Pan-Asianism and East-West Politics in the Bengal School of Art

Date:     Thursday, May - 31, 2018
Time:    6.30 pm
Location:   450 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto

SACHI Is Pleased To Invite You To An Illustrated Talk With Dr. Debashish Banerji, Chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

The Bengal School of Art was founded by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) and his students at the start of the 20th century in Calcutta. Its early expression emerged in the British administered institution of the Govt. Art College, Calcutta (now Kolkata). The latter traditionally trained artists in techniques of western art. In contrast, the Bengal School artists expressed a distinct “Indianness”, as they merged with the cultural politics of the Bengal renaissance and the nationalist ‘Swadeshi’ movement. What is often overlooked is its strong investment in the continental solidarity of a Pan Asianism, seen as a cultural response to colonial expansion. This talk will look at the themes, methods and ideas of some of the principal artists of the Bengal School in exploring this inclusive and dialogic dimension of their nationalism.

Free Admission, Limited Seating

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