April 13, 2021
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Public History, South Asian History / Studies, British History / Studies
The Centre for Public History (CPH) at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology (SMI), Bengaluru (India) invites you to attend its second CPH@10 Public Talk on Tuesday, April 13, at 05:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) online. To attend the talk, you need only click on the link to the meeting on Zoom given below. No registration is required.
The CPH@10 Public Talks is a monthly online lecture series that has been instituted to celebrate ten years of CPH's existence. Established in 2011, CPH works on public history, community history and institutional history by creating archives and engaging with oral history practice and pedagogy in an Indian context. The series is thus dedicated to a range of topics around Public History.
CPH@10 Public Talk II
Ways of Remembering Jallianwala Bagh
Sarmistha Dutta Gupta
Independent Researcher and Feminist Activist
Kolkata, West Bengal (India)
Visual Artist and Pedagogue
Santiniketan, West Bengal (India)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 05:30 pm IST
(Meeting ID: 991 2109 6776)
Ways of Remembering Jallianwala Bagh and Rabindranath Tagore's Response to the Massacre was the name given to an installation exhibition that we created in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, in the 100th year of the massacre. We had intended to use the grand colonial mansion to engage critically with the colonial practice of museum display and to focus on the severest blot on British rule in India, highlighting forgotten aspects of imperial governance and oppression and people's responses to it. Rabindranath Tagore's less-known critique of the idea of a memorial at Jallianwala Bagh inspired us to think about what is remembered and what is forgotten when we think of Jallianwala Bagh today. This talk, interspersed with visual material, will be on the conceptual focus of the installation, curated in a public space to facilitate dialogues and exchanges on dormant components of history in relation to the present. It would also briefly try to show how different kinds of archives were brought together and new knowledge created through a presentation of the spatial organization of the installation.
Sarmistha Dutta Gupta is an independent researcher, bilingual writer, curator, book editor, literary translator, and feminist activist. She is deeply interested in gender and history, as well as the interface between memory, history and pedagogy. Sarmistha's published books include Identities and Histories. Women's Writing and Politics in Bengal (2010) and Biponno Somoy: Barnobad, Jatiyobad, Bak-Swadhinata o Ajker Bharat [Casteism, Nationalism and Freedom of Expression in India Today, co-edited with Trina Nileena Banerjee, 2016]. In the recent past, she conceptualized, researched and curated an installation exhibition called Ways of Remembering Jallianwala Bagh and Rabindranath Tagore’s Response to the Massacre in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial Hall and is now engaged in writing a book tentatively titled The Jallianwala Bagh Journals. Sarmistha is also the founder-secretary of a Kolkata-based organization called Ebong Alap that engages with critical pedagogy and gender-sensitive citizenship.
Sanchayan Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Painting at Kala Bhavan in Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, from where he holds a Masters of Fine Arts as well. Over the last twenty years, Sanchayan has been practising site-specific art as a workshop-based collective community dialogue, which has lead to numerous forms of public engagements. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Fellowship, UK in 2003-04 and has participated in the Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2012 as well as the Dacca Biennale in 2016. His collaborative sound project (work of art) Short Wave's Transit Tales was commissioned by Documenta14, the German international exhibition project, under its Radio project, and transmitted in eight countries on four continents. This piece has been shown in three exhibitions in Basel, Berlin, and Weimar. He has been also associated with different pedagogy projects at Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, the National School of Drama, New Delhi, the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art, New Delhi, and the Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.
Srijan Sandip Mandal, PhD
Centre for Public History
Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru
(A Constituent Unit of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal)