In memory of Vimal Jain, Bangalore, Bangalore, 30th Nov, 2014
Architect, planner, activist and theoretician, Mr. Correa is one of the few contemporary architects who address not only issues of architecture, but of low-cost housing and urban planning as well. His work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur and the State Assembly for Madhya Pradesh, to housing projects and townships in Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. He was the Chief Architect for ‘Navi Mumbai’, the new city of 2 million people across the harbour from Bombay, and was appointed by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as the first Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation.
Mr. Correa has been awarded the highest honours of his profession, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan, and the Gold Medal of the UIA and the RIBA.
Prof. Jain is an art and culture historian and museologist. A scholar on folk and ritual arts of India, he was the Director of the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi, Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and also Member Secretary and Professor (Cultural Archives) at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. He has published a number of books on Indian folk art, including, Ganga Devi: Tradition and Expression in Mithila Painting, Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk, Tribal Artists of India, Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World, Indian Popular Culture: Conquest of the World as Picture and Mumbai: Visual History of a City.
Dr. Jain has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, a Homi Bhabha Fellow, a visiting Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin and a visiting Professor at the Center for the Study for World Religions, Harvard University, and was awarded the Prince Claus Awards in 1998.