National Archive’s 120th foundation day Friday

March 11th, 2011 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) The National Archives of India will celebrate its 120th Foundation Day Friday with a seminar titled ‘Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics: Revisiting Gandhi, Tagore and Iqbal’.

Set up in 1891 in Kolkata as the Imperial Records Department, the National Archives was transferred to the capital in 1911 and moved to its current premises in 1926.

A spokesperson for the National Archives of India said: “Though there has been innumerable research on the three historic personalities, the seminar proposes to review these three iconic figures of south Asia who carved out spaces for themselves in poetry and philosophy.”

Understanding them in their context and analysing the sources of their philosophical inspiration and reflecting on their reception in South Asia, the conference will look at themes like “religion, aesthetics and post colonialism with special reference to Tagore and Iqbal”, “Processes of canonization in post-colonial India: nations, poets and politics of heritage”, “South Asian modernity and its limits: Tagore, Gandhi and Iqbal”, “The idea of reconstruction: National education and Rural Development”, and “Partition and its legacy”.

As part of the foundation day celebrations, the National Archives will also hold an exhibition on the Dandi March, based on original documents and photographs, from March 11-18.

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