SOAS University of London


Asia House presents


in association with The British Library & SOAS


Related Lectures


In association with the Bagri Foundation at the Royal Institution


Wednesday 17 October 2001
George Michell
Early Photographers and India's Royal Architecture


This talk will focus on photographers such as Samuel Bourne, John Murray, Lala Deen Dayal, Felice Beato and others, who recorded the fortified Rajput palaces at Amber and Bundi, the splendid residences of the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the subsequently demolished pavilions of Lucknow.
George Michell is well known as a world authority on Indian art and architecture. Among his many publications is The Royal Palaces of India. He has been working for many years at the South Indian royal site of Vijayanagara (Hampi).




Monday 12 November 2001
Patrick French
Why the British Indian Empire Ended


A look at Indian and British attitudes towards imperial rule during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the reasons behind the rapid rise and success of Indian nationalism.
Patrick French is a noted writer and historian. He is the author of the award-winning Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division and Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer.




Monday 3 December 2001 - CANCELLED
Ebrahim Alkazi
Labyrinth of Shadows 19th Century Photography in South Asia


Delving into his collection of photographs, Ebrahim Alkazi muses over the manner in which they simultaneously record, evoke and falsify the past. Different periods or peoples read different meanings into the same images. The passage through photography is like that through a labyrinth invested with shadows, evoking irony and pathos as much as pleasure.
Ebrahim Alkazi distinguished himself in India as an actor, director and educator. He was also actively associated with the modern movement in art through his carefully curated exhibitions, publications and patronage of art.




Time: 6.30-7.30pm
Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, London W1
Price: £7/£4 (concession or Asia House Member)
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