Arts Society Lecturer

Imperial Calcutta and the Indian Renaissance

The Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Explore the origins and development of the nineteenth-century Indian Renaissance in theatre, architecture, literature, poetry and painting. We start with the arts and architecture of the vibrant city of Calcutta, the capital of British India. Then go on to explore the life and work of Calcutta’s most famous artist: the poet, writer, composer and painter Rabindranath Tagore.

John Stevens

John Stevens is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. He teaches British Imperial history, Indian history and Bengali language, and is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh. John publishes widely and his biography of Indian guru Keshab Chandra Sen – Keshab: Bengal’s Forgotten Prophet – was published in 2018. He appears regularly in the Indian media and was recently a guest on BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time, discussing the poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore.


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