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14:15 - 15:00 22 October 2009

FEED YOUR MIND AT LUNCH TIME: Dhoti, Suit and Trilby: M.K Gandhi and his opponents


Darwin Lecture theatre | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

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Dr Christopher Pinney

To celebrate the 140th Anniversary of Ghandi’s birth – 2 October. M.K Gandhi, famously described as a ‘half-naked fakir’, has been visually defined by his dhoti (loincloth). In contemporary India his public image competes with those of other political figures of his era who are depicted in a suit (the Dalit leader B.R Ambedkar) and a trilby (the Marxist revolutionary Bhagat Singh). Dr Pinney will consider what these costumes signify and the very political choices they continue to embody.