A season of exhibitions and events celebrating India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics is underway at London’s Science Museum.
Over the next six months the South Kensington venue will host an eclectic programme that includes talks, film screenings, photography exhibitions, Q&A sessions and live performances.
Designed to commemorate 70 years of Independence and coincide with the British Council’s UK-India Year of Culture, the season centres around two free exhibitions.
The first, 5000 Years of Science and Innovation, is described as “a kaleidoscopic history of scientific breakthroughs in India” and explores India’s influential contributions to subjects as diverse as space exploration, mathematics, communication and engineering. Photography 1857–2017, the second major exhibition at the heart of Illuminating India, focuses on technological and cultural development in the country. It is the first exhibition to survey photography in India from its beginnings to the present day.
The varied programme of events also includes an Indian tea blending workshop, a question and answer session with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, and a talk from Moumita Dutta – project manager for the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Mars Orbiter mission.
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, experts in the 2000-year-old Odissi style of classical dance, will give two performances at the end of next month. Mercury Prize-winning composer, producer and tabla player Talvin Singh OBE is also due to give a live performance during the season. At the start of February, a group of leading experts on Indian science, innovation and technology will take to the stage at the Science Museum for a series of discussions.
Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, said: “India’s history and culture are built on a rich tradition of scientific thought and innovation. The stories we will be showcasing through this vibrant season not only shaped India but had global significance.
“By taking a global perspective on the development of science, technology and photography, we hope to engage new audiences and strengthen international relationships between British and Indian scholars and cultural institutions.”
Illuminating India is presented in partnership with the Bagri Foundation, with support from The Helen Hamlyn Trust and The John S Cohen Foundation. The events season runs from October 4 to March 19 at the Science Museum on Exhibition Road, South Kensington.