Charles Correa


Charles Correa is an architect, planner, activist, theoretician and a fundamental figure in the world-wide panorama of contemporary
architecture. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958. His work in India shows a careful development, understanding and adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment. His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.

Over the last four decades, Correa has done pioneering work in urban issues and low cost shelter in the Third World. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for New Bombay an urban growth center of 2 million people, across the harbor from the existing city. In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.

He was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for the year 1984. His acclaimed design for McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT was dedicated recently. He is a recipient of the civilian awards in India, Padma Vibhushan (2006) and Padma Shri.




Bhau Korde


Ramchandra Y Korde (Bhau) is a resident of Dharavi who has been intimately involved in the neighbourhood all his life. After completing his schooling he has worked in the administration of the D.S. High School, Sion for around four decades. He has been part of various political upheavals that Dharavi witnessed in the second half of the twentieth century. He has worked closely in preventing communal riots in the neighbourhood by organizing local committees and launching innovative media intitiatives. He has also been involved with the Nomadic tribe movement – (Bhadaktya Vimukti Jaati) - all over Maharashtra.



Shirish Patel


Mr Patel is a Civil Engineer with interests that extend to the engineering design of public works, notably dams, bridges, and marine structures; urban planning and urban affairs; the planning of factories, and other complexes that benefit from an inter-disciplinary approach; solar energy research; and software development.

He founded the firm, in 1960. It is owned and managed by professionals, with the route to becoming an Associate open to every engineer in the office. Now numbering about 70, the entire staff is profit-sharing, from the lowest-salaried employee to Associate.




Kalpana Sharma / Mumbai


Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist, columnist and media consultant based in Mumbai. She has been, until recently, Deputy Editor and Chief of Bureau of The Hindu in Mumbai. In over three decades as a full-time journalist, she has held senior positions in Himmat Weekly, Indian Express and the Times of India. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues. She writes a fortnightly column in The Hindu’s Sunday Magazine section, The Other Half, which comments on contemporary issues from a gender perspective. She has also followed and commented on urban issues, especially in the context of Mumbai’s development.

Kalpana Sharma is the author of “Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum” (Penguin 2000) and has co-edited with Ammu Joseph “Whose News? The Media and Women’s Issues” (Sage 1994, 2006) and “Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out” (Kali for Women, 2003)