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Title: Indian Cultural Heritage Research Presents Jafa Delhi Heritage Walks

Indian Cultural Heritage Research PresentsJafa
Delhi Heritage Walks Cultural Productions
  • An Experiential learning of India
  • by
  • Dr. Navina Jafa

  • Dr. Jafa under her organization Indian Cultural
    Heritage Research creates special cultural
    experiences molding the reading of landscapes to
    suit varied mindset of people visiting Heritage
  • The experience of heritage is expanded
  • Heritage of tangible built monuments Monuments
    that can be read from several perspectives,
    political, social , economic, aesthetic,
    architectural specifics
  • Intangible heritage of crafts traditions,
    performing arts,
  • Heritage of work cultures Business cultures,
    Cultures associated with caste occupations.
    Narratives of these work cultures to be presented
    against the specific physical environment in
    which they exist.
  • Heritage of Health and Beauty
  • Heritage of Itinerant Cultures such as Sufi
    mystics, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain mendicants,
    along with several categories of performing
  • Heritage of Religious and Ritual traditions

Contact Details
  • Indian Cultural Heritage Research
  • mail
  • Website
  • Telephone 91-11-9810150152 Landline
    01126859641 Fax 011-26859641

Making Heritage Cultural Productions
  • Based on the above categories of understanding
    Heritage, Indian Cultural Heritage Research
    develops cultural productions. The productions
    could be in the form of
  • Heritage Walks
  • Lecture-demonstrations
  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Specific Heritage Cultural Experiences for
    dinners and Conferences


Heritage walk with Dr.Kissenger
I wished I had seen India like this earlier,
from within, today I have experienced India in a
way I never imagined."

JAFA HERITAGE WALKS Objectives and Strategy
  • The idea of the walking Exhibits is to extend the
    learning experience of the objective with which
    you professionally relate to India and combine
    learning with leisure.
  • Heritage itineraries and heritage sites are
    chosen best suited to the clients scheduled
    time, interest and security.
  • Each itinerary and narrative is developed in a
    manner that extends the learning experience of
    the client.
  • Exhibits are molded in accordance to the time
    schedule proposed by the client.
  • Walking exhibits are tailored signature
    experiences and have formed value additions to
    corporate gatherings such as conferences,
    seminars, high level visits

Product Variation
  • The Walking Exhibits assume the form of a study
  • Heritage Landscape are approached from different
  • We have therefore been able to cater to groups
    from varied backgrounds such as
  • Political
  • Legal
  • International Relations
  • Economic
  • Environment
  • Artistic and Architectural
  • Scientific
  • Media
  • The Audience have ranged from
  • High level delegations from various countries -
    economic, political, scientific groups or
    individual dignitary
  • Defense delegation or individual dignitary

Samples of our walks in Delhi
  • Examples of Walking Study Exhibits
  • For Delegations with an Economic Background
  • Rising India Bazaars of Old Delhi The Objective
    of Walking Exhibit is to apprehend a) Idea of
    Bazaar culture versus market cultures b)
    historical and contemporary comprehension of
    business cultures in specialized bazaars of Old
    Delhi. From fascinating whole sale bazaars
    engaged in bullion, in spices, in dress
    accessories, the walk appears to be a psychedelic
    experience of color, movement and smells.
  • Business , Innovations and Religious Rituals
    The walking exhibit approaches various business
    neighborhoods, and creates an understanding of
    post partition composition of the business
    landscape in Old Delhi. There is special emphasis
    on illustrating and creating an understanding of
    Jugaad or . impromptu innovation - an
    improvisational style of leading edge that was
    developed primarily because Indian inventors
    wanted to address pressing needs of those around
    them but had few resources upon which to draw.
    The inventors come up with ingenious ways to
    overcome obstacles and scarcity. The walk
    presents India as an economic powerhouse driven
    by innovation. The walk also presents various
    ritual and religious beliefs that guide business
    mindsets in India.
  • Creative and Cultural Industries Crafts Museum
    The Narrative of the walk centers on traditional
    skills of human resource that provides a unique
    identity to South Asia. With Agriculture
    shrinking this is the largest occupational sector
    in the Indian Subcontinent. The heart of India is
    its village, Gandhi realized the economic power
    that remains with these skills. During the course
    of the walk the participants are introduced to
    fascinating rituals and lifestyles that surround
    the fabric of a variety of skills and indigenous
    knowledge systems.

  • Walking Exhibits for Delegations with Background
    of Politics, International Relations, Historical
    Research, Sociological Understanding and
    Religious Interests
  • Advent of Political Islam A walk around the
    World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar. The
    fascinating descriptive trajectory traces the
    manner in which early Islamic rulers created a
    citadel and legitimized their rule by building
    one of the earliest Mosque, Madrasa and a minaret
    proclaiming their arrival.
  • Stating Diplomacy through Architecture A walk
    around the world Heritage site of the Humayuns
    tomb a 16thc Mughal tomb, precursor of the Taj
    Mahal, and the first grand monument built by the
    great Mughals, the narrative describes the manner
    in which the Tomb was a statement of the arrival
    of the Great Mughals, and statement of diplomacy
    between a Muslim Empire and its large non Muslim
  • Populace.
  • Syncretism in India The Sufi Complex of Hazrat
    Nizamuddin a 13thc Sufi Complex India is home
    to second largest Muslim population of the world,
    but the majority of the one billion population is
    non Muslim. The exhibit focuses on the binding
    aspects of Sufism or mystic Islam and its role in
    the coexistence of cultural traditions. This walk
    is augmented by organizing a Sufi Music Concert
    in a private house of a traditional Sufi Musician
    Family within the complex.
  • Understanding Islamic Identity As the Muezzin
    gives the soulful call for evening prayers, the
    walkers solemnly enter the Jama Masjid. From
    there the walkers proceed amidst the chaotic
    bazaars full of Islamic sensibilities the smells,
    clothes, jewelry, and eateries. They make their
    way into the winding lanes and enter the world of
    djinns. The walk covers Pre Mughal Sufi
    Monasteries the mystery grave of Muslim queens
    and ends to savor authentic Mughal cuisine.
  • Mythological Theatre in Master pieces of Indian
    Culture Replica Museum Narrative and magic of
    decoding symbols, stories and aesthetic aspects
    of Indian Sculptures in this hidden treasure of
    city produces a unique insight into Wonder that
    was and is India.

Other Walks and Excursions
  • Devi the Great Mother Goddess A walk in the
    complex of the ancient Kalka Temple Complex in
    South Delhi. The narrative engages the audience
    to comprehend the power of the Great Mother
    Goddess descriptions of Hindu pilgrimage
    landscape, sociological organization of priests,
    rituals and belief. The walk includes a meeting
    with Lal Baba a Satvik Tantrik whose internal
    belief in the Devi cured him of a terminal
    illness. The walk is a window to one aspect of
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  • Sociology of a Hindu Religious Cult The Hindu
    Temple of Akshardham The Walking Exhibit around
    the modern Hindu temple opens the audience to a
    discourse on how religious cults carry with them
    the creation of a social, economic and sometimes
    a political identity. The walking exhibit also
    unravels the manner in which traditional
    knowledge skills of architecture remain to create
    a Hindu temple based on traditional rules of
    Hindu temple architecture.
  • Mughal sunset Sufi sanctuary A walk through
    palaces, pleasure houses, mosques, nostalgia,
    spirituality and sacrifice in Meherauli.
  • The Walk of Exorcism A walk in Crafts Museum
    through the Gallery of Tribal Spirits deities
    in the Craft museum,. followed by a visit to
    Matka Pir. a Sufi Monastery.

Tours Colonial Delhi
  • Colonial Delhi A driving tour of the Lutyens
    Delhi which includes the view of the two
    secretariats, parliament house, Presidents
    house, the central avenue Rajpath, India Gate
    and drive through Connaught Place, the commercial
    center built by the British. View Article by Dr.
    Navina Jafa on Connaught Place.
  • BEATO'S DELHI 1857 Recovery of Delhi by the
    British in 1857 The driving and walking tour is
    curated around some of the photographs taken by
    Felice Beato during and after the first war of
    independence. The tour covers several pickets,
    magazines and other sites associated with the
    theme of the tour. There is option of concluding
    the walk with a recital of the Bag Pipers. The
    tour is conducted around the vicinity of the
    Delhi University.
  • 1857, The First War of Independence Starting
    from the St. James Church, the walk proceeds to
    the Lothian cemetery the oldest British cemetery
    in Delhi which interestingly enough has graves
    with marks of Free masons. There is then a
    rickshaw ride to the house of Ghalib , in deep
    neighborhoods of Old Delhi. Ghalib the citys
    poet is known to have poignantly writtten verse
    of the 1857.

  • Tours for Health professionals
  • Indigenous Knowledge on Health Crafts Museum
    The walk incorporates various galleries at the
    unique crafts museum in Delhi. The narrative
    describes various ideas on health and hygiene and
    chronicles beliefs in sacred trees related to
  • Traditional Healers in Old Delhi The walk
    encompasses interaction in Old Delhi with various
    traditional healers such as Hakim or the Yunani
    Medicine doctors, Bone setters, wrestlers,
    Ayurvedic healers ,those who are engaged as Sufis
    who give talismans and mantras to cure and
    astrologers using precious and semi precious
    stones for health.
  • Legal professionals
  • The System of Justice in the Mughal Times World
    Heritage site of Red Fort
  • The around the Red Fort takes into account the
    Mughal insignia of the scale of justice , and
    creates an understanding of the legal system of
    the Mughals, along with the manner in which the
    site was used as a prison both by the British and
    during post independence times.

  • Walks for Environment Professionals
  • Walk in the Archeological Park Heritage and
    Environment The Archeological Park The walk in
    the Archaeological park situated near the world
    heritage monument Qutub Minar represents an
    amazing statement of civilizational memories
    stretching from very early times to the British
    times. The walk will showcase a small tomb and
    mosque Jamali Kamali dating to the 16th c The
    tomb as I call it is a Taj Mahal of Delhi. this
    will be followed by an elaborate stepwell
    belonging again to the early 16thc. Step wells
    are water monuments specific to the Indian
  • Hydraulics and Water Systems The World Heritage
    Site of Red Fort The narrative of the walk ways
    forms the bases of the presenting the site and is
    related to the lifestyle and choice of deciding
    the site for the citadel of the fifth Mughal
    Emperor Shah Jahan.

II- Creation of Special Events
  • For a Multi National Food Company Two days
    events on Heritage
  • Business and Innovation A Walk in Old Delhi
  • 2nd Day Early Morning Glimpses of Equilibrium
    A de-stressing program addressing Yoga and Sleep
    Disorders. This is followed by a Breakfast Talk
    on Recovering Food Heritage of India (organized
    in Delhi)
  • c) Street Cuisine walk in Old Delhi
  • For A Multi- National Company (Event in Orissa-
    Eastern India)
  • Dinner Talk Fast Forward a Page on Indian
    History followed by exotic performances from
  • For A Company in Bangalore
  • Walk on Trees of Bangalore
  • Dinner Talk History and Culture of India
    followed by a performance of the Great Indian
    Rope Trick
  • For Business Delegation in Agra
  • Agra Cosmopolitan Commercial Center in Medieval
    India The tour besides presenting Taj Mahal,
    takes the audience to traditional Bazaars, and
    the hidden Armenian cemetery where lie graves of
    Austrian, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and
    Armenian Traders in a unique representation.

  • Special Programs for Team Building
  • Special Art Tours
  • National Museum Tour Covering the gallery of
    Indus Valley Civilization, Gallery of Buddhist
    Art, and Miniature Paintings
  • Textile Tour of the Crafts museum Special
    program on learning tying the Sari in different

List of Clients
  • Selected Client List
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New
  • Ms. Benazir Bhutto
  • Mr. Jack Straw
  • Eva Luise Koehler, wife of German President
  • Hartmut Michel (Nobel Laureate from Germany)
  • Parliamentarians from European Union

Dr.Navina Jafa Condoleezza Rice
"You have inspired me to come back again to India have given me peace..." Secretary of State
Ms. Condoleezza Rice March 2006
Dr. Navina Jafa
  • Expert on Presenting Heritage and cultural
    representation Dr. Jafa has pioneered Academic
    Cultural Tourism in India. Her book titled
    Performing Heritage The Art of Exhibit Walks
    published by SAGE, 2012.
  • She specializes in performing arts in development
    programs. Dr. Jafa has taught at the Heller
    School for Social Policy and Management ,
    Brandeis University Boston. She teaches
    Performance, Culture Development, and has worked
    on conflict resolution through arts.
  • Dr. Jafa, is presently Heritage Consultant
    with Government of Delhi, chief conveynor on
    Heritage Education at Central Board of Secondary
    Education, Govt. of India and the director of
    Indian Cultural Heritage Research a consortium of
    scholars who assist in cultural mapping,
    developing strategies in improving
    functionalities of cultural institutions, putting
    together seminars and research dossiers on
    cultural issues and cultural products such as
    narratives for audio guides, for cultural related
    books, themes for developing paintings,
    assistance on cultural research for design
    exhibits. She was the Secretary, Foundation for
    Arts a non profit organization working with grass
    root communities, lead Consultant with Asian
    Heritage Foundation a Fellow of the Royal Society
    for Arts in India, and Fulbright Scholar, 2005
    at the Smithsonian Center for Folk Life and
    Cultural Heritage, Washington DC where she worked
    on Cultural Management and Cultural Diplomacy.
  • Dr. Jafa is a trained concert artist who performs
    Kathak,Classical dance of North India. She earned
    PhD titled Changing Patronage and Economic
    Patterns Influencing the Living Cultures of
    Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Rampur, Raigarh and
    Varanasi, 1750 She has worked with art
    historians on Indian Art. Dr. Jafa was appointed
    by the Smithsonian Journeys to lead the study
    tour to India in 2006. She is also engaged in
    cultural activism.