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4 December 2019: Rabindranath Tagore; A Renaissance Man by Prof Bashabi Fraser

Professor Bashabi Fraser gives the John Masefield Lecture on Rabindranath Tagore: A Renaissance Man. Bashabi Fraser bases her lecture on a new book she’s written about Rabindranath Tagore, a polymath who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He embodies the modern consciousness of the subcontinent as he was involved in contributing to the narrative of a nation. Read more

Rabindranath Tagore: The Vivified Vision of Nature in Art

The Magnificence of Nature… Nature, the inexhaustible treasure trove of creativity, generated inspirations from the very onset of human civilization. Any visual culture is read, realized and recognized in the context of its land of origin, i.e geographical as well as the social environment. Society and culture are interwoven with nature, and art in its manifold forms, mediums and expressions represents such issues and realizations of our daily existence. Read more

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10 – 11th June 2019: Empire and the Senses

Human and non-human bodies have always been immersed in a sensory world of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations. In the long twentieth century, these have been enmeshed with power by enacting hierarchies of the senses themselves (sight being the most superior followed by sound, smell, taste and so on) which in turn were used (i) to perform distinction across race, caste, class and gender hierarchies (black and brown/Dalit/working-class/menstruating women’s bodies have often been described as “dirty”, “smelly”, “noisy”) and (ii) structure technologies (such as audio and video media (gramophone, cinema, radio etcetera)). Read more

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