There’s an idea that’s been percolating for a while in the minds of many people in India. What’s the price of change? Will Indians still recognise their country as it hurtles into a larger arena of influence and economic power?
For many Indians who understand the risks of global homogeneity, the myriad crafts and artistic traditions from across the vast Indian subcontinent are the very things that will help India survive the future with its Indian-ness intact.
Michael’s first port of call is with a designer called Ishan Khosla. He’s based at a place in southern Delhi called Hauz Khas Village, on the edge of a massive water tank or reservoir, built in the 14th century. The Village is a tangle of narrow streets that, over the past seven or so years, have increasingly become gentrified, housing a mix of creative businesses and boutique shops.
From there, Michael heads to another part of South Delhi called Greater Kailash Part 1—simply known as GK1—to meet a woman everyone seems to be talking about. Her name is Minhazz Majumdar. She’s one of a breed of very strong, capable and influential women in modern India.
Both Minhazz and Ishan are powerful advocates for the importance of traditional artforms and regional voices in India’s future.
© 2012, Michael Shirrefs & ABC RN