Tune in to help create change for a Greener Future! CSMVS x AVID celebrate World Environment Day 2020 online | 31st May – 6th June

We live in a time when sustainability is a buzzword on everyone’s lips as we wake up to the reality that a fundamental shift is required in almost all aspects of how we live. Environmental activism is gaining credence, visibility and traction as we make way for a paradigm shift in how we live, what we care about and what kind of world we create (or recreate) for the future. We now need to devise ways and models of working that keep people, prosperity, and the planet in equilibrium.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and Avid Learning present Environment Week @ AVID Online – seven days of robust programming dedicated to World Environment Day 2020 as part of our ongoing Sustainability NOW series. Throughout this week, we will be presenting AVID Online episodes centered around sustainable ideals and practices, as well as a live panel discussion and a live interactive masterclass on the topic.

Please read on for more details:

The week will consist of the following sessions and episodes:

Sunday, 31st May | 7:00 PM – Sustainability NOWThe Future of Fashion with Ekta Rajani

Monday, 1st June | 7:00 PM – Sustainability NOWEcoceramics with Shashank Nimkar

Tuesday, 2nd June | 7:00 PM – #REPLAY | Sustainability NOWInnovations in Jewellery Design with Malvika Vaswani

Wednesday, 3rd June | 7:00 PM – Sustainability NOW‘Coral Woman’ and Film for Change with Priya Thuvassery

Thursday, 4th June | 7:00 PM  #REPLAY | Sustainability NOWStories through Bharatanatyam Dance with Revanta Sarabhai

Friday, 5th June | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – (Live) Panel Discussion | Sustainability NOWArchitecture + Urbanism with Dean D’Cruz, Matias EchanoveTrupti Doshi and Apurva Bose Dutta

Friday, 5th June | 7:00 PM – Sustainability NOW: Creating Change for a Greener Future

Saturday, 6th June | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  (Live) Masterclass | Sustainability NOWThe Future of Textiles with Bandana Tewari 


During the course of this week, we will present engaging AVID Online episodes featuring the likes of Creative and Design Consultant/Stylist Ekta RajaniProduct Designer and Animator Shashank NimkarIndustrial Designer Malvika VaswaniIndependent Filmmaker Priya Thuvassery and Dancer and Choreographer Revanta Sarabhai leading up to World Environment Day 2020. These sessions will touch upon topics such as the emergence of slow fashion and future trends in the industry, the importance and benefits of recycling and upcycling waste and the development of eco-friendly materials, as well as, the role of the arts in spreading awareness about environmental degradation.

On the occasion of World Environment Day – Friday, 5th June – we will present  Sustainability NOW: Architecture + Urbanism – a panel discussion that explores the concepts of sustainable architecture and urban design while uncovering the systems and practices adopted by professionals in the industry that are carving out pathways to a more sustainable future and current reality. This live virtual discussion will feature – Architect and Creative Head, Mozaic  Dean D’CruzUrbanologist and Co-Founder, URBZ Matias Echanove and Eco-Architect  Trupti Doshi in conversation with Author, Architectural Journalist, Curator and Editor Apurva Bose Dutta and will look at how we can improve our building and construction processes and approaches as well as our living styles and habits in order to ensure a sustainable existence. This will be followed by AVID’s Eco Reel – Sustainability NOW: Creating Change for a Greener Future – a short film celebrating the champions of sustainability.

To culminate this week of exciting programmes, we will present a live masterclass – Sustainability NOW: The Future of Textiles with Lifestyle Journalist and Sustainability Activist Bandana Tewari – which will look at emerging trends, initiatives and best practices in the textile space as well as analyse future trajectories for the fashion industry as a whole on Saturday, 6th June.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS says, “The effect of climate change is visible as year on year temperatures are increasing. Rather than complaining about the deep wound that emissions have already created on the planet, we decided to switch over to alternate forms of renewable energy by adopting solar power, this is important for sustainability and hence this series to share our concerns with the public.”

Asad Lalljee, SVP, Essar Group, CEO of Avid Learning and Curator, Royal Opera House Mumbai says,  “We at AVID believe that issues related to sustainability are of the utmost importance and we are at the brink of a crucial and seismic shift. We believe that the arts have the power to leverage conversations toward cultural changes around this topic. We are excited to partner with the prestigious CSMVS to showcase the spirit of sustainability through this robust week of programming that will usher in World Environment Day 2020.”

Please read on below for more on the series:

Sustainability NOW is a thematised and targeted series of discussions that aim to convert audiences into change makers and active catalysts and custodians of a greener future. In this series, we will cover topics such as architecture and urbanism, emerging trends in the fashion industry, the future of food and conscious consumption, and technological innovations all in the context of sustainable practices and philosophies. Speakers will include artists, designers, chefs, architects, creative entrepreneurs, policymakers, environmentalists, urban planners, educators, scientists, social media influencers, philanthropists, scholars, and business leaders. Insights from the visual and performing arts, literature, cultural heritage, food, fashion, etc. will be shared and projects and models of diverse arts organizations, business start-ups, academic institutions, national and international policymaking bodies, and advocacy organizations will be examined.

With all the changes and shifts occurring in the world at this time, we at Avid Learning believe that it is critical to keep the conversation on sustainability alive and ongoing now more than ever. It is imperative that we engage with this important topic in order to raise awareness and build sensitivity towards our planet, wildlife and the natural environment.

Tune in to learn more about the various aspects of sustainability across multiple genres and disciplines and how we can all collectively work towards a greener future!


AVID Online Episodes: Saturday, 31st May 2020 to Thursday, 4th June 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Friday, 5th June 2020 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

AVID Eco Reel: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Masterclass: Saturday, 6th June 2020 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Register: www.avidlearning.in