Khotachiwadi: Heritage Village in Mumbai

in Module
Published on: 27 July 2018

Anuja Dasgupta

A literature major, Anuja is pursuing her Master's in Visual Art from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has been into photography for five years, and is the recipient of the Indian Photography Festival - Portrait Prize 2017. Currently in-between artistic practices, Anuja allows explorations through her graduate study to work with and around her interests, which largely come under social anthropology.

Khotachiwadi is a captivating village surrounded by the busy streets of Girgaum in South Mumbai. Buildings in the neighbourhood display the strong Portuguese influence of the mid-sixteenth century, at the time when it was a part of vast coconut plantations of the then Girgaum wadi. The module examines the hybrid nature of the overall architecture with its Goan-Portugese influences, the co-existence of diverse communities within the region and the impact of rapidly urbanising surroundings upon the precinct.