Living Waters Museum and Project Otenga hosted a creative evening, ‘FLOOOW’ on 15 September. A soulful ‘Jal Tarang’ by Sukrit Sen, water-related poems recited by Saif Siddiqui, an interesting short story, “Tikhoo aur Rewa” by Piyush Pandya, Sumit Baruah’s beautiful short film on the Brahmaputra river and Wency Mendes’ presentation on water and livelihoods in Assam left the audience mesmerized and opened the stage for discussions on issues related to water and sustainable development.
The Central Water Commission and the Jal Shakti Ministry organised a consultative workshop (Sept 19-20, Delhi) to develop a vision for a National Water Museum. Sara Ahmed designed the technical agenda bringing together a range of academics, researchers and practitioners working on water heritage and water futures. Bhargav Padhiyar and Aanchal Mehta helped rapporteur and facilitate some of the breakout groups looking at museum content, outreach and communication, and logistics including funding, site development and partnerships. They were joined by the Water Museum of Bangladesh, and the coordinator of the Global Network of Water Museums, Eriberto Eulisse.
Sara Ahmed made a presentation on Living Waters Museum and the Global Network of Water Museums as part of a session on water museums, concepts and collaboration at the Water Futures conference in Bangalore (24-27 September).