Employing a variety of spaces for curating and installing multimedia exhibits and articulating concerns for cultural diversity and sustainable development through multiple initiatives.
As one of the principal initiators of ‘Kalinga’ — the State Heritage Programmestarted by the IndianNational Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage in Orissa in 1985 — Sethi conceived and directed ‘Dongar’, an annualfestival of the local peopleof Koraput, the tribal heartland of India.‘Dongar’ in tribal terminology means ‘forested hill’. Not just any hill and least of all a barren one. Dongar-pietee usually refers to work in the forested hills; it means gathering all that the forest has to offer - edible fruits and berries, herbs, seeds, raisins and firewood. Besides, there is another meaning here that tends to be overlooked. Dongar-pietee also invariably implies clearing hill forests of trees for podu (slash and burn) cultivation. Taken together it means the great harvest of things for survival that the hills in this part of Orissa offer to the tribal population. So Dongar is a vital generic term that encapsulates a lot of meaning into a single word. Sethi’s choice of this word to high-light the life and times of the tribes-people of Orissa was apt.
Scenographer for ‘Basic Needs’, one of nine International Pavilions in the Thematic Area at the Universal Exposition held in Hannover 2000. It addressed the relativity and universality of human needs, and the diverse ways that individuals and communities the world over have found to fulfil these needs. Critically acclaimed by the international media, hailed as “the apex of the EXPO” by ‘De Welt’, the project entailed several months of world travel and close work with some of the most eminent contemporary designers and architects.
Artistic director to the Earth Centre in the UK, 1990-2001. Proposed communication formats for environmental education, formulated an Orientation Gallery, and helped prepare a master plan for the 400-acre millennium project in Doncaster. Proposed ‘the Global Village’ as part of the Centre, where families drawn from traditional, urban, industrial and alternative societies would live together in an independent community of environmentally sustainable habitations.
The Silk Road Festival 2002 on the National Mall in Washington DC, for the 36th Annual Folk Life Festival of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Festival celebrated the vibrance and diversity of living folk traditions spread across the ancient trade routes.
The Lotus Bazaar was first opened at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June 26th 2002, in the lawns of the Freer & Sackler galleries by the National Mall of Washington DC. Amidst festive singing and dancing by Asian artistes, the President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn and his wife Elaine, with Senator Moynihan and his wife Elizabeth, lit the inauguraloil lamp.
Celebrating the triumphs of cultural creativity & traditions besieged by modern forces.To explore and experience the different ways of being, feeling and thinking that coexist in the world.To imagine & give form to a World Cultural Fund that incubates the initiatives of cultural creatives in their effort to keep alive & reinvent intangible cultural heritage.
The sculptures herein have been conceived, designed and produced by artists and craftspeople in collaboration with the AHF’s team of artists and designers, most notably Sharad Kumar - a mastercraftsperson of papiermache from Madhubani. the women artists of Kurukshetra in collaboration with artists & designers of the Asian Heritage Foundation present new sculptures... This unique collection was commissioned as the first for a series of exhibitions titled Apni Kahani Apni Zubani - or Our Story Our Voice. These will continue, we hope, to be honed as tools of self expression and self empowerment.
A six-day public outreach held in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Federalism, hosted by the Inter-State Council Secretariat and supported by Ministry of Panchayati Raj Government of India, Sanjha Safar was conceived and implemented by the Asian Heritage Foundation in November 2007.
NAYA DAUR: Creating Work with Hand & Body, Mind & Spirit Formalizing the ideation of pan South Asian programme into a tangible deliverable.
Sasian Journey ... The form.. a tensegrity – Independent and bound together The Sasian Journey’s logo formed as a tensegrity is inspired by a geodesic where triangles, the most basic system of structural stability, come together to create a unified whole. With each part separate and connected, the geodesic constitutes a primary structural element, fundamental to the natural world as well as celebrated in the world built by human intervention. Whether in traditional arts or modern architecture, molecular biology or space technology, it is universal in its reach.
...driven by asia's creative skills exploring new paradigms of growth with design led initiatives...