Avid Learning in association with NGMA present, a discussion celebrating the contribution to nation building of various business and industrialist families of Bombay and their lasting legacy and influence on the cosmopolitan history of our city. Various families have steered and shaped the growth of the city and not just significant in economic contexts but also powerfully synonymous with the city's very fabric. These families had great influence on architecture, commerce, and social and civic development of the city. This discussion is part of our Multipolis Mumbai series, which decodes the past while looking to the future and finding novel ways of engaging, interacting with and reenergizing the city that we love!
Dinyar Patel is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses on Indian history and the British empire. He completed his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2015. He is the co-editor of two published volumes: From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi, with Mushirul Hasan (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers (Oxford University Press, 2016). At the moment, he is turning his dissertation into a biography of the early nationalist leader Dadabhai Naoroji.Read more
Murali Ranganathan researches the nineteenth century with a special focus on Bombay/Mumbai and western India. His current areas of interest include the Bombay Country Trade, industrial archaeology and history, print history and culture, photography, newspapers and periodicals, and public performance. His publications include Govind Narayan's Mumbai: an urban biography from 1863 (Anthem Press, 2008), which is a translation of the iconic Marathi urban biography Mumbaiche Varnan, supplemented by a biography of Govind Narayan, biographical sketches of Mumbai men and organizations of the nineteenth century, and extensive notes. He has edited and introduced the Collected works of J V Naik: reform and renaissance in nineteenth century Maharashtra (Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 2016).Read more
"Vikram Doctor is one of India’s most respected food writers, critics and commentators. A journalist with the Economic Times in Mumbai, Doctor has specialized in writing on food issues for the past 12 years. He also has an ongoing podcast series with Audiomatic which delves into adventures of the palate, and provides insights into ingredients, recipes and contemporary food practices.Read more
Simin Patel Historian and Blogger at Bombaywalla.org, a platform that creates awareness about Bombay’s built environment and social history. Bombaywalla operates a blog and conducts historical walks of the city’s localities and celebrated structures. Simin completed her PhD in Modern South Asian History from Balliol College, University of Oxford in 2015.Read more