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June 18, 2015

Book Release and Talk

by Prof. Ashis Nandy on
R.L Kumar: The Vernacular Architect and His Ghosts

Madhu Bhushan, Executive Trustee CVA felicitating (from left): Satyaprakash Varanasi, Himanshu Burte, Ashis Nandy and CVA crew.

To mark the third anniversary of R.L. Kumar’s passing, Centre for Vernacular Architecture Trust in collaboration with friends in Udbhava, Open Studio, Good Earth and Kalminchu Trust for Vernacular Livelihoods organised a public talk by Prof. Ashis Nandy the well known political psychologist, social theorist and critic and former Director of CSDS, New Delhi on June 18, 2015 at NGMA, Palace Road, Bangalore.  

The talk was preceded by the launch of a book of essays authored by R.L Kumar, Random Rubble: A Reader on the Vernacular. Himanshu Burte, architect and writer based in the Tata Institute of Social Science, Bombay, introduced the book.  

Both Prof. Nandy and Himanshu Burte, in their own ways, while reflecting on Kumar’s life and work also reflected on dominant aesthetic theories, architectural traditions and the political philosophy of knowledge. There was much discussion and debate on the definition and conceptual underpinnings of the term vernacular... a way of life and values that not only informed Kumar’s architecture but one which he was convinced was critical and necessary if one wanted to live a more humane life on a human scale. 

An Earthy Outlook
announcement in The Hindu by Sravasti Datta, June 12, 2015

Inspiringly Vernacular
report in The Hindu by Nandhini Sundar, June 20, 2015


23 February 2013

Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award

M. R. Jaishankar, CMD Brigade Group, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the wife and professional associates of the late R. L. Kumar, Centre for Vernacular Architecture Trust, at the Durian Society Interiors Awards 2013, held at Lalit Bangalore on 23 February.
portrait of RL Kumar by Bhima Rao Murgod

CVA Trust Founder
R.L Kumar


Following Kumar's passing,
we had started a Tributes Page
to acknowledge the tributes and messages of support that poured in from all those who knew him or had heard of him. We keep this page open inviting you to continue sharing your memories of Kumar
and also your thoughts on how
we could take his ideas and
CVA Trust forward.

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