Jnanapravaha Mumbai (JPM) is a para-academic institute that offers public programmes and postgraduate courses in the history of aesthetics, critical theory, art criticism, and writing style. The institute brings scholars at the cutting edge of their fields, from India and abroad, to teach students and the public and to develop and share new work in conferences and workshops. JPM remains committed to offering Mumbai a space for rigorous pedagogy, research, reading, and writing. 

JPM's aesthetics section includes postgraduate diploma and certificate courses in Indian Aesthetics, Southeast Asian Art and Architecture, Yoga and Tantra, Islamic Aesthetics, and Buddhist Aesthetics. Our critical theory, art criticism, and writing style directive offers postgraduate diploma and certificate courses in Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice, Theoretical Foundations, Indian Intellectual Traditions, and JPM Write.  

 JPM offers additional programming for students and the public under these rubrics as well as Creative Practices, Curatorial Processes, and Community Engagement. We publish a Quarterly that includes institute, course, and public programme reports and announcements, a long-form essay, as well as exceptional student scholarship. 

JPM’s parent organization, Jnana-Pravaha Varanasi, was founded in 1997 and is devoted to the study of Indology, epigraphy, and Sanskrit. In 2007, Dr. Rashmi Poddar opened JPM in the city’s historic Fort district.  Located in Queen’s Mansion, a heritage building, JPM maintains a classically conserved lecture hall, offices, reading room, a library with unique holdings in art history, critical theory, and in the humanities and social sciences more generally, as well as state of the art projection and sound facilities.

  • People
  • Advisory Council
  • Partners
  • Support JPM

Rashmi Poddar
Director, JPM, Course Director of Indian Aesthetics, Islamic Aesthetics, Yoga and Tantra, Buddhist Aesthetics, and Indian Intellectual Traditions, JPM 

Rohit Goel
Academic Director, JP, Course Director of Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice, Theoretical Foundations, and JPM Write, JPM 

Smriti Morarka
Trustee, JP

Sharon Rodrigues
Manager of Institute Affairs, JPM 

Swati Chemburkar
Course Director of Southeast Asian Art and Architecture, JPM

Jaya Kanoria
Deputy Course Director of Indian Aesthetics, JPM

Rutwij Nakhwa
Deputy Course Director of Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice and Social Media Strategist, JPM

Gazala Singh
Course Director of Yoga and Tantra, JPM

Akeel Bilgrami
Sidney Morgenbesser Chair in Philosophy, Committee on Global Thought, Director, South Asian Institute, Columbia University

Jane DeBevoise
Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong 

Alexandra Munroe
Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 

Pratapaditya Pal
internationally renowned scholar, curator, and writer of South Asian and Himalayan Art, Los Angeles

Nada Shabout
Associate Professor of Art History, Director, Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute, University of North Texas

Deborah Swallow
Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Deccan Heritage Foundation

Experimenta, Bangalore 

Forum for Contemporary Theory, Baroda 

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

New York University

South Asia Institute, Columbia University, New York and the Columbia Global Center, Mumbai

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

The University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Center, New Delhi 

Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation,
Vineeta & Arvind Kanoria,
Saroj Poddar,
Adventz Group Of Companies,
Madan & Usha Sethi,
Sohni & Dipak Tanna

Shekhar Bajaj, Bajaj Electricals Ltd.,
Minakshi & Shishir Bajaj,
Poddar Foundation,
Jai & Sugandha Hiremath, Hikal Ltd,
Priyam Jhaveri,
Anurag Kanoria,
Dhruv Khaitan, Trustee, Kumudini Devi Khaitan, Samvedna Trust,
Dilip Piramal,
Aditya Ruia,
Shamina Talyarkhan,
Bahram & Arti Vakil

Dipak & Rohitashwa Poddar

Lolita Shivdasani


Jnanapravaha is a registered Trust. Contributions qualify for 80G benefits. We are eligible for CSR contributions, as specified in the Companies Act (2013), and have been awarded FCRA clearance from the Government of India. For further information, please contact our support team support@jp-india.org