An Indo-Dutch his­tory jam


We have heard of his­tory sem­i­nars, where aca­demi­cians take the dais to re­flect on im­por­tant events of the past. But a con­cert-sem­i­nar is not a term we come by of­ten. That’s how a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mu­seum and the Con­sulate Gen­eral of the King­dom of The Nether­lands, on the theme of Indo-Dutch cul­tural her­itage, has been planned. To be held in Novem­ber end, it will fea­ture a jam ses­sion be­tween his­to­ri­ans, Dr An­jana Singh and Bauke van der Pol, and Dutch mu­si­cian David van Ooi­jen, who will recre­ate the early 17th-cen­tury era with mu­sic by em­ploy­ees and sailors of the Dutch United East In­dia Com­pany on the lute. Also on dis­play will be one of the old­est books from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, called the Dutch Pres­ence in the Sub­con­ti­nent (1672). It con­tains sketches and sea views (in pic) of the Bom­bay Fort in its open­ing pages.

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