E-176 - The Opera WalkThrough
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Royal Opera House, Mumbai,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Mumbai - 400 004
022 23668888 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Royal Opera House Mumbai Curator, Asad Lalljee and Conservation Architect Kruti Garg on an illuminating Opera Walkthrough and Tour through the iconic venue that will provide historical nuggets on its heritage and restoration as well as its legacy of Opera.
This walkthrough will also provide an exclusive sneak-peek into the making of the upcoming production of La Fedeltà Premiata, soon to debut on the Royal Opera House stage.
Asad Lalljee serves as the CEO of AVID Learning, a public programming initiative and creative platform under the Essar Group. Asad brings several years of advertising, publishing, marketing and business development experience, both in international and domestic markets.
Prior to relocating to India in 2010, Asad worked for 14 years as one of the ‘Mad Men’ advertising executives on New York's Madison Avenue. As Vice-President for McCann-Erickson, he managed Verizon Wireless' B2B business, deploying global campaigns across media platforms. He previously worked with Hill Holiday, another subsidiary of the third-largest advertising conglomerate, IPG.He has also served as the Marketing Director for Carnot Books USA, the U.S. subsidiary to the French-owned Editions Carnot.
Under Asad’s leadership as the CEO of AVID, a wide variety of cultural programming was launched, including thought leadership on sustainable urbanism, regional culture, heritage preservation and social media as a tool for connecting lives and communities. He has created unique IP’s for AVID such as ‘Multipolis Mumbai’ and ‘AVID Spectrum’, KGAF Series. In 2016, Asad also co-curated the Literature Section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival along with Ranjit Hoskote and will continue in 2017. In the past six years, Asad has brought AVID to the forefront of India’s cultural hub by developing opportunities at some of the country’s and region’s largest cultural platforms: Art Dubai; Jaipur Literature Festival; India Art Fair; Literature Live; Kala Ghoda Arts Festival; and India Art Festival. Asad has also cultivated partnerships with leading Indian and international institutions including British Council, Oxford University, Columbia University’s Studio-X, TEDx, Toronto International Film Festival, National Centre of Performing Arts, and University of Mumbai. Asad’s career also demonstrates his passion for new technology and media. AVID now has a robust social media presence. In 2016, He was appointed to serve as Curator of the newly reopened and restored Royal Opera House, Mumbai for which he has designed a robust curatorial programme which goes over and above the performance arts and spans the breadth of arts and culture. In his spare time while in New York, he pursued his interest in the arts by serving as Literary Director for the Indo-American Arts Council from 2003-2010. He holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier's College (Mumbai) and an M.A. in Global Marketing Communications from Emerson College (Boston).
Kruti Garg is a Conservation Architect with Masters in Architectural Conservation from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. She has been involved in the field of Heritage Conservation actively working on a range of projects based in Mumbai as part of her employment by a leading architectural restoration firm, ANL Associates from the past 7 years. As part of the firm as a Conservation Architect, she has been involved in a variety of projects from building conservation to interior restoration, adaptive reuse of many buildings in Mumbai as well as in different parts of the country. She has been part of Kalaghoda festival since many years and have choreographed many heritage walks. She is keen on exploring the social connect with the architecture of the city and has also designed one such walk which talks about the emergence of public dining history in Bombay and their manifestations into the development of cafe’s and sit-out dining experiences for the people.