HISTORY – SOCIETY

ORIENTATION FOR URBAN HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECT

9th August, 2019

‘Legacy’ – The History Society of Kirori Mal College conducted an orientation for its Urban History Research Project. This ongoing project aims at reconstructing the history of an urban village neighbourhood – Chandrawal.

The students involved in this project introduced their work to everyone while focusing on the importance of such projects. They talked about the importance of Oral sources and the methods they used for collecting the same. This was followed by a Question and Answer session where they clarified all the doubts the audience had.

At last, the members of this project urged others to join them in exploring the rich history of the place. Dr. Shahana Bhattacharya concluded the event by thanking everyone and urging more people to join this new endeavour.

DELHI TRIP

20th August, 2019 

‘Legacy’- The History Society of Kirori Mal College, Delhi University organized a field trip to the Parliament of India and the National Museum on 20th august 2019.The purpose of the visit was to enhance knowledge about the past and improve awareness related to the proceedings which take place in the parliament.

The parliament of India has one of the most beautiful edifices. Located at the end of Sansad Marg it was designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. This iconic building was inaugurated in 1927 by Lord Irwin, then Governor General of India.The place is grand with its broad corridor running around the building and verses written in a few places.

The students visited the Rajya Sabha (The Upper House), the Lok Sabha (The Lower House) and the Central Hall. The Central Hall is considered to be a very important part of the parliament since it’s the place where the Indian constitution was drafted. At present, the Central House is used for holding joint sittings of both the houses of the parliament.The students were amazed when they saw the statues and portraits of the eminent personalities who devoted their lives for the country. The next visit was to the National museum which is one of the largest museums in India. It’s a great structure which houses the remains from the past used to reconstruct history. The students learnt about Ancient India and its sources.

To conclude, it was a very successful trip. It gave a chance to the students to broaden their horizons by adding more to their experiences.

INTERCTIVE SESSION WITH THE FRESHERS'

3rd September, 2019

‘Legacy’ – The History Society hosted an interactive session with the Freshers for the year on the 3rd of September. Everyone got to know each other as the Freshers introduced themselves to their seniors and teachers. The department welcomed the term’s freshers with an ice-breaking session and loads of fun games and memories.

AUTUMN SPORTS MEET

26th and 27th September 2019

‘Legacy’ – The History Society hosted its Autumn Sports Meet on 26th and 27th of September, 2019. This included the Cricket Championship and the Basketball Tournament.

Cricket Championship

On 26th September, two matches were held. The first match was between 1st and 2nd year teams in which the 1st year team was victorious. The second match was held between 2nd and 3rd year teams in which the 3rd year team won.

 

Next day i.e. 27th September, the final match was held between 1st year and 3rd year teams. It was a very intense match as the 1st year team was at par with the 3rd year team. Both the teams gave their best and finally, the 3rd year team won.

The students of all the three years participated and cheered for their teams. It promoted the feeling of togetherness and definitely boosted interaction among students.

Basketball Tournament

 

In the second half of 26th September, the Basketball Tournament was held. Matches were held between 1st and 3rd year teams as the 2nd year team could not show up due to unavoidable circumstances. Showing inexplicable team spirit, coordination and their efficiency as players, the 1st year team won the title of ‘Basketball Champion’ for the academic session 2019-20.

A TRIP TO AURANGABAD

9th January, 2020 – 14th January, 2020

‘Legacy’- The History Society of Kirori Mal College, Delhi University organized its Annual Trip to heritage sites in and around Aurangabad from 9th to 14th of January 2020.The purpose of the visit was to enhance knowledge about these heritage sites which included the Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves and Bibi ka Maqbara.

 

The students, along with some of the teachers of the History department, boarded the train for Aurangabad on 9th January. On the journey, the students interacted with each other, as well as with the teachers. The group reached the destination the next day. The group visited some local sites on 10th January which included the Sonehri Mahal, Panchakki and Bibi ka Maqbara. The teachers accompanying the group told some pretty interesting historical facts about the architecture of Bibi Ka Maqbara.

They talked about its importance and how it’s different from the famous Taj Mahal.

On 11th January, the group visited the Ajanta Caves.The Ajanta Caves are a group of rock-cut Buddhist caves. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The teachers talked about the paintings and sculptures of Ajanta. They explained the meaning behind the sculptures and how it represented a particular period. Everyone was mesmerised by the aesthetic beauty of the site. In the evening, a small student-teacher interactive session was held, where everyone sang and laughed together.

On the next day, 12th of January, the group visited the Ellora Caves. It is a group of 34 monasteries and temples dug side by side and ranges over an area of 2 km. It features Jain, Buddhist and Hindu monuments dating from 600-1000 CE period. Yet again, the teachers shared their knowledge of this heritage site. The group also visited the Daulatabad Fort on the 12th of January. The fort was built in the 12th century and was the capital of the Delhi Sultanate for a brief period of time. The group climbed to the top of the fort and experienced the beauty and grandeur of the fort. After the group photo, it was time for everyone to head back to the hotel.

 

The group boarded the train the next day. The teachers thanked as well as congratulated everyone for organising such a wonderful and successful trip, as everyone safely returned back to Delhi. It was an emotional moment for everyone, and would always be a memorable part of their lives.

LECTURE ON ‘GANDHI: AN IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITY’

( LECTURE SERIES – 1 )

24th January, 2020

Legacy – The History Society of Kirori Mal College conducted a lecture event namely Gandhi: an Impossible Possibility on 24th January, 2020 in the Academic Auditorium (Kirori Mal College, DU), which was graced by Contemporary historian and author Prof. Sudhir Chandra. The premise of the lecture was rooted to the book Gandhi: An Impossible Possibility (New Delhi: Routledge, 2018. 152 p.) authored by Prof. Chandra himself.

Currently , the deemed speaker has been primarily engaged in understanding the nature of modern Indian social consciousness as it began to shape as a consequence of colonial intervention. Students welcomed the speaker by a melodious group song performance and an introductory address by the event moderators, Ishita Roy and Yarzuq Bilal. Prof. Chandra initiated the address by describing his process of discovering Gandhi and the relevance of his ideas in today’s age and time. In reminiscence, he recalls his ignorance about the nuanced spectrum of Gandhi’s approach to claim Indian independence from the colonial shackles. Non violence and self dependence were the most important and revered traits of Gandhi which he propagated throughout his lifetime. But, as Prof. Chandra underlined, the horrendous violence and bloodshed which had taken place under the banner of partition came out as an utter shock to Gandhi and led him to ponder if it was really the idea of non violence at play or a hideous “Passive Resistance”. And the historic Radcliff audacity simply offered a vent for the “revenge of the repressed”. Speaking of relevance, Prof. Chandra highlighted the timelessness of Gandhi’s vision. While, leading to speak of ever increasing violence not only against the human race but also against nature, he qualifies possibility over relevance by positing the ability of people of a nation to look through and create possibilities for a larger discourse. In the latter part of the lecture Prof. Chandra did mention the classic Hind Swaraj written by Gandhi in the year 1909. He eloquently describes it as an ‘evolving text’ and it keeps on becoming relevant every passing day. He also focused attention on the dialogue between Gandhi and Nehru (1945) and their differentiating discourses of ‘New India”. For Prof. Chandra, the hard times we live in demands to create possibilities to make impossible, a possibility. He concluded with a view that the world was never ready for someone like Gandhi ever before, as it is now. The lecture session did turn out as an academically rich experience, followed by an interactive question-answer session.

 

Dr. Shahana Bhattacharya presented the vote of thanks and Tejas Mishra (President, Legacy) greeted him with a beautiful handmade appreciation card and bid adieu with a token of appreciation.

WINTER SPORTS MEET

Volleyball Tournament

27th January, 2020

After successfully conducting the Autumn Sports Meet, Legacy organised the Winter Sports Meet in which Intra-Department Volleyball was held. The first match was held between the 1st and 2nd year teams in which the 1st year team emerged victorious. The next match was played by the 2nd year and 3rd year teams, which was won by the 3rd year team.

 

The final match was held between the 1st and 3rd year teams. Both the teams tried their level best but showcasing exemplary skills and their efficiency as a team, the 1st year team came out with flying colours and snatched away the title of ‘Volleyball Champion’ from the 3rd year team.

LECTURE ON ‘SUGAR AND SPICE & ALL THINGS NICE? : COLONIALISM’S CULINARY ENCOUNTER’

( LECTURE SERIES – 2)

13th February, 2020

‘LEGACY’ – The History Society of Kirori Mal College hosted a talk on “Sugar And Spice And All Things Nice? : Colonialism’s Culinary Encounter” on 13th February with Dr. Saumya Gupta.

The session started off with her explaining the connection between food history and colonialism. It is remarkable as to how food history as a discipline has come about. From narrating the story of Potato to the invention of Garam Masala in the New World, her session was very intriguing to the audiences. She said that History of travel of food has not been an innocent history instead it has been linked to colonization, economic exploitation and slavery.

Dr. Saumya also explained to the students how the importance of sugar has transformed from being a luxury to a necessity. She also told them that Sugar was considered to be a cheap source of entertainment during the industrial revolution. Apart from this, she emphasised on food study in India in the latter part of the lecture. Social Anthropology, state policy and women and cuisines are a few of the enthralling topics elucidated in the session.

 

The lecture was followed by a brief question and answer round where the students enthusiastically interacted with the professor. Overall, the lecture was very informative and helped students broaden their knowledge.

PROFESSOR KM ASHRAF MEMORIAL LECTURE BY PROFESSOR SUNIL KUMAR

28th February, 2020

‘Legacy’- The History department of Kirori Mal College organised it’s Annual Professor KM Ashraf Memorial Lecture on the 28th of February of 2020. Professor Sunil Kumar, the keynote speaker for the event, delivered a lecture on “Reconstituting the Archive of Hazrat-i-Dehli: The Sultans, the Sufis and the Riverine plain of Delhi”.

The programme started with an address by the Principal of Kirori Mal College, Dr. Vibha Singh Chauhan followed by an introduction of Prof. Sunil Kumar by Dr. Ajeet Kumar.

Prof. Sunil Kumar then started with his lecture. He drew out the complicated politics of associations, forgetting and remembering, that became a part of the history of the Sultanate.

He focussed on some of the water bodies of the Sultanate- its seasonal streams, tanks and stepped wells (baolis) – to underline the careful investment made by different regimes into their planning and management.

 

At the end of the lecture, a vote of thanks was presented by Mr. Dheeraj Kumar and a token of thanks was given by Dr. Vandana Chaudhary.

LECTURE ON ‘Dr. B.R. AMBEDKAR AND STRUGGLES FOR EQUAL INDIA’

( LECTURE SERIES – 3 )

28th February, 2020

‘LEGACY’ – The History Society of Kirori Mal College conducted a lecture on “Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Struggles for Equal India” by Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai on 28th of February.

The programme started with an address by Dr. Vandana Chaudhary and Dr. Shahana Bhattacharya. Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai started his lecture by highlighting the presence of Ambedkar’s ideas in the recent acts of dissent. He talked about how Ambedkar is studied in a Nationalist paradigm. He also focussed on the background of Ambedkar and how it

contributed in creating an alternative discourse.

Dr. Ambedkar interacted with Black Rights Movement and witnessed the 2nd phase of Feminism in London. His concern was to create an alternative discourse within India and he thus started the Mahar Satyagraha. His main ideas were to throw off the present value system which lays down a structure of political exclusion and to create equal spaces, opportunities and access for everyone at all public spaces.

 

The lecture ended on a good note as the students thanked Dr. Rai for sharing his valuable thoughts on Ambedkar.

LECTURE ON ‘VISIBILISING MUSLIM WOMEN IN HISTORY: TAWAIFS AS LITERARY, CULTURAL AND POLITICAL SUBJECT’

( LECTURE SERIES – 4 )

28th February, 2020

‘LEGACY’ – The History Society of Kirori Mal College conducted a lecture on “Visibilising Muslim Women in History – Tawaif as Literary Cultural and Political Subject” by Dr. Lata Singh on 28th of February.

Dr. Lata Singh started the lecture by addressing the importance of the tawaifs in ancient history and how it has been overlooked by the people. Women have played an important role in the past nevertheless we erode women’s life in history. She accentuated on tawaifs who had a great role to play in poetry, music and various programmes. She also said that these women took up the highest position and were part of the advisory board. They were the first professional single working women of the era, and it’s our illiteracy to ignore them. She emphasised on tawaifs as an important part of the world of art and culture and how the history of kathak and hindustani music has been the history of the tawaifs. Dr. Lata Singh told the students how the tawaifs competed with the men in the Mushai’rah. These dignified women of the past such as Gohar Khan, act as an inspiration for today’s generation yet they are erased from history.

 

The lecture concluded with Dr. Lata Singh guiding the students towards the importance of re- writing the history and a question- answer session. Overall, it was an amusing and enthralling lecture which made sure to expand knowledge and broaden one’s perspective.

ATEET - ANNUAL CULTURAL FEST

5th & 6th March, 2020

‘LEGACY’ – The History Society of Kirori Mal College conducted its Annual cultural fest ATEET on 5th and 6th of March, 2020. Following the theme of “Cultural Syncretism”, the society hosted numerous events.

The event started off with a lecture delivered by Dr. Ajeet Kumar on “Oral Traditions and the Making of World Views of Maithilis”. He talked about how the cultural debates on pre-dominant societal norms could be found in folktales, folk songs, which could not be seen in written texts. He pointed out that these songs are sung on various occasions, like the birth of a child, head-shaving ceremony of the child, the bride leaving her parents’ home and so on. Dr. Kumar said that these songs were sung by women and they had a separate place for this. He focussed on the position of women in the society and their representation in folk songs. He also emphasised on the importance of folk songs in highlighting the significance of festivals like Chhath Puja, which is not referred to in text sources.

Dr. Ajeet Kumar quoted Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’ as he concluded his lecture. Tejas Mishra (President, Legacy) presented a handmade card to Dr. Kumar as a token of thanks. 

Legacy also hosted a Mushaira’ah event in the evening on 5th March. The whole room was filled with an excited audience as this event unfolded.

On 6th March, due to unexpected weather conditions, Legacy had to cancel some of its events scheduled in the morning. However, the students did not lose hope and resumed with the events of the afternoon. The afternoon started with a musical performance by Hamir Singh, followed by a small Stand-Up act by Kevin Sam and Md. Anas. The whole room was filled with emotions and laughter. The fest concluded after a Slam Poetry event in which the students recited their poems. At last, the teachers congratulated all the students for their hard work in making the event successful.

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