Connection Series: He Ram! by Sumathi Ramaswamy and Tridip Suhurd

3:00–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi
DLF Capitol Point Building, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi 110001


At the dawn of dusk in New Delhi on January 30, 1948, three gunshots punctuated the silence of the evening and tore into the torso of the man walking towards the podium of the prayer meeting to address a large crowd gathered to hear him. As Mahatma Gandhi's body crumpled towards the ground, he is believed to have famously hailed his favourite divinity words, "He Ram," the last he apparently spoke in a lifetime that produced numerous utterances much evoked in India. Building on this scholarship, Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy's presentation pivoted from word to image to consider the manner in which this dying moment has been claimed by India's visual artists accross a range of media ranging from poster art to graphic cartoon to modernist art and the movies. 

This event was part of the Connection Series held in collaboration with the American Center, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), UChicago Center in Delhi, and United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF).