What Is It?

Quick, what is the link between Zoroastrianism and the opium trade with China in pre-independent India? It’s a trick question—the contributions of the Parsi people in trade relations with China have not been widely recognised. For those who are intrigued by this little-known aspect of Parsi history, you could attend the lecture entitled Sino-Indian Cultural Diffusion through Trade in the Nineteenth Century by Dr Madhavi Thampi.

It is being organised in conjunction with the on-going exhibition Painted Encounters-Parsi Traders and The Community.

Who Is It For?

Those who like exploring historical nuggets beyond standard textbooks. The Parsis are a micro minority community in India whose achievements are anything but micro.

Why Should I Go For It?

Expect to be enlightened about trade as a medium of exchange of cultural values between different societies and regions. In the case of China and India, you will hear about the Chinese influence on embroidery, textile weaving and reverse glass painting, and the subsequent emergence of new, hybrid forms of art and crafts in India.


There is tea before the lecture.

Anything Else?

Dr Madhavi Thampi is a well-known scholar of Chinese history, who has been involved with the documentation and archival of material related to China.

When: May 7

Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Timings: 4pm onwards

Price: Museum entry fee is INR 20 per person

Contact: Write to ngma.delhi@gmail.com

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Featured image courtesy: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

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