Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Director General


Director General

Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and also Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernisation, including refurbishment of the museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation centre, a new Children’s Museum, an institutional archive, new galleries and educational initiatives. In 2010, in recognition of his initiatives, UNESCO awarded the museum the 2010 Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Mr. Mukherjee has organised numerous art exhibitions and international shows such as ‘Mummy: The Inside Story’, ‘Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia’, ‘What’s in a Name? Shakespeare’s First Folio in Mumbai’, and ‘India and the World: A History in Nine Stories’ and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programmes and research projects in partnership with museums worldwide. He helms the Research and Publication department at CSMVS, having expanded operations and revived several publications including the CSMVS Research Journal (a formerly defunct Bulletin). Mr. Mukherjee is a frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, more particularly, the Bizot Group (a distinguished group of American and European museum directors), the Mumbai Heritage Committee, and is Chairman of the Content Committee for the proposed National Maritime Museum, Lothal. He has been a fellow of the Nehru Trust, Charles Wallace India Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He holds an MA in Museology and MA in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Maharaja Sayajirao University. The Bombay Management Association conferred 'Special Jury Mention Award 2016–17' on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the preservation of Indian culture and enhancing the glory of the prestigious museum. The University of Edinburgh recently conferred upon Mr. Mukherjee the degree of Doctor honoris causa for transformation of CSMVS to a vibrant, engaged, cultural catalyst in Mumbai.


Note from the Director General

Note from the Director General

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the CSMVS, Mumbai!

The calendar year 2018 may be termed as ‘significant’ in terms of creativity and innovation in different areas as well as the Museum’s development.

As we prepared to welcome 2019, we all felt it would be important for the Management to add new areas of interest and create future leaders to lead our Institute as one of the most progressive and inclusive museums of the world.

Local communities are seen as resources and experts in their own cultures. Involving communities can help sustain traditional know-how and skills, enable multiple voices to be heard and foster a sense of identity and enhanced social vision.

Keeping these objectives in mind, the Management has created the following positions, namely, Collection Management, Museum Marketing and Strategy, International Relations, Non-Indian Antiquities, and Photographs and Conservation Management.

It gives me immense pleasure to share the brief profiles of CSMVS' future leaders for your information and referral.

I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for the encouragement, cooperation and support and I hope you continue your relationship with us.


S. Mukherjee


Brief Profiles


Director – Galleries and General Administration

Manisha Nene has been with CSMVS since 1989 and is responsible for the management of the entire collection and has reorganised the collection storages. She has curated several exhibitions on varied subjects at the Museum and co-curated several galleries in the Museum. Nene also participated in the International Training Programme at the British Museum (2012), and curated an exhibition ‘From Temple to Home – Celebrating Ganesha’ there. She has contributed to entries on textiles, Indian decorative arts and Indian arms in various catalogues and has written for several publications for the Museum. Nene is also the creative advisor for the several educational DVDs produced by the Museum. She is among the core faculty for the Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at the Museum.

Head of Museum Marketing and Strategy

Joyoti Roy has been working in the field of museums and culture for fifteen years and joined CSMVS in 2018. Roy is interested in the social role of museums and believes that arts institutions have the key responsibility to shape and reflect people's futures. She has been an arts’ and museum manager and until recently, she was heading the Outreach Department at National Museum, New Delhi. Roy has been a Charles Wallace India Trust Awardee for the year 2008 for a fellowship programme in conservation of contemporary art at the Tate Gallery, London. She was the Clore Leadership Fellow for Culture representing India to the UK in 2017–18 and worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London for their upcoming museum and collection research facility in East London.

Assistant Curator – International Relations

Vaidehi Savnal has been with CSMVS since 2011. Her primary role involves liaising and building partnerships with international and Indian cultural institutes through collaborative projects including exhibitions, research projects, capacity building and skill-sharing programmes. Savnal coordinates the Museum's Academic Programme and Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Museology and Art Conservation and also coordinates infrastructure development projects and special exhibitions. She curated the exhibition ‘What’s in a Name?’ that displayed Shakespeare’s First Folio at the CSMVS on loan from the British Library and co-curated the exhibition, ‘Traversing Tibet: through the lens of Li Gotami’. She has trained at the British Museum, London and at the Wellcome Trust, London. Savnal recently delivered a TEDx talk at the Neerja Modi School, Jaipur exploring narratives of the exhibition ‘India and the World: A History in Nine Stories’.

Assistant Curator – Non-Indian Antiquities

Divya Pawathinal has been with CSMVS since 2012. She has worked with the reorganisation and setting up of permanent galleries and been involved with various national and international exhibitions. Pawathinal is in-charge of CSMVS’ social media platforms for content related to the collection, programmes, curatorial and conservation activities and has successfully conducted campaigns and interactions with viewers. She is also part of several digital projects such as the Coding Culture Hackathon – a collaboration with ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany and Max Muller Bhavan/ Goethe Institute, Mumbai. Pawathinal was a fellow to ‘Dresden Summer – International Academy for the Arts’ 2016, held at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany. She is also part of the media communications team as well as the editorial team of The Museum Newsletter and Annual Review. Apart from this, she has been involved with numerous educational and cultural events organised in the Museum.

Assistant Curator – Photographs, Paper and Conservation Management

Nikhil Ramesh is a conservator with over nine years of experience in conserving objects of varied material compositions and has been with the CSMVS since 2015. Nikhil is involved extensively with documentation, condition assessment, scientific analysis, conservation of objects of varied compositions, exhibition support, and capacity building through various educational programmes at the Museum. He has also been part of the CSMVS conservation team working at Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, Kuwait. Nikhil was a Fellow of the Indian Conservation Fellowship Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, where he specialised in photographs conservation. He is also an alumnus of the Leon Levy Centre for Conservation Studies, Nagaur, in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art.