How the Horse Shaped India

Mapping the Diverse Historical Experience of the Horse in India
MAP Talks | 18+ | 26 February 2021 | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (IST)
VENUE : Online

In her book The Tale of the Horse: A History of India on Horseback, Dr Yashaswini Chandra follows the trail of the animal into and within India until the decline of ‘the age of the horse’ with the onset of colonial rule and mechanisation. It includes both the life of horses in India as well as their role in the history of the subcontinent. She emphasises the diverse experience of the horse towards a total history surrounding it. This is reflected in the diversity of sources that inform the book, encompassing textual and art-historical ones as well as oral traditions.

The different, technical, social and cultural, aspects of the book will be discussed in a panel by the author in conversation with equine veterinarian Dr. Hasneyn Mirza, and Anirudh Kanisetti. The discussion will be illustrated by telling images, and Chandra will examine the multifarious manifestations of the horse across Indian art as well as some examples of historical sites associated with it.

This event is in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre  and PAN Macmillan India.

The event will be hosted at the BIC and will also be relayed live. To attend the event in person, please email the BIC.

Note: ISL interpretation will be available online only.

Speaker Profiles

Dr Yashaswini ChandraWriter, Editor, Historian and Art Historian

Yashaswini Chandra has a PhD in history of art from SOAS University of London, where she was also a teaching fellow. She has a been guest/visiting faculty at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Ashoka University, Sonipat. She worked for Sahapedia, an open online resource on the arts, cultures and histories of India, for many years, managing the multi-volume documentation of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and an institutional collaboration with Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur. 'The Tale of the Horse' is her first book as a solo author. She previously co-edited 'Right of the Line: The President’s Bodyguard'. Yashaswini is an avid horsewoman and has an interest in animal history.

Anirudh KanisettiResearcher and Writer

Anirudh Kanisetti is a researcher and writer. His work straddles technology, geopolitics and history. He is the host of two podcasts about 'Indian history: Echoes of India and Yuddha', and one on policy: 'All Things Policy'. For his podcasts and work on history communication on social media, he received the New Indian Express' 2020 edition of the 40 Under 40 Award.

Dr. Hasneyn MirzaEquine Expert and Veterinarian

Dr Hasneyn Mirza is a veterinarian with nearly forty years of experience of working with horses. After graduating from Mysore Veterinary College, Bangalore, he worked on Kehelan Stud Farm and is consultant to many owners, trainers, stud farms and the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. His family has been in the horse business for six generations.

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