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Urban Since Ages
A story of a rich city and her migrant 'natives'

by Suraj Pandit

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region has an urban history of not less than 2300 years. Sopara, Gharapuri, Chaul and Kalyan, have been known as commercial centres as well as ports. The region has a legacy of more than 200 caves, more than 50 forts, numerous archaeological sites, and innumerable heritage structures. Archaeological remains at these sites narrate the story of migrants and native inhabitants of these cities. Literature gives us glimpses of the rise of these cities as religious centres. Kings here were patrons of art and learning. The lecture will focus on the story of people who have migrated into and contributed to the prosperity of the region for ages, and who are now known as  the ‘natives’.


Dr. Suraj Pandit is a trained archaeologist and art historian. His area of specialization is Western Indian Buddhist Rock Cut Architecture and Urban Archaeology. Dr. Pandit has published widely and authored several books including, 'Shakti in Indian Archaeology, Art, Literature and Philosophy', and 'Stories in Stone'. He specialises in the art, architecture and history of the cave systems in Western India and was credited most recently for the discovery of seven caves in Kanheri, at the sprawling Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Dr Pandit is visiting faculty at several institutions like the Sathaye College, SNDT University and LJNJ College and lectures extensively at other academic institutions and forums too.


on Friday,
13th March 2020,
at 6:30 pm

School of Environment & Architecture,
Eksar Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai - 400 091
T: +91 86550 02156 E: W:

The event is partly supported by UDRI.
It is free and open to public.

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