Private meets public

“Heritage conservation is important to have a sense of memory and history. It is not just a question of your taste or aesthetics,” says Tasneem Mehta, Honorary Director of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, to an eager audience. It is full-house, like at a stand-up comedy night, at the Education Centre in the backyard of the Museum. Curators, architects and conservation enthusiasts are part of the crowd for a panel discussion on heritage restoration put together by Asia Society India and the Museum. The venue, with its beige walls and chocolaty brown rafters, once used to be a dingy storehouse for the Museum, we are told. Saved from demolishment, a common end for many old structures in the city, it is now as up-market looking as a Bandra cafe with an old-world charm.

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