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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Opening Lecture: Johan Zoffany: A Question of National Identity

Martin Postle, Assistant Director for Academic Activities, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
Film: The River (1951)

Directed by Jean Renoir (not rated; 99 minutes). A beautiful coming-of-age story about three young girls growing up in Bengal and their love for an American soldier. Sponsored jointly by the Yale Film Study Center (courtesy of Paul L. Joskow) and the Yale Center for British Art.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Film: The Music Room (1959)

Directed by Satyajit Ray (not rated; 100 minutes, subtitled). Based on a novel by Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, this film is a detailed dramatic study of the deteriorating life of an old country nobleman unable to adjust to the modern world around him. The film features excellent footage of Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental music, as well as classical dance.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Film: Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

Directed by K. Asif (not rated; 173 minutes, subtitled). Set in the sixteenth century, this is the story of the Mughal prince Saleem who falls in love with a beautiful court dancer, but things take a turn when the prince’s father, the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, objects to their love, leading to a war between the prince and his father that threatens the empire.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Galleries
Book Talks: Contemporary Indian Literature

Mark Schenker, Associate Dean of Yale College, will lead book discussions on modern India on this date and on February 1, 2012. No registration required, and the program is free.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Indian Music Workshop: The Darbari Ensemble

This renowned ensemble will demonstrate the various sounds of their instruments, the sitar, sarangi, bansuri, and tabla, while discussing them within the history of Indian classical music. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Lecture and Performance: Zoffany's Musical Friends

Nicholas McGegan, internationally renowned baroque music specialist and conductor, will discuss music during Zoffany’s time and conduct vocalists from the Institute of Sacred Music. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Concert: The Darbari Ensemble

Indian classical music performed in an ensemble style. Instrumentalists include Allyn Miner on the sitar, Ramesh Misra on the sarangi, Steve Gorn on the bansuri, and Samir Chatterjee on the tabla.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Film: Throw of the Dice (1929)

Directed by Franz Osten (not rated; 75 minutes, silent). In this lavish silent film, inspired by the Sanskrit epic poem The Mahabharata, two kings compete for the attention of a beautiful woman while sharing a passion for gambling. This beautifully restored film is a masterpiece of the late silent period and takes the viewer on a cinematic sojourn through India.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Film: Taj Mahal (1963)

Directed by M. Sadiq (not rated; 170 minutes, subtitled). Based on the historical legend of Emperor Shahjehan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal as a symbol of eternal love for his beloved wife Empress Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that the construction of this beautiful monument took over fifteen years and thousands of workmen, artisans, and craftsmen to build.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Third Floor
Art in Context: Zoffany’s Passage through India: Art, Power, and Pleasure in Calcutta and Lucknow, 1783–89

Gillian Forrester, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Yale Center for British Art

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Second Floor
Art in Context: Paint, Space, and Identity in British India: Tilly Kettle'€™s "€œDancing Girl"

Mark Aronson, Chief Conservator of Paintings at the Center; Gillian Forrester, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Center; Sylvia Houghteling, PhD candidate in the History of Art, Yale University; and Holly Shaffer, Graduate Research Assistant at the Center and PhD candidate in the History of Art, Yale University

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Yale University Art Gallery, Robert L. McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall, 1111 Chapel Street
Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture: The Production and Reproduction of a Monument: The Sanchi Stupa in Colonial and Postcolonial India

Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Professor in History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta will speak on “The Production and Reproduction of a Monument: The Sanchi Stupa in Colonial and Postcolonial India.” Established to honor the memory of Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1957 to 1971, the annual Ritchie Lectures, are jointly sponsored by the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Galleries
Art in Context: Approaching Archaeology through the Artist's Eyes: The Monuments Beyond the Representational Frame

Tamara Sears, Assistant Professor in the History of Art, Yale University

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Film: The Chess Players (1977)

Directed by Satyajit Ray (not rated; 129 minutes, subtitled). As the British make plans to take over one of the last independent kingdoms in India, two eccentric noblemen play chess day and night, ready with loaded pistols to oppose the British if necessary.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Yale Center for British Art, Galleries
Book Talks: Contemporary Indian Literature

Mark Schenker, Associate Dean of Yale College, will lead a book discussion on modern India. No registration required, and the program is free.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Yale Center for British Art, Third Floor
Art in Context: Painting the “Idols” of Park Street: Johann Zoffany’s Portrait of Charles Townley and His Library

Jonathan Yarker, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Scholar, Yale Center for British Art