Exhibition to look back on Calcutta composite history

first_imgKolkata: The Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) in collaboration with Jadavpur University and University of Liverpool is hosting a unique exhibition to depict Calcutta’s composite history.The exhibition titled “Calcutta Collages: Interactions with the city through collective initiatives” will be inaugurated on July 8 and will continue for at least a month. “In the past four to five years, there have been a number of varied research projects based on Calcutta. Jadavpur University has been a common element in these researches in collaboration with a number of foreign universities and educational institutions. A handful of these projects have earlier been launched in VMH. The current thematic partnership between JU and University of Liverpool which has spawned Calcutta Collages, is called — Sustainable Heritage and Policy in Kolkata. It documents and showcases heritage activism in Kolkata through art and community interaction will be the main focus of the exhibition,” said Jayanta Sengupta, curator and secretary of VMH. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersProfessor Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, who is also an eminent historian is expected to inaugurate the exhibition at Prince Hall. According to the VMH curator the exhibition with 22 panel documents will have three broad segments— the city as a colonial construct represented through visual documentations of colonial spaces through photographs sourced from the British Library, London as well as contemporary research efforts to chart transformations, the city as a space of co existence and refuge as seen from the efforts of heritage restoration groups in panels pertaining to the Mess Baris, Jewish Calcutta and Scottish Cemetery and finally the city as the locus of progress and philanthropy epitomized by Mutty Lall Seal, an entrepreneur and philanthropist of nineteenth century Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaElaborating on the ‘Messbari Project’ , Sengupta said that young scholars from city universities like Presidency and Jadavpur have documented this. Eminent author Shibram Chakraborty had spent his entire life in old buildings housing messes , poet Jibanananda Das also spent many years of his life in a mess house. Calcutta which is now Kolkata has stories that can be told and relived in myriad ways. “The city’s distinctive colonial heritage is glimpsed through its buildings. Its people and their paras have their own history. The exhibition – a collage of lived experiences and recollections is poised to be a visual treat for the city,” Sengupta added.last_img read more

UN chief encourages consolidation of democracy in Nigeria ahead of elections

Nigerians will tomorrow begin three successive weekends of nationwide elections when they will cast ballots for a new house of representatives and the senate, a national president and state assemblies and governors. The elections are Nigeria’s fourth since the restoration of constitutional rule in 1999. Mr. Ban noted that bold electoral reforms have been undertaken in Nigeria, including significant investments in a new voter registry and other measures designed to promote credible and transparent elections. “The Secretary-General calls on Nigeria’s authorities to uphold their commitment to violence-free elections and to a level playing field that enhances public trust in the electoral process,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. He encouraged the political parties to respect the electoral code of conduct they willingly adopted, and to uphold their commitment to tolerance, inclusiveness and peace during the electoral process. Mr. Ban stressed that the successful conduct of the elections will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, advance its socio-economic development, and enable the country to continue to play its leading role in the promotion of regional peace, security and economic integration. 1 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the progress achieved by Nigeria in consolidating democracy and expressed hope that the forthcoming elections will meet the high expectations of the people of the West African country and the international community. read more