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Drawing the Bombay Plague



This event will be speech to text transcribed.

Thursday 16 November 2017


Join an artist and a historian for a conversation about historical narratives surrounding plague outbreaks, from individual experiences to interventions by authorities. How are these narratives relevant to health issues in India today? 

This event is inspired by artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s new commission for the ‘Ayurvedic Man’ exhibition, for which he has drawn upon archival material from the Wellcome Library and Hindi Punch images, accessed from the Asiatic Library in Mumbai, to explore the 1896 Bombay plague epidemic.

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s residency at Gasworks is supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.


  • Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, artist
  • Prashant Kidambi, colonial urban historian, University of Leicester
  • Meenakshi Gautham, IDEAS India Country Coordinator and Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Meenakshi will no longer be speaking at the event.


João Rangel de Almeida, Medical Humanities and Social Sciences Portfolio Development Manager, Wellcome

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 27 October.

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(Image credit: ‘Whither go? Whither fly?’, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar 2017)