Do Din is an annual year end event anchored by Hyderabad Urban Lab in the city of Hyderabad. It is an attempt to bring together the multiple strands that comprise life in a city. In an ideal urban space all that makes for the urban experience would be accorded equal value. In reality however, the rag picker is only an urchin to be shunned.
It is HUL’s effort at Do Din to make visible if not audible, all the seen and unseen, known and unknown individuals and collectives and communities that enable life in the city, any city.
Do Din acknowledges and affirms the bus conductor, the grandmother, the teacher, the artist, the planner, the sweeper, the singer, the auto wala, the student, the shopkeeper and all others for their contribution to the urban experience.
Do Din 2013 had at its core the idea of data as a significant tool for research and practice. Mapping, participatory planning and heritage were the other dominant themes running through the different sessions in the first edition of Do Din. In Do Din 2014 the focus was on “informality” in various sectors, housing, livelihoods and economy. Gender caste and environment were also discussed.
At Do Din 2016 the idea of wellbeing will be the connecting thread between the various sessions.
Wellbeing is conventionally seen as a durable condition to which all conscious beings aspire; a condition not merely of physical and mental soundness but also of stability and security in an environment that is free from anxiety and conflict and where some degree of harmony can be sustained between humans and their surroundings.
Human civilisation has probably never been further from wellbeing than it currently is. Do Din 2016 wishes to explore what wellbeing can mean in these times of uncertainty and anxiety and how it can be accomplished through simple strategies of coexistence.
The concept behind the (web) poster is that of representing an inclusive city. At HUL we often talk about how a bit of creative thinking and flexibility goes along in addressing the unmet needs of those with whom we coexist, especially women, children, the elderly, the disabled and those working in the informal economy.
So the poster has a women-only chai stall that operates even after dark, a help desk and a drinking water kiosk at every bus stop and recreational areas in neighbourhoods, available to and accessible by all potential users.
To flatter ourselves we have also created an impression in the sketch that there is a buzz in the city about Do Din. We decide to stagger the release of information and details as a kind of countdown to the event.
This same idea has been used for the public poster that is to be put up in the city. You will see people in the poster chatting amongst each other, talking about Do Din and what will be happening on the two days of Do Din.
Prasad Shetty is an urban planner and founder Faculty at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA).
He will be on a panel on urban planning at Do Din.
Gautam Bhan is an academic, activist, author and a Senior Consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. His research focuses on the politics of poverty, inequality and development in Indian cities with reference to housing, social security, governance and urban and planning theory.
He will be conducting a workshop on research methodology (Framing an enquiry) at Do Din.
Anita Patil-Deshmukh a public health practitioner is also the executive Director of PUKAR.
She will be conducting a pre Do Din workshop on community Health at HUL and a presentation on PUKAR at Do Din.
Gauhar Raza is a scientist, a communication teacher, a film maker, an activist and a poet.
At Do Din he will share his poetry and he will do a workshop on Youth and politics.
Partha Mukhopadhyay senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research is also an advisor to the Central and state governments on economic and infrastructure issues.
He will be delivering the Valedictory speech at Do Din.
Jayaraj Sundaresan is co-director of the Urban Fellowship Program at iihs, Bangalore.
He will also be talking of the commons.
Karen Cohelo is an urban anthropologist serving as faculty at the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Chennai.
She will be sharing her work on urban commons.
Nityanand Jayaraman is a Chennai-based writer and social activist who helps mobilise young people and engage them in social and environmental justice struggles.
He will present a talk on the Chennai floods and its aftermath.
Kinnera Murthy former dean (Academics) ASCI, is a BITS, Pilani alumni. She has a rich experience in management consulting and training senior level executives.
She will be a critical observer and conduct a conversation with Kuppili Padma.
Avani Rao Gandra is an artist academic, a writer and a promoter of the arts. She is also the founder of ICONART Contemporary Art Gallery).
She will be curating art installations by her team of artists at Do Din.
Arun is an interaction designer, programmer and according to Pascal Neis’ OpenStreetMap profiles — a crazy mapper booking more than 7,000 edits on OpenStreetMap. He is an avid editor on the Wikipedia project where he contributed many of India’s maps. Prior to joining Mapbox Arun worked with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to help develop the geography portion of a national education plan for youth in India.
Anupam Kunapuli was trained in Carnatic classical music but has been performing on the key board for over a decade.
He will play the piano for us.
Sharan Goud is an engineering student who has trained himself as a beat boxer.
He will weave his magic at Do Din ’16.
Deepa Kiran the founder of Story Arts India is a storyteller, education consultant, writer and voice-over artist who lives in Hyderabad and holds her shows and workshops across the country.
She will perform a story in Do Din’s creative expression segment.
Dr Subhadra Jalali is a highly qualified ophthalmologist who has worked at L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India for many years. She has played a pivotal role in the control of visual loss from retinopathy of prematurity not only in India but also elsewhere.
Maheep Singh Thapar, Urban Planner and consultant to state governments has helped design the master plan of many cities in the country.
He will be part of a panel on planning in Hyderabad.
Mateen Ansari, spent several years in the US as a social gerontolist before returning to her home town of Hyderabad.
She will be sharing her experiences of working for the wellbeing of the aged and ageing
Harsha Vadlamani is an independent photographer / curator based out of Hyderabad and Delhi. He is also the founder and curator of Galli Magazine, an online space showcasing visual storytelling from India.
He will be curating the photo exhibition at Do Din.
is a multi-sectorial design professional. His focus has been on integrating design with deep values.
At Do Din 16 he will be a critical observer apart from doing a design workshop with young professionals.
KUPPILI PADMA is a Telugu author and columnist who has several published works on fiction and non fiction to her credit. She is a story teller with a distinct understanding of and empathy for the ways in which progress impacts the life of women.
She can be heard in conversation with Dr. Kinnera Murthy on literature and life.
MIR ALI HUSAIN wears many hats. He is a management professor, poet, script writer, translator, author and a story teller.
He will be presenting a session on Urdu poetry and modern India.
Hyderabad Urban Lab (HUL) began in mid 2012 as a programme of the Right to the City Foundation (TRTCF), a public charitable trust based in Hyderabad. The aim of the programme was to conduct research on urban issues in a way that would bridge the gap between academic urban research and life at ground zero.
The governing body of TRTCF had as its members, Dr. Biju Mathew, Mr Ashar Farhan, Mr. Bharat Bhushan, Dr. Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Dr. Vinay Gidwani and Dr. Anant Maringanti who served as the Executive Director of HUL.
In January 2016, when the programme was sufficiently grounded and had acquired its own life, the governing board of HUL, decided to reincorporate it as a non-profit company (section 8) under the name Hyderabad Urban Lab Foundation.
While the reincorporation (in June 2016) gives HUL, a legal existence, in spirit it has enabled us to continue to work towards the objectives that HUL set up for itself in 2012.
The HUL logo represents the urban grid, an interconnected network of resources and opportunities that should ideally be available and accessible to everyone who stakes a claim to them. In other words the logo represents the city as a space of resource sharing and opportunity generation for everyone that is part of it
Conventionally infrastructure is defined by roads, pavements, vehicles, flyovers, bus stops and other utilities in the city. What we do not take into account are the men and women in the city who provide the fundamental services that enable education, connection, production, consumption, mobility, recreation and much else in the city.
This visual titled Urban Infrastructure was composed by HUL researcher Neha V. It highlights the unacknowledged labour of the housewife, the street cleaner, the construction worker, the sanitation worker, the hawker and countless others. They too are the city’s infrastructure.
Neha and Ishwarya – Design display & output production
Akash and Siraj – Legwork errands arrangements on venue
Jonathan and Adhir – Support and assistance to all the above
Omar and Ahmed – Urdu translation
Vanshika – Compering
Mridula – Rapporteuring
Vinay – Report and documentation
Vilasini and Ashish – Video recording
Ishwarya and Ashish – Editing and video documentation
Namith and Pullanna – Hospitality coordination
Sridhar – Coding and web administration
Anant and Bhashwati – Logistics, overall direction and guidance
Lakshmi and Siraj– Make all this possible
First and foremost we wish to thank the director, principal admin staff and maintenance staff of
Vidyaranya school for allowing us use of the school premises and extending all possible support to the executing of Do Din.
We thank the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) for collaborating with us for the event.
We thank Siva Graphics and Mani printers for printing the publicity material and souvenirs at very short notice.
We thank Beam cable network for providing us wi fi facility at the venue.
Thank you Ajay (manager at Rock Castle) and team for providing us hot and timely lunches during the two days of the event.
Thank you to ALL THE RESOURCE PEOPLE local and non-local, who gave life to the different sessions at Do Din.
Thank you Harsha Vadlamani for procuring and curating a remarkable set of photographs so representative of the urban.
A special thanks to the founder of Iconart gallery, Dr. Avani Gandra and her artists for their unfailing enthusiastic participation at Do Din.
A very warm thanks to the Urban Fellows from IIHS, Bangalore.
And our heartfelt thanks to all visitors, guests and participants at the meeting