Ganga: The Living Pulse of Indian History

  • 19 Aug
    2019

    Indian Aesthetics

    Sudipta Sen

Ganga: The Living Pulse of Indian History

Image : Gulls at Benares, photograph by Debal Sen

Rising in the Himalayas and flowing into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganga is India’s most important and sacred river. Across the centuries it has sustained settlers, merchants, pilgrims, peasants and rulers, occupying a center-stage in the history and culture of the subcontinent. This talk is based on a book that chronicles how both faith and material concerns have shaped the identity and ecology of the river – aspects of which are still with us today.

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August 19, 2019

Timing: 6:30

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Sudipta Sen

Sudipta Sen

Sudipta Sen, is Professor of History and Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, University of California, Davis. Sen has taught at Beloit College, University of California, Berkeley, and Syracuse University. He is the author of Empire of Free Trade: The English East India Company and the Making of the Colonial Marketplace (1998) and Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British India (2002). A former Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research fellow and Senior Fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities, he won the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for research and teaching at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.