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Frontline, The Hindu

A small initiative by Delhi University students to take authentic history to the common man through online platforms gathers the momentum of its own with noted historians addressing webinars to correct the falsification of history.


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Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative is one of India's leading student-led History collectives. Founded in 2019 by Eshan Sharma, it has emerged as one of India's most active history collectives. The idea behind Karwaan is to promote the knowledge of history among young minds and the general public and inspire them to be inquisitive and committed to this field, as well as to make people understand the importance of heritage and history. We aim to take academic history to the common man through online platforms. 

Princely Independence and Innovation in Nawab Shah Jahan Begum’s Bhopal | Barbara D. Metcalf
Karwaan : The Heritage Exploration Initiative

Princely Independence and Innovation in Nawab Shah Jahan Begum’s Bhopal | Barbara D. Metcalf

The Karwaan Distinguished Lecture by Professor Barbara D. Metcalf Barbara Daly Metcalf, born in Philadelphia, recounts in the autobiographical fragment preceding her recent essay collection, her upbringing in a family whose travels rarely extended beyond the Jersey shore by train. However, her exposure to a culture valuing European languages in high school and Swarthmore College's focus on global social issues during the Cold War era expanded her horizons. In 1963, she pursued comparative tropical history at the University of Wisconsin under Philip Curtin, sparking her interest in India. This fascination led her to complete her doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1974, focusing on South Asian Muslims and Urdu under the guidance of Ira Lapidus and Hamid Algar, shaping her career as a historian with a specialization in the modern history of South Asian ulama. Barbara D. Metcalf served as president of the American Historical Association in 2010. She is professor of history emerita at the University of California, Davis, and was Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan from 2003 to 2009. She has authored several notable works, including "Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband, 1860–1900" (Princeton University Press, 1982) and "Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India's Freedom" (Oneworld, 2009). Additionally, she has edited "Islam in South Asia in Practice" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Her scholarly contributions continue with recent publications such as "Photography and Imagination: White Socks and Mughal Costumes in Nineteenth Century Bhopal" in "Objects, Images, Stories: Simon Digby’s Historical Method," edited by Francesca Orsini (Oxford University Press, 2022, pp. 214-239), "A Way with Words: Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan (1832–1890) and the Unexpected Power of Print" in the "Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society," and "On the Cusp of Colonial Modernity: Administration, Women, and Islam in Princely Bhopal" in "Religious Interactions in Modern India," edited by Vasudha Dalmia and Martin Fuchs (Oxford University Press, 2022). Barbara D. Metcalf's outstanding contributions to scholarship have been recognized with numerous awards and fellowships, including the Sir Syed International Excellence Award from Aligarh Muslim University in 2022, the Mellon Emeritus Fellowship at the University of Michigan from 2009 to 2012, and a Resident Fellowship at the Rockefeller Study Center, Bellagio in 1999. She has also received prestigious fellowships such as the American Institute of Pakistan Studies Senior Fellowship in Pakistan in 1998, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Grant in Britain and Pakistan in 1991, the Fulbright Islamic Civilization Fellowship in India in 1990, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1989-1990, and a Fellowship at the National Humanities Center in 1989-1990. Join this channel to get access to perks: To Support Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative - Do follow us on our Youtube Channel: Stay updated with our stories through our social media channels: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: WhatsApp Group: About Karwaan: One of India's leading Independent student-led history initiatives. It is a collective of students trying to revolutionize the way we approach history. It was started in 2019 and hosted heritage walks in and around Delhi. Since April 2020, we have been organizing online lectures with authors/scholars/historians on our platform and giving students a chance to interact with scholars, and trying to start a dialogue on our past through our posts on Instagram and YouTube. #History #IndianHistory #Lectures #Heritage
Shabana Azmi in conversation with Eshan Sharma | #KarwaanFilmClub Shabana Azmi Retrospective
Karwaan : The Heritage Exploration Initiative

Shabana Azmi in conversation with Eshan Sharma | #KarwaanFilmClub Shabana Azmi Retrospective

Shabana Azmi in conversation with Eshan Sharma Join us in celebrating Shabana Azmi’s incredible career at the ongoing Retrospective organized by Karwaan Cinema Archives and Karwaan Film Club, happening from February 19 to 25, 2024. As this is an online retrospective, cinephiles can watch the films on their own devices, at their own pace and space. During this virtual event, we’ll be watching some of Shabana Azmi’s iconic films, including Ankur and Mandi by Shyam Benegal, Sparsh by Sai Paranjpye, Arth by Mahesh Bhatt, Paar by Goutam Ghose, and Makdee by Vishal Bharadwaj. Explore her versatile roles in these classics. Excitingly, the living legend, Recipient of five National Awards, Padma Bhushan and the UN Goodwill Ambassador, Shabana Azmi will be joining us for an exclusive conversation on February 23, 2024, at 9 PM on the Karwaan Heritage YouTube Channel. Don’t miss this special discussion with Shabana Azmi, hosted by Eshan Sharma (Founder, @karwaanheritage). Mark your calendars for a memorable evening! Immerse yourself in a curated selection of five must-watch films that showcase the extraordinary talent of Shabana Azmi, curated by Eshan Sharma: - Mandi by Shyam Benegal - Ankur by Shyam Benegal - Sparsh by Sai Paranjape - Arth by Mahesh Bhatt - Makadee by Vishal Bhardwaj - Paar by Goutam Ghose This retrospective is a heartfelt celebration of Shabana Azmi’s illustrious career and her invaluable contributions to the fabric of Indian cinema. Throughout the week, immerse yourself in the depth of her performances, from the fearless to the tender, and witness the evolution of one of India’s finest actors. 📺 Stream these cinematic gems on YouTube and other platforms, experiencing the diversity of roles portrayed by Shabana Azmi. From groundbreaking roles to emotional masterpieces, each film is a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to the craft. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to embark on a cinematic journey celebrating Shabana Azmi’s unparalleled legacy! Karwaan Film Club: Official Website:

"Eshan together with some other of his student friends at Delhi University has set up an organization called Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative. It is an impressive initiative and the fact that students have organized it is even more encouraging. In these days of lockdowns and in fact even in the post-lockdown days, it is a great idea to have historians and others speak on matters of serious interest to students and even the public at large."

Romila Thapar, Historian

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