Acclaimed actor and director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai when he criticised the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery’s Mumbai and Bengaluru centres. (NDTV, Feb 10, 2019).
This incident sparked a conversation in our office over what should be the role of governments in preserving art and culture. Isn’t it best to leave this function to markets and communities? Why do we even need a Ministry of Culture? Listen in and let us know your thoughts on the matter.