In most architectural histories of Bombay, native engineers are either ignored or summarily dispatched because they are not seen to be the originator of ideas but, rather, functionaries who carried out orders. But is this all they were?
In this lecture, by Preeti Chopra, the role of one prominent Indian architect and engineer of the Victorian era, Khan Bahadur Muncherji Cowasji Murzban (1839-1917) will be expolred, examining issues such as: how does one examine Murzban’s role in the construction of colonial Bombay? Is Murzban an ideal type of “mimic man,” (someone who could imitate the architectural forms desired by the British in his designs and yet forge no independent path of his own)? Or are there other, more revealing, ways of analyzing the work of Murzban and others like him?
This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk Series 2024 called Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World. Follow this link to book all of the talks.
Tuesday 13 Feb 2024, 7pm – 8.30pm
£6, book here.