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Jaya Basera

Jaya Basera is a Delhi-based Heritage Consultant and Researcher. She specializes in Medieval Indian history with a Master’s degree in it from the University of Delhi. With over a decade and half in the field of heritage (research and awareness), her expertise lies in archival research, interpretation, creation and facilitation of workshops and educational programmes for children and adults alike.

She has been actively involved in designing and delivering workshops at the National Museum, New Delhi since 2013. In the past, she was part of the core curatorial team that set up the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum Phase II where she conducted research, documentation and curatorial work. She has also been associated with the World Monuments Fund and the Archaeological Survey of India; Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI) (for the listing of the Badshahi Sadak/Grand Trunk Road’s Punjab section on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tentative list for cultural routes) and Ideate Design Studio (exhaustive research and documentation of water structures in various districts of Rajasthan).

In addition, as a keen lover of heritage and culture, she has regularly led Heritage Walks since 2005, exploring her beloved city on foot. Jaya is currently working on a private research project on a historic building at Fatehpur Sikri and researching and documenting the Rohilkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

However, her work has also taken her all over the country. She has extensive knowledge of regional variations and shares this knowledge with domestic and international travellers through personalized tours in Northern, Western and Deccan India.

The tangible aspects of culture and heritage fascinate her and she usually likes to link them to the intangible. Apart from her regular work, she is currently spending time learning Persia language, understanding her family heritage, and presenting talks and lectures on various aspects of Delhi history and heritage.
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