh.


Ms. Mariellen Ward

Professional Travel Writer (Canada)

Ms. Mariellen Ward started travelling in 2005 with an epic six-month trip to India. She has spent more than 6 years of the last 14 in India, and now lives in Rishikesh, the Yoga capital of the world. Though Canadian by birth, Mariellen considers India to be her "soul culture." With her travel blog, Breathedreamgo, and her custom travel company, India for Beginners, she tries to encourage and help other travellers to go after their dreams.


Ms. Rashmi Sawant

Founder, Culture Aangan (India)

Ms. Rashmi Sawant is an acclaimed entrepreneur leading a successful enterprise contributing to conservation of bio-diversity, environment, arts. crafts and promoting rural livelihood.. Her achievements include conceptualizing and organizing the first ever a broad city based International cultural festival - Mumbai Festival 2005. Revived the dying tribal puppetry art from of the village Pinguli ; leading to the conservation of the art form and establishing a source of income for the tribal puppeteers Selected as one of the 9 social businesses across the globe for participation in the Impact Booster program by the Dutch Government, Netherlands.


Mr. Vaibhav Chauhan

Director, Sahapedia (India)

Mr. Vaibhav Chauhan has trained in managing and conserving heritage. A founder member of Sahapedia.org, he is its Secretary and is responsible for resource development, outreach and operations. As Sahapedia's outreach vertical, Vaibhav initiated adn led India Heritage Walks and India Heritage Walks festival, an award winning network of heritage experiences which seeks to bring people closer to their local heritage and culture.