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Again Jerry Losty has given us valuable and interesting information. In this case, it parallels the 2011 Yale exhibition “Adapting the Eye: An Archive of the British in India, 1770-1830” by Holly Shaffer. She focused on works by Gangaram and his role as a religious and cultural interpreter for e painters like James Wales. S Gangaram influenced Thomas Daniels’ Ellora cave temple paintings.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BL FOR ACQUIRING YET ANOTHER IMPORTANT PICTURE OF IKHLAS KHAN . If you have interest in him and other African elites in India, please join me this week in Boston at the Musueum for African American History. It's a Party for the Africans in India Exhibit Thursday | June 19, 2014 | 6:00pm 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill | BostonFree and open to the public | Donations welcome Here is the invitation from the MAAH: "Come and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India as you view Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, the exhibit that is challenging the way we think of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Exotic aromas and authentic flavors of India of One World Cuisine will whet your palate. Learn about what makes the ethnography of music in India similar to African instruments. Kenneth Robbins will share how he and his wife Joyce acquired an impressive collection of objects from the 15th through the 20th centuries, including coins, photographs, playing cards, and toys.The exhibit allows the Museum to continue the ongoing discussion of freedom rising, while we explore the history of enslavement, migration, and diverse cultural legacies of Africans in the Indian Ocean World. Highlights include pictorial panels from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, detailed maps of the world's slave trade routes, and unique artifacts dating back to the 1400s. | 617.725.0022 x22"
Another thorough and more informative essay by Jerry Losty. Why has there not been a show devoted to Jivan Ram and/or Begum Samru? The Begum is one of the most interesting actors in early 19th century India. Even if an exhibit of the Begum just focused on her European mercenaries and her own Catholic interests, there is so much to tell. Then there is the political impact of her rule at Sardhana.
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