• Mar 11, 2018

     Join us for a talk by Ketak S. Nachinolkar on the topic Conserving the World Heritage Site of Old Goa, this Sunday, 11 March, 2018 from 11:00 am at the Museum of Goa.

    Presently a World Heritage Site known for its majestic Churches and convents, Old Goa was once a large and important Port City of the 16th century under the Portuguese which was later abandoned.  This was the Capital of the Eastern Portuguese Empire at the peak of its power and hence important as a connection between the east and the west and consequently the site of the cultural synthesis of the later years to follow, with which we identify Goa. 

    In the present mileu of semi-urban development and tourism activity at the site, apart from the surviving structures and the larger visible ruins, the contextual footprint of the historic City is hardly visible and recognised.  Various fragments of the ruins of the old city abound at the place in every nook and cranny of the place.  These are important to perceive the true setting of the place and its historical authenticity as we see the concept of cultural heritage evolve itself from just aesthetics to the concept of a Cultural Resource or a Resource of Cultural Knowledge.     

    Conservation as a domain involves the management of heritage components based strongly on a thorough understanding and identification of the true identities of the various components involved.  Old Goa being an archaeological site after its abandonment for years, the true identities were obscured.  It is necessary to “Rediscover” these for the effective management of the fragile heritage site and then accordingly bring forth the issues and present proposals for the management of the site. 

    The talk attempts to present an understanding of the historic site with the rediscovery of the heritage site as it has evolved over the centuries of its inhabitation and its various facets and based on these aspects look at safeguarding and managing the site for the future.         


    About the Speaker: 


    Born and brought up in Goa, Ketak S. Nachinolkar is a Conservation Architect based in Panaji Goa.  He completed Bachelors of Architecture in 1998 from the Goa College of Architecture and thereafter his Masters in Architecture with specialisation in Architectural Conservation from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2002. 

    With his practice established since 2002-03, he has been involved with consulting for many projects for Architectural Conservation as well as Architecture in Goa and around.  Works range from conservation policies and planning, assessment reports and conservation plans, architectural research and actual works in restorations as well as new structures.