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HISTORY AND MISSION

The Centre for Creativity, Heritage and Development (CCHD) was started in 2011 and was established as a trust in 2012. The Centre for Creativity, Heritage and Development is dedicated to the promotion of crafts, artefacts and other things of historic and artistic significance and the development of indigent and struggling craftspeople and artisans through research, documentation, publications, education programs, training and skill enhancement, networking activities and other support services as and when required.

OBJECTIVES

PEOPLE

Trustees

Mr. B. Narendran
Mr. Narayanaswamy
Mr. S. Shreenivas

Chairperson
Dr. Kala Shreen currently heads the Centre for Creativity, Heritage and Development, Chennai, India. She is also the Director of Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network (CDEN), along with Dr.Maruska Svasek, School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, U.K.

Kala has obtained M.S. in Sociology from Morgan State University, Baltimore, U.S.A. due to her interest in African-American studies and subsequently Ph.D in Sociology-Anthropology from the University of Madras, India.

With over 15 years of research experience, her principal research interests include material culture, visual arts, religion, diaspora studies, community studies and development. She has presented papers and delivered lectures in several prestigious institutions in the USA, UK, Canada and Europe. She has received awards and grants from many international organizations. She has executed several collaborative initiatives in India and abroad. She is the author of several journal articles and chapters in books with national and international publishers.

She has taught courses in social theory, visual arts and social anthropology at the University of Madras (M.O.P. Vaishnav College) as an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean - Research.

Her current interests also include visual productions. She has conceptualized, scripted, directed and produced documentary films that have been screened in international forums. She has curated photo exhibitions and has generated photographs for several publications.

Kala also pursues consultancy work for the Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry on research projects in areas of rural development, communication and film studies, health, education and Indian culture. She is a member of the Research Advisory Council of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences.

Board of Advisors
The advisory members of the Board are eminent and established people in the field of arts, crafts, heritage and education.