India/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

Citizen initiatives addressing cultural rights do not normally address the arts, but have been concerned with conservation and heritage issues or, in some instances, as ‘software’ for communicating developmental messages for social ‘upliftment’ of disadvantaged groups, literacy programmes, and for marketing of cultural products for sustainable livelihoods.

Specifically, as associations of citizens coming together to directly impact their immediate environment, the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI). Mumbai, and CIVIC (Citizens Voluntary Initiative for the City), Bangalore, are famous instances.

Chapter published: 22-04-2014