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Commerce and Culture from Canton to Bombay

Commerce and Culture from Canton to Bombay

AsiaLens series
Opium City: The Making of Early Victorian Bombay by Dr. Amar Farooqui
"Opium City: The Making of Early Victorian Bombay" by Dr. Amar Farooqui.

Join us for a dialogue on the historical trade between India and China, while highlighting stories of the Parsis' contribution to building these trade routes. The discussion will consider the far-reaching impact of some of the earliest exchanges with our neighbours to the East, and trace the development of Bombay as a commercial hub by one of India’s primary and most illustrious business communities. Our speakers will share historical and cultural perspectives on economic ties, while revealing important aspects of the past and future along the way.

Dr. Amar Farooqui is a Professor of History at the University of Delhi. His area of specialisation is the history of modern India, and his research interests include urban history and the role of narcotics in the colonial era. Dr. Farooqui has been a Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, and has held the position of Member-Secretary, Indian Council of Historical Research. His publications include Opium City: The Making of Early Victorian Bombay; Smuggling as Subversion; Sindias and the Raj and he has recently published a book on the history of early 19th-century Delhi, Zafar and the Raj.

This programme is focused around the NGMA Mumbai exhibition Across Oceans and Flowing Silk: From Canton to Bombay 18th–20th Centuries and is in partnership with:

This programme is part of our AsiaLens series, which presents an array of perspectives on the visual and performing arts of modern Asia, offering a vibrant and nuanced view across the continent. Previous events under this series include a behind-the-scenes tour of the CSMVS Conservation Centre with Anupam Sah and a lecture with Dr. Sugata Bose on the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore.

Event Details

7 January 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm

National Gallery of Modern Art Auditorium, Mumbai

Priority for Asia Society Members. RSVP required to: [email protected]