Searching for a Future of the Past
“Our work in conservation, urban design and architecture explores the possibility of expressing ourselves in searching for a future of the past. As a nation we experience several phases of a glorious past and a rather uncertain future. Can our remnants of a glorious past be given a meaningful future beyond the notion of mere nostalgia or hopeless romanticism? Can a search for values and deeper meanings from the past enrich our future and make it more wholesome and balanced? Can our contemporary architecture pay its respects to our heritage, embrace values of place and yet be an expression of our times? Could there be a candid conversation between the past and its future? Drawn towards the past with a
passion, with eyes wide open, urban design & conservation our architecture tries to create places that would appeal to the universal expression of architecture rather than a pursuit of stylistic personal expression.“
- Anjali & Kiran Kalamdani.
Architects Anjali and Kiran Kalamdani graduated from the BKPS College of Architecture, Pune in1985 after which they did their M.Arch in Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. After working for a year in Delhi with K T Ravindran, they travelled to England and across Europe where Kiran completed his M. A in Conservation Studies at the University of York while Anjali worked as an architect in the York City Council. On their return to India in 1989 they started their practice ‘ KIMAYA ’ in Architecture, Urban Design, Conservation, Interior Design and Valuation in Chinchwad and completed over 200 projects which include several important landmarks like the Shaniwar Wada, Vishrambag wada, Tulshibag, St. Paul’s Church, Council Hall, Agriculture College, Deccan College, CSMT Mumbai, etc. Their ongoing works include the decade old work on the Wari, the Temple and Resort at Nira Narsingpur for the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Conservation of the Swami Vivekananda’s Avaita Ashram at Mayavati in Uttarakhand and the Jyotirlinga Temple conservation at Bhimashankar for the Finance Minister of Maharashtra.
Besides working as professionals their contribution as activists by writing in local and professional dailies, has been a constant preoccupation. They exemplify the changing role of the professional architect that goes into the realm of ethical activism beyond that of a mere service provider. Increasing awareness in the areas of Heritage Conservation has been their passion for which they are engaged in several projects across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Both of them are founder members of the Institute of Urban Designers India ( IUDI ) and Kiran is a founder member of the newly formed Indian Conservation Architects Community ( ICAC ) and a member of the ICOMOS.
Their commitment to educating young professionals through hands - on work in their studio and various sites as well as lectures, workshops and seminars over the last 29 years has yielded a large fraternity of collaborators, well wishers and followers who consider their advice importanton various important matters. They have guided several students in their Dissertations and presentations and have been asked to be members of several juries and boards of assessment. They have published their work over the last 29 years as a series of publications that involve professional development of co - professionals as well as young entrants. Increasing awareness about the positive aspects of our heritage that will ensure in building a stable and complete society. Their active participation in public life and the commitment to the cause of betterment of the quality of life around them is a constant endeavor that drives their activities and products. Professional recognition came to Kimaya in the form of
the Unesco Asia Pacific Award of Meritfor the project of Conservation of Shri Sakhargadniwasini Devi Mandir, Village Kinhai, Taluka Koregaon, Satara District in 2014 and again in 2015 with an Honourable Mention for the conservation of the Parvatinandan Ganapati Mandir at Ganeshkhind in Pune.