Karen Lee: Making Museums Come Alive
Academics / Anthropologists / Collectors / Curators / The Sunday Times

Karen Lee: Making Museums Come Alive

There was nothing about Karen Lee’s early life that destined her for the job she has now, that of a curator with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection in Washington D.C. “We’re Czechoslovak immigrants and my family didn’t feel comfortable in museums,” she says, “We were a lower middle class family. I was not taken … Continue reading

Radhika Hettiarachchi: Curating and compiling ‘Herstories’
Curators / Researchers / The Sunday Times

Radhika Hettiarachchi: Curating and compiling ‘Herstories’

When Radhika Hettiarachchi asked Sri Lankan mothers from North and East for their stories, she knew what she would hear would go beyond them; that their stories would stretch to encompass their children and their husbands, their mothers and fathers, their homes, their work and even their communities. “When you ask a woman about her … Continue reading

Namita Gokhale: “…this caste system of languages – it’s time it moved out!”
Curators / The Sunday Times / Writers

Namita Gokhale: “…this caste system of languages – it’s time it moved out!”

Namita Gokhale chooses to give her speech sitting down but makes up for it by delivering an engaging and interesting talk. Considering there is a strike on, the small auditorium in the Colombo University building is surprisingly full. There are perhaps 40 people in the audience – about the number, Namita estimates, that attended some … Continue reading

Curators / Entreprenuers

Leah Bazalgette and Tasha Marikkar: Going Electric

Growing up, Leah Bazalgette, found herself “hungry for good music.” As an adult, the experience of being one in the surging crowd watching a band perform live, of seeing other “fans screaming in unison as an act they loved, sang a song they loved,” became something precious and incredible. She would go backstage, becoming a … Continue reading

Curators / Series: Prized Possesion

Saskia Fernando: A Miniature Good Luck Charm

Saskia Fernando keeps her art gallery filled with exquisite things. However, her most prized possession has never been on display. Instead, the delicate miniature sculpture is kept nestled inside her jewellery box. The statue of a venerable teacher with his student is a netsuke, a form of miniature sculpture that was invented in Japan in … Continue reading