Jnanapravaha Mumbai | Para-Academic Institute


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 Criticism and Theory section offers a certificate courses in Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory, and seminars in Indian Intellectual Traditions,   

 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.

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Rashmi Poddar
Director, JPM | Course Director of Indian Aesthetics; Islamic Aesthetics; Buddhist Aesthetics; and Indian Intellectual Traditions, JPM 

Smriti Morarka
Trustee, Jnanapravaha

Sharon Rodrigues
Manager of Institute Affairs, JPM 

Jaya Kanoria
Course Director of Indian Aesthetics, JPM

Adira Thekkuveettil
Course Director of Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory, 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

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

Helen Philon
Independent Scholar, Co-Founder of Deccan Heritage Foundation

Deccan Heritage Foundation

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

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

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

Vinod Doshi, Echjay Industries (CSR) Foundation
Dhruv Khaitan, Trustee, Kumudini Devi Khaitan Samvedna Trust
Dilip Piramal, VIP Industries Ltd.

Shekhar Bajaj, Bajaj Electricals Ltd.
Minakshi & Shishir Bajaj
Avantika & Puneet Dalmia, Avanee Foundation
Deccan Heritage Foundation
Poddar Foundation
Jai & Sugandha Hiremath, Hikal Ltd
Rochna & Tarang Jain, Varroc Foundation
Priyam & Gayatri Jhaveri
Ajay & Vandana Kanoria, Asiatic Oxygen Ltd.
Anurag Kanoria
Deepak & Smita Parekh, HDFC Ltd.
Maithili Parekh & Shashank Singh
Aditya Ruia
Shamina Talyarkhan
Bahram & Arti Vakil

Lolita Shivdasani
Dayanita Singh

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