Department of History
Report of Activities
The Department of History has been involved with various academic and other activities like lecture series, seminar field trips and other student enrichment programmes. As part of its lecture series on2nd Feb-Prof. TKV Subramanian presented an interactive lecture on the topic ‘History Today’. Department annual meet took place on12th February ie one day history festival “Chrono 16”.The annual lecture was presented by Prof. AGK Menon,Convener of INTACH Delhi chapter on the topic,’Delhi being nominated as the UNESCO world heritage city’. Prof. Menon also releasedthedepartmentnewsletter “Chronicle.”The audio-visual lecture was followed by an interactive open session between the artist, poet& photo journalistPratyushPushkar (founder of Delhi Art Foundation) and the students. Inter collegeQuiz (Jashn-i-Dilli), Dastangoi, the story telling competition (on the theme monuments)and other competitive activities were organised in the second half of the annual meet. A number of colleges participated in it. One of the highlight of the competition was on line photography competition “Riwayat”.
In the month of Feb-March (29th Feb-28th March 2016) the dept. organised an interdisciplinary ‘Heritage Awareness Workshop’, in collaboration with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) for the students belonging to different disciplines. The workshop constituted of six sessions, commencing with a heritage walk to the Lodhi gardens, followed by a lecture of Dr. SwapnaLiddle on ‘Synthesis of Indo-Islamic architecture:Qutb Complex’. The third and the fourth sessions were dedicated to “Conservation” of material culture especially paintings. Mr. RK Gupta of National Museum, Delhi addressed students on the various aspects of conservation of paintings. The lecture was followed by practical demonstration of methods of painting conservation of stalwarts like Raja Ravi Verma. The fifth and the last session was on ‘Tangible and Intangible’ heritage where PadamshreeDr.SentellaYanger, Convener, INTACH enlightened students about itssignificance and preservation. Few documentaries on subjects like River Ganges, Tillajootis of Fazlika, etc.were alsoscreened. This was followed by a lecture of Prof. NarayaniGupta on ‘Modern Delhi.’ The participants thoroughly enjoyed this interactive session dedicated to their city.The last session was followed by valedictory and the chairman of INTACH Major General (Retd.) LK Gupta gave away certificates to the students on successful completion of the workshop.
In the month of March two feature films, Gladiator and Mother India were screened for the final year students of History. Students are encouraged to see historical sites. As part of this endeavour a heritage walk to Qutub Complex was also organised for the students pursuing the course Delhi: Medieval by Dr. ArchanaOjha.
On 31st March, Prof. R Mahalakshmi of JNU presented an audio-visual lecture on the topic ‘Independent Deity,Divine Consort:Iconography of the BrahmanicalGoddess in Early Medieval India’. A formal closing of the history society was organised on 12th April where the students of all three years were present along with the faculty members.
History annual meet and annual lecture