Knowledge Pillars

YES Culture


The Institute, through its YES Culture initiative is dedicated towards the promotion, development and conservation of India’s cultural heritage. YES Culture is positioned to drive financing and inclusive socio-economic development through the promotion of creativity and innovative Indian arts. We engage with the government, industry and academia to foster synergies between stakeholders.

YES Culture works towards identifying stand-out initiatives that we can engage with as key participants and partners. We also focus on public engagement with heritage sites to promote the need for conservation. An important aspect of our work is advocating research on cultural issues and organizing platforms to augment awareness of India’s rich cultural heritage.

In 2016, we have undertaken the following projects:

YES Institute-YES Culture Delhi Heritage Walks and Cycle Tours

Since February 2016, YES Institute has collaborated with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Our Delhi Heritage Walks have been the first in the series and we look to expand nationally. The walks have seen the participation of more than 1500 individuals including Government officials, academicians, foreign missions, students amongst others. The walks have covered some of the most iconic sites of India including Qutb Complex, Humayun’s Tomb, Hauz Khas Village, Old Delhi and Purana Qila.

YES Institute-YES Culture Educate@Museums Series

YES Institute has initiated the ‘Educate@Museums’ series, bringing together Government and private schools, cultural institutions and private organizations to build capacities for museum and cultural learning. In Delhi, we partnered with The National Gallery of Modern Art, The Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Sanskriti Museums and The Crafts Museums. We worked with 150 educators from forty different schools over four days through workshops. The workshops promoted YES Institute’s intrinsic belief that museums can help stimulate creative thought amongst students.

YES Institute-YES Culture Craft in India Series

Institute’s ‘Craft in India’: This series attempts to spark a dialogue around various facets of the crafts industry and recent trends that are acting as a catalyst for its cultural and economic rejuvenation and growth. In this age of design, we believe that India must leverage its strength in creative crafts to position itself as a global power. The ‘Craft in India’ banner encompasses several topical symposiums, initiatives and workshops to define the debate within crafts and creative industry. YES Institute has partnered with the Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Tourism, National Museum, Instituto Francais, DASTKAR, Instituto Ceravantes amongst others to bring together thought leaders to discuss important subjects such as reinventing traditional embroidery practices, the role of khadi in the 21st century and craft-based tourism.

YES Institute ‘Idea of India’ Series

In order to recognize and document the ideas of distinguished individuals who have worked tirelessly towards the preservation of Indian culture, we hosted a galaxy of star speakers such as Aman Nath, Neemrana Hotels, Shri Tarun Vijay, BJP MP as well as Shri Anant Nath, Editor, Caravan to dissect the ‘Idea of India.’ We also partnered with the India International Centre and the Embassy of Israel for a talk on the Upanishads. Under the banner of the ‘Idea of India’ series, YES Institute has also partnered with Harper Collins to re-publish the richly illustrated version of ‘Delhi through the Seasons’ by Khushwant Singh.

Performing Arts

YES Institute partnered with the University of Chicago to bring performing artists from Kerala to showcase Kudiyattam – an ancient Sanskrit dance drama centered on the Ramayana over five nights. YES Institute has also partnered with the The Hindu to bring together the Hindu Theatre Festival in southern India. We celebrate and support regionally and stylistically diverse performing arts around the country in order develop and conserve India’s performance heritage.