Friends of ASI

A platform for positive and constructive discussion on ways of looking at history, architecture, archaeology, and conservation



Existing Friends of the ASI

Anisha Shekhar Mukherji is an architect with a specialisation in conservation, who works as an independent researcher, writer and designer, and teaches as Visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, of which she is also an alumnus. To view her writings on design, architecture, crafts and history, see 

Anisha is one of the core founding team of Ambi, a publishing house which seeks to bring out unusual, inexpensive, well-produced and well-written books about the physical environment, history and built heritage of India and South East Asia. For information on books brought out by Ambi, such as the Jantar Mantar, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh’s Observatory in Delhi, an illustrated history and field guide to the Delhi Jantar Mantar, see


Dr. B.R. Mani 

Dr B.R.Mani (b.1955) has been a renowned field archaeologist, numismatist and art critic, who is serving at present as Additional Director General in the Archaeological Survey of India. He has a throughout first class first career up to his Master degree which he did from Banaras Hindu University in 1976 and completed his Ph.D. on ‘Life in the Kushan Age’ in 1980 from B.H.U. He has been teaching in B.H.U. and Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies from 1978 till 1984 when he joined the A.S.I. as Deputy Superintending Archaeologist. Since then he has been involved in conservation of monuments in Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. He has discovered a large number of archaeological sites in these places besides also in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana during his explorations. He has directed more than 14 excavation projects in the country, some of which are Lal Kot (Delhi), Salimgarh (Delhi), Muhammad Nagar and Harnol (Haryana), Siswania, Sankisa, Ayodhya, Lathiya (UP) and Kanispur and Ambaran (J&K). He is member of various national and international organizations in the field and has widely traveled to European and Asian countries in international seminars and conferences. He has four books and about 170 research papers to his credit.


Rupendra Guha-Majumdar is Associate Professor, Department of English, Delhi University, Delhi, India. A Visiting Fulbright Fellow in the English Department at Yale University in 1981 and 1992, his book Central Man: The Paradox of Heroism in Modern American Drama, was published by P.I.E.Peter Lang, Brussels, in 2003.He is also a painter, sculptor(his bronze sculpture, ‘Bengali Youth’ was exhibited in the 27th National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi in 1984 ), poet, and translator. He has published four volumes of verse in English (1971-1990) ;a  translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s play Roktokorobi into English for The Essential Tagore (Harvard University Press, 2011; Vishwa Bharati UP, 2011) and essays in a number of critical/encyclopedic anthologies pertaining to modern drama and film, like The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, 2007.


Sohail Hashmi, lives and works in Delhi, conducts heritage walks, writes a monthly column ‘Past Present Continuous’ on issues of culture, conservation  and heritage for Terrascape a Culture and Travel Magazine, writes a weekly column, every Saturday for The Hindu on aspects  of heritage and life in Delhi, and occasionally contributes to group blog He is a founding trustee of Sahmat (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust).

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Priya Paul is the Chairperson of The Apeejay Park Hotels Limited, and keenly interested in the living tradition of Indian art, culture and heritage. At both a personal and an organisational level, she has supported several key initiatives in these fields, as well as in that of built heritage. One of the primary such initiatives that she has been involved with for more than a decade is The Jantar Mantar Public-Private Partnership Venture, which seeks to conserve the Jantar Mantar by restoring its core functional, spatial and physical attributes. She has also been actively supporting the disseminating of information to raise awareness about this unique and fragile historical site.


Robinson, an alumnus of St.Stephen’s College,Delhi is a Theologian, Meditation Practitioner,Poet,Art Critic and Heritage Walks Curator based primarily in Delhi.He describes himself as a traveller in life who intends to journey well.









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