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The first Archival Political World Cartoon Exhibition in South Asia.
‘John Bull to Mother India: A Historic Journey towards Self Determination’
Date: 23-25th Sept 2002
Venue: Visual Art Gallery. India Habitat Centre.
Lodhi Road. New Delhi
An Archival Exhibition: Depicting the wave of Swaraj (Self-Rule) through
contemporary cartoons, journals, posters, magazines, newspapers.
Swaraj mein Pragyaraj : The Role of Allahabad in Indian Freedom Movement.
Date: 22-26th Feb 2004.
Venue: Habiart Gallery. India Habitat Center. New Delhi
About Exhibition that was held during 2006:
Much has been written about the Revolt but what the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru rightly pointed out in The Discovery of India holds true even today –‘ What the Indians think about it seldom finds its way to the printed pages’. The Indian printed version in 1857 was proscribed. As a result of hard research, the exhibition, for the very first time attempts to touch upon ‘the Indian version of 1857’ that differs from the 'indian mutiny'.
A large part of the best international political cartooning does not arouse a mere ‘laughter’. Anyone who glances at them can immediately understand the complexity of the political situation in a way that thousand words cannot convey. They preserve the significant moments of history those otherwise would go unnoticed. But do all cartoons narrate the same version of Revolt of 1857? Or their difference promises to reveal an untold story?
The exhibition unraveled how the West & India remembered the Revolt of 1857. Was there any fundamental variation in their representation, especially when the Indian version was either destroyed or proscribed? Here the Indian oral tradition comes to rescue of ‘silent memory of 1857’. The exhibition re-conceptualizes the Great Revolt of 1857 by its visual treatment that draws upon various forms including
1857 through the Eyes of World Cartoonists including archival cartoons from Britain, India, United States, Germany, France.
1857 in Oral tradition by showcasing various visual forms of unwritten history.
Extracts from rare world wide journals.
Etchings and many more.
It was a fantastic voyage through visual history, both compelling and repulsive in the exploration of how memory has been organized & visually depicted across nations. .
Brochure and two booklets were released durng the exhibition and blessings were received from the President of India, Prime Minister of India, Governors of State, Former Prime Minister of India.
A Four-day workshop for schoolchildren (privileged and underprivileged) accompanied the exhibition to educate the younger generation about History through most interesting media of all time- ‘cartoons’. This effort was highly appreciated by the younger generation and also from people of all ages. The exhibition received high appreciation and excellent coverage from all leading TV channels and newspapers.
In ‘toon’ with history: ..such gems of information were collected by DU professor Dr. Pramila Sharma, who curatored exhibition of political cartoons from the period 1877-1947…… (Pioneer. 27/9/2002)
Political cartoons are fossils of history ..This is perhaps the first time that political cartoons from all around the world, published during the British Raj on this theme will be exhibited in Delhi… (Indian Express. 25/9/2002)
Dr. L.M Singhvi. Member of Parliament & former Indian Ambassador to U.K
What a unique historical documentation of India’s Freedom Struggle in the midst of pride and prejudice, colonial oppression and exploitation. The Exhibition makes me proud of your achievement Dr. Sharma.
Madam Nethalie Trouveroy. Wife of Belgium Ambassador to India
History is expressed here in the strongest, most direct way….and what a fantastic achievement is to have assembled such a collection!
Ms. A. F. Ron. Embassy of Italy
..A quite amazing collection of political cartoons, many of which are masterworks!
Ms. C. Aurbay. Cultural Attaché. Embassy of Switzerland
Very nice exhibition, we learned a lot about the history of Indian Independence.
Mani Puri. Student XII-A, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya.
It was really nice experience looking at these rare cartoons. It brought our history books alive and made the history of India humorous. Wonderful collection!
Kirti Sharma. Student XIII Ryan International School
This exhibition and workshop should take place countrywide.
Nirjhara Rastogi. Student. Mass Communication. Ist Year. I.P College.
It shows, cartoons speak louder than plain words. Now I’ve got work to do, books to read and some reconsiderations to do. Thanks for the feast!
Ms.Chitra Srinivas. Sr. History Teacher. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya
It is one of the most fascinating exhibitions I have seen. What is interesting is not just the cartoons per se but the research that has gone behind each. It shows that cartoons can make the past so lively and fun.
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Celebrating the beginning of 150th year of 1857:
Inaugurated by: Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dixit
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