The History Association
The History Department and Association began its activities in the month of July with the screening of two films, Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’.
Both films, based on the India National Movement, provide a different perspective on the techniques employed by our freedom fighters in the struggle against the British Raj.
In August, the History Association students made a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sanghrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India).
Besides admiring the fantastic collection of art and crafts, Mughal Miniature paintings, sculpture etc., the students were able to observe the finer details of how a museum is arranged and managed.
In September, the SYBA students screened the film ‘Bridge on the River Quai’, while in December, the Christmas Quiz proved educational and entertaining.
This year the Department also introduced a Notice Board Quiz based on the Ganesh Festival which proved popular with the SY and FY students.
In January and February 2009, the Association arranged for Major (Retd.) L. Fonseca to speak to the students about the restoration of records and the early history of the East Indian community. The talk was followed by several demonstrations by INTAAC trained restorers who showed the students the deteriorated 200- year old baptism/marriage records of St. Andrew’s Church. They also demonstrated the entire restoration process. In February, the students also visited the Discovery of India Exhibition based on the series of books authored by J. Nehru.
Prof. Janine Coelho