A Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship
took me to an anachronistic setting amidst the bustling streets and sky- high glossy buildings of South Bombay. The heritage village of Khotachiwadi is replete with visual drama as it hosts an extraordinary hybridity in its culture and architecture. A history of East Indians, Marathis, Gujratis, Marwaris and Sindhis entering the precinct factored into its built fabric of Portuguese villas, Goan cottages, chawls
and apartments. Systemically ignored by the Bombay Municipal Corporation, the wadi is insidiously losing its heritage essence while striving to save itself from the tides of urbanization by synthesizing its community differences into harmony. I was struck by the chords of this harmony when the neighbourhood embraced me, helping me broaden my documentation into a composite of photographs, videos, interviews, fact sheets and articles.