ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The idea for this museum started in a conversation with the famous eco-artist, Basia Irland, who’s work on water through sculpture, silk-screen prints, ice books and digital media is truly inspiring. Monisha Ahmed, co-founder of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO, Leh) was very generous in linking us to some amazing artists and designers in the museum space. A chance conversation with young faculty at the National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad), Tanishka Kachru and Rishi Singh, led to a lecture for NID’s post-graduate students of photography and the development of a series of amazing visual narratives on the water in Gujarat, some of which are highlighted here. An invitation to join the UNESCO workshop to launch a Global Network of Water Museums provided an opportunity to interact with other water museum curators, artists, academics, who shared their passionate ideas, notably, Eriberto Eulisse (Director, Venice Water Museum) and Clive Adams (Founding Director, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, England).

The development of our platform has benefitted from very productive discussions with a number of people including: Amitabh Amitangshu (Doctoral candidate, University of Edinburgh), Aditya Pillai (Program Officer, Asia Foundation, Delhi), Shalabh Mittal (CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs-India), Nafisa Barot (Uttthan, Ahmedabad), VK Madhavan (CEO, WaterAid-India) and colleagues at WaterAid India, Jutta Jain-Neubauer (Historian, Delhi), Ashoke Chatterjee (WASH specialist, ex-NID Director), Rahul Nainwal (Cofounder, Mitra.org), Marcus Moench (Chairman, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Boulder, Colorado), Amy Seefeldt (Director, Centre for Imagination, Woodstock School, Mussoorie), Vishal Singh (CEDAR, Dehradun), Neil Kamal Chapagain( Associate Professor, CHM- Ahemdabad University), Pushkar Sohni (Assitant Professor, IISER, Pune), S. Vishwanath (Director, Biome Environmental solutions, Bengaluru), Bishwadeep Ghose (Arghyam, Bengaluru) and colleagues at ICIMOD ( International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu).

There are many others who have shared coffee and conversations with us on ideas for this portal and we deeply appreciate your time and support.

Over the past year, the museum has moved to Ahmedabad University where it is based at the Centre for Heritage Management. This updated version of our website was made possible by the hard work of a group of six students from the School of Computer Studies: Swati Rathore, Kanak Walia, Chanchal Singhal and Jahnvi Yadav from the 3rd year iMCA program and Smit Mehta and Mansi Dhruv from the 4 th year iMCA.Technical guidance was provided by Profs. Kuntal Patel and Aditya Patel. We are gratefu lfor all the support we continue to receive.

The idea for this museum started in a conversation with the famous eco-artist, Basia Irland, who’s work on water through sculpture, silk-screen prints, ice books and digital media is truly inspiring. Monisha Ahmed, co-founder of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO, Leh) was very generous in linking us to some amazing artists and designers in the museum space. A chance conversation with young faculty at the National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad), Tanishka Kachru and Rishi Singh, led to a lecture for NID’s post-graduate students of photography and the development of a series of amazing visual narratives on the water in Gujarat, some of which are highlighted here. An invitation to join the UNESCO workshop to launch a Global Network of Water Museums provided an opportunity to interact with other water museum curators, artists, academics, who shared their passionate ideas, notably, Eriberto Eulisse (Director, Venice Water Museum) and Clive Adams (Founding Director, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, England).

The development of our platform has benefitted from very productive discussions with a number of people including: Amitabh Amitangshu (Doctoral candidate, University of Edinburgh), Aditya Pillai (Program Officer, Asia Foundation, Delhi), Shalabh Mittal (CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs-India), Nafisa Barot (Uttthan, Ahmedabad), VK Madhavan (CEO, WaterAid-India) and colleagues at WaterAid India, Jutta Jain-Neubauer (Historian, Delhi), Ashoke Chatterjee (WASH specialist, ex-NID Director), Rahul Nainwal (Cofounder, Mitra.org), Marcus Moench (Chairman, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Boulder, Colorado), Amy Seefeldt (Director, Centre for Imagination, Woodstock School, Mussoorie), Vishal Singh (CEDAR, Dehradun), Neil Kamal Chapagain( Associate Professor, CHM- Ahemdabad University), Pushkar Sohni (Assitant Professor, IISER, Pune), S. Vishwanath (Director, Biome Environmental solutions, Bengaluru), Bishwadeep Ghose (Arghyam, Bengaluru) and colleagues at ICIMOD ( International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu).

There are many others who have shared coffee and conversations with us on ideas for this portal and we deeply appreciate your time and support.

Over the past year, the museum has moved to Ahmedabad University where it is based at the Centre for Heritage Management. This updated version of our website was made possible by the hard work of a group of six students from the School of Computer Studies: Swati Rathore, Kanak Walia, Chanchal Singhal and Jahnvi Yadav from the 3 rd year iMCA program and Smit Mehta and Mansi Dhruv from the 4 th year iMCA. Technical guidance was provided by Profs. Kuntal Patel and Aditya Patel. We are grateful for all the support we continue to receive.