By Jyotika Purwar & Martina Spies

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29 06 17 — 2:30

Dr Sarika Srivastava a not so young anaesthetist happened to cross roads with me on the wilful wearing of a saree by a contemporary woman.


She says she always had the freedom to choose between westerns, other Indian dresses and Sarees.

Then what prompted her to wear this apparently complicated drape.

She grins and says -I always want to make a style statement together with being innovative. No other dress permits both the things so easily.

Dr Sarika says she wanted to wear clothes that were tight enough to compliment her feminity but lose enough to show sophistication.She slyly grins and says, “Above all this is my main purpose everyday was to tease his imagination-(my husband: my friend & my lover) With this dress I could control him by leaving the saree a bit lower here and promptly fixing it by bringing it a bit high again. He always said the way you lift it up and fix it turns me on! A little peep of my ankle, a modest display of my curvaceous waist and a beautiful bare back always brought me many compliments. it was like despite wearing a five yards drape your man could see through”.


A very powerful and a sensuous dress indeed.



Jyotika Purwar

My background and education is in interior architecture with interdisciplinary approach. I have a Master in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor in Interior Design from CEPT, Ahmedabad. I have worked in places like Chicago and New York for several years as a design educator before moving back to Mumbai. Here along with interior architecture, I have worked extensively in the fields of branding design and strategy, advertising, retail point-of-sale activation and experience design for real estate. Currently, I am working as an experience designer at Godrej Properties Ltd.. My role specifically is to design the entire life style propositions of our various properties across India.

Martina Spies

Martina Spies holds a PhD in architecture, is a builder and activist. In 2013 she and her father founded the organization Anukruti, which builds playgrounds on vacant urban sites within slums in the megacity Mumbai. She has gained experience in international offices such as Shigeru Ban in Japan, COSTFORD, B.V. Doshi and Hasmukh Patel in India. Between 2013 and 2016, she worked as a research manager for the project Ground Up – A Dwellers‘ Focused Design Tool for Upgrading Living Space’ in Dharavi, Mumbai in one of the highest density and largest informal settlements in the world. At Studio X Mumbai, Martina Spies, in cooperation with Columbia University, was the successful curator of two international exhibitions called Dharavi: Places and Identities and Mumbai – which bring the four neighbourhoods in the slum in the middle of Megacity Mumbai alive and Let‘s play! Children as Creators of Informal Playspaces, which showcased the culture of playing in India for the first time.

Michaela Rotsch

Bildende Künstlerin, transdisziplinäre und -kulturelle Forschung mit arabesken Organisationsstrukturen und syntopischen Werkstrukturen.

* Der Prototyp der Glaskuben stammt aus der künstlerischen Werkstruktur SYNTOPIAN VAGABOND, die hier mit dem transkulturellen Projektansatz von GLASPALÄSTE durch die gemeinsame Rahmenstruktur der Glaskuben verbunden wird. Dadurch wird die Grenze zwischen Bildender Kunst und anderen kulturellen Bereichen ausgelotet.

Michaela Rotsch

Fine artist, transdisciplinary and transcultural research with arabesque organisational structures and syntopic work structures.

* The prototype of the glass cubes comes from the artistic work structure SYNTOPIAN VAGABOND, which is linked here to the transcultural approach of GLASPALÄSTE through the common structure of the glass cubes. Thus the boundary between contemporary art and other cultural areas is explored.

Irmtraud Voglmayr

Soziologin und Medienwissenschaftlerin, Schwerpunkte in Forschung und Lehre: Stadt- und Raumforschung, Medien, Gender und Klasse.

Irmtraud Voglmayr

Sociologist and media theorist, focussing on research and teaching: city and urban planning, media, gender and class.

Juliane Zellner

Juliane Zellner studierte Theaterwissenschaft (M.A.) in München, Urban Studies (MSc.) in London und promoviert derzeit an der Hafencity Universität im Fachbereich Kultur der Metropolen.

Juliane Zellner

Juliane Zellner holds a degree in Theatre Studies (M.A.) from LMU Munich and a degree in Urban Studies (MSc) from UCL London.

Currently she is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Metropolitan Culture at the HCU Hamburg.