Indian Summer events programme

Events & Activities

May – September 2009

Evening lectures and lates


Poetry evening

Friday 12 June, 18.45–20.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members and concessions £3

A celebration of Indian poetry chosen by poet Ketaki Kushari Dyson to illustrate the range of language, experience and imagery, including pieces by the famous Bengali poet Tagore. Poems in English and in different Indian languages, including Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and Gujarati, will be interspersed with Indian music.

Indian Late

Friday 17 July, 18.30–21.00
Great Court and galleries
Admission free, just drop in

A summer evening of live Indian music and dance. Concert and informal music in the galleries combine with Indian food tasting from across the regions.

Evening lectures
£5, concessions £3

Yogic visions and real
world politics

Thursday 28 May, 18.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

Dr Debra Diamond, Smithsonian Institution, examines the startling shift in style and subject which occurred when Man Singh became a devotee of the Nath yoga order in the early 19th century.

Rajas and ragas: court painting in Rajasthan

Thursday 25 June, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre

Rosemary Crill, V&A, explores the main schools of painting, including Jodhpur, discussing the development of subject matter and style in these vibrant works of art.

Sacred landscapes in
Indian tradition

Thursday 18 June, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre

Dr Anna Dallapiccola, SOAS, explores some of the settings in southern India reputed to be the background of divine and heroic feats.


India: landscape and culture

Thursday 9 July, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre

From prehistoric rock paintings to Mughal miniatures, Michael Wood, broadcaster, author and historian, looks at some aspects of the role of the landscape in Indian culture and belief, with special reference to the continuing tradition of Indian pilgrimage.

The roots of Indian

Thursday 10 September, 18.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, Cambridge University and British Museum Trustee, has published widely on Indian, British Imperial and global history. In this lecture he examines the roots of democracy in India.

The lure of the forest in
Indian culture

Thursday 24 September, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre

Curator of Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur Richard Blurton, British Museum, discusses concepts of asceticism and eroticism in relationship to the Indian forest.