Lecture on ‘Taj – A Search for Authenticity’ by Navin Piplani
Date: 26th July 2018
Time: 4.30 pm
Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the lecture. The Taj Mahal, commonly known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a monument synonymous with divine beauty. Architecturally it has perfect proportions and tourists from around the globe visit it as once a lifetime experience. Reams have been written about it by scholars and a thousand cameras have clicked its iconic image. It has been the subject of many paintings and its story of the love of a Mughal Emperor for his beloved wife, captured in stone for eternity, is now engraved in history. Indeed it is a monument that has no parallel in the world.
The lecture will explore the many facets of the Taj Mahal as an architectural marvel, a mausoleum, a tourist destination, the heritage of the world and a symbol of love. The various efforts for its conservation and preservation will also be discussed in the light of natural and man-made forces. It will deconstruct the prevalent notions of ‘what the Taj is?’ and help re-imagine the authentic experience of the site.
Navin Piplani is a Conservation Architect and a former Director of Studies and Hamlyn Feilden Fellow, Centre for Conservation Studies, The University of York, United Kingdom. Currently, he is the Principal Director, INTACH Heritage Academy, New Delhi.
Since 2002, Navin has worked as a core member of the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative, as part of a multi-disciplinary team of heritage professionals, engaged in the conservation of the World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal. In 2004, Navin assisted Professor A.G. Krishna Menon, an eminent conservationist, for the preparation of the INTACH Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India. He has lectured at several academic institutions and professional organizations in India and abroad and has worked on a range of conservation projects in India and Europe.
Navin is a Vice President of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) International Training Committee (CIF) and former National Scientific Councilor of ICOMOS India. He was appointed as an expert member from Asia-Pacific on the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel 2017-18, which is the apex body of international experts for the evaluation of and recommendation on nominations to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. He has researched and published widely on heritage conservation education, training and capacity building.