Time Travelling through Art – Plassey to Partition

A hybrid module that uses art from the DAG museum-exhibitions to explore familiar landmarks in the history of modern India through fresh perspectives

Join us for the first session in the series
Feb 25, 2021 05:00 PM ISTFeb 26, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Meeting ID: 928 5115 8389
Passcode: 666793

‘Time Travelling through Art: From Plassey to Partition,’ takes participants through the evolution of art in Bengal from the arrival of the first European painters in the late-18th century to the post-independence period. It encompasses the early phases in Bengal art, known as the Dutch Bengal style, the rise of the Bengal School, art practices at Santiniketan, visual depictions of the famine, and comes down to the turbulent ‘70s. Through these artworks we explore familiar landmarks of Indian history, through the perspectives of artists, travellers, teachers and everyday people.The artworks are from the collection of DAG’s museums – Drishyakala, Red Fort, New Delhi and Ghare Baire, Currency Building, Kolkata.

Sujaan Mukherjee.Sujaan is part of the Education and Outreach department at DAG’s Ghare Baire museum-exhibition in Kolkata. Although his academic research, based at Jadavpur University, is in urban history, Sujaan is inquisitive about the history of art, modernisms and the physical cultures. His activism is directed towards making museums and archives more accessible, and in 2015 he received an Archival Fellowship from IFA to work with the archives of CSSS, Calcutta.

Sumona Chakravarty.
Sumona is the founder of Hamdasti, a Kolkata-based arts platform for socially engaged arts practices. Her work is participatory in nature, engaging diverse communities over a long period of time and collaboratively intervening in public spaces.Sumona is a graduate of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, with a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has been a Fellow in the ArtThink South Asia Program at Khoj, Delhi and at the Global Cultural Leaders Program, hosted by the European Union. She is currently the Deputy Director of Ghare Baire, DAG Museums at the Currency Building, Kolkata. 

25 January – 24 February 2021

And to ring in 2021 here is a calendar that features specially made digital collages by Sunandini Banerjee. A treat for the eyes, this limited-edition calendar is a tribute to women who, through their daily, often unacknowledged labour, help make the world a better place.


And from History for Peace here is a curated reading/viewing list.
Hope the new year brings light and joy!

Amrita Pritam and the Pain of the Partition:
Nirupama Dutt & Urvashi Butalia in conversation

Decolonization: Change and Continuity – Sekhar Bandhopadhyay

The Idea of Dissent in the Indian Past and Present
Romila Thapar

Constitutionalism and India’s Nationalist Imagination-
Valerian Rodrigues https://bit.ly/3rxBatm

The Idea of India : Romila Thapar and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation https://bit.ly/2WPF4zO

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We promise to keep bringing to you critical and engaging content through the years to come.

71 years ago on 26 November, the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly, replacing the Government of India Act 1935 and imparting the nascent Indian nation constitutional supremacy. What better occasion to get your young ones introduced to this document if they haven’t been already? Here’s a wonderful reading Gulan and Jayant Kripalani recently put together for us of former Chief Justice Leila Seth’s 𝘞𝘦, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢 (Puffin, 2010). Listen, re-familiarize, share.