East India Company trade with the East Indies

Until 4 November 2017, the Library of Birmingham is hosting the exhibition Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage. Created in partnership with the British Library, the exhibition explores the 400 year relationship between Britain and South Asia by means of some items relating to the East India Company’s trading activities with the East Indies.


Shankar Mahadevan’s Krishna

Shankar Mahadevan, the renowned classical and Bollywood singer, is going to give his first UK performance of a musical celebration of Lord Krishna. The event will take place in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, London, on the 16th of September 2017.

Miss Jenny the cheetah visits England

Miss Jenny the cheeta was one among a collection of animals that were brought to England in 1764. In collaboration with the British Library, the Library of Birmingham is hosting the exhibiton Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage, exploring the transcultural interconnections between Britain and India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1600 to the present day. In a family-friendly exhibition, both children and adults can learn more about Miss Jenny the cheetah and other links between British and Asian cultures.


East India Company, Malabar gold, and Shakespeare

On Monday, 4 Sep 2017, 17:30 – 19:00, the British Library will be hosting a talk that traces the journey of Shakespeare’s play Pericles, Prince of Tyre to South India’s Malabar Coast. With the help of several British Library collection items, the talk will explore the connections between the East India Company’s import of Shakespear’s work and the export of spice from today’s Kerala state. Admission is free.

And the German Star of India 2017 goes to…

Haobam Paban Kumar’s Loktak Lairembee – Lady of the Lake has won the ‘German Star of India’ (best feature). The jury said that, “the team of film makers carve out a subtle, poetic and even hypnotic way into a world between dream and reality, where issues such as expulsion, human rights and conflicts that arise in our home, our world and our environment are portrayed in this film with great integrity and honesty.”

Other winners of the ‘German Star of India’ include Cinema Travelers by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya as best documentary, and Azaad by Rahul V. Chittella as best short.


Fòcas India

Fòcas India provides emerging photographers from India and Scotland with a professional platform for international exchange, exhibition and training, giving them the opportunity to explore concepts such as place, identity and culture. The creative output of this collaborative work will be inaugurated with an exhibition on 31 August at Trongate 103 with Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and will continue to tour through Scotland and India.