Lectures & Events

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Please check the starting times for lectures and events as they do vary. There is no charge for our regular lectures, and because of Covid, all lectures are being held on Zoom. Podcast recordings of most lectures can be found here and we are in the process of setting up videos of the lectures on Youtube.

RAS Collections Evening

November 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We are pleased to be able to hold our first online Collections Evening, after the original event was postponed earlier this year. As with similar occasions in the past, the evening will feature a series of short talks, providing a rare opportunity to hear in detail about work that has been done to conserve, catalogue, and understand treasures from the Society’s historic collections.

We are delighted to welcome three speakers to discuss their experiences working with RAS collections:

  • Rebekah Harbord will talk about the conservation of fragile Indo-Persian miniature paintings of Laylá and Majnūn, believed to date from the mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century
  • Arantza Dobbels will discuss the conservation of several maps, drawn by Indian artists in the 1830s, depicting the sacred island of Sivasamudram and the bridge over the Kaveri river
  • Sonetra Seng will describe her work cataloguing and arranging photographs and other materials from the Society’s H.G. Quaritch Wales collections, which document Hindu and Buddhist antiquities from South East Asia

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable and stimulating occasion.

If you would like to attend, please contact Matty Bradley by e-mail:  mb@royalasiaticsociety.org and the Zoom link and password will be provided. Please note the number of attendees is limited so early registration is advised. Please register by the 23rd November.

Uday S. Kulkarni Book Launch
December 1 @ 2:00 pm 

VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH

Of  Uday S. Kulkarni’s

The Extraordinary Epoch of Nanasaheb Peshwa

1st December 2020 at 2pm (UK time) / 7.30pm (Indian time)

If you would like to attend, please contact Matty Bradley by e-mail:  mb@royalasiaticsociety.org and the Zoom link and password will be provided. Please note the number of attendees is limited so early registration is advised. Please register by the 30th November

The mid-eighteenth century began with the Marathas as the paramount power in India, and in the next two decades, they rose in power and prestige. In the Carnatic, Bengal, Rajputana, Malwa, Bundelkhand they were supreme, and in Delhi, the Marathas ruled while the Mughal king reigned. In this period when Nanasaheb Peshwa was at the helm, the Maratha power reached its zenith. But that was not the entire story. The events of the mid-eighteenth century are pivotal, and determined the course of the next five decades. The rise of the Europeans in the south and the east added a new dimension, so that this epoch eventually emerged as the crossroad of Indian history. This book narrates that engrossing story. The book is published in hardcover, with over 40 colour pictures on art plates and 27 maps and illustrations. The 500-page book is copiously annotated with over a thousand references and has a bibliography and a glossary along with an introduction to principal characters and important genealogies.

Uday S. Kulkarni has written six historical nonfiction books on 18th Century India. An alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune and a surgeon by profession, Kulkarni served in the Indian Navy retiring in the rank of Surgeon Commander.

Fuschia Hart Lecture
8th December 2020 at 6.30pm