Hungarian travellers to colonial Bengal

A talk given by Dr Imre Bangha at the Hungarian Cultural Centre

The talk explores the various approaches Hungarian visitors to Calcutta and other parts of Bengal, mostly scholars, aristocrats and artists, had towards India and its colonial rule. Hungary was not a colonising power and at certain parts of the nineteenth-century rather found itself on the side of the oppressed. Nevertheless, during the period of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1867-1918), Hungarian travellers often presented imperial attitudes towards the Indians. The glance of the Hungarians, conditioned by their own background in Hungary, was directed by situational identification with one or another player in Indian politics and culture.”

Dr Imre Bangha is Associate Professor of Hindi at the University of Oxford. He studied Indology at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary and holds a Ph.D. in Hindi from Visva-Bharati, India. He has published English, Hindi and Hungarian books and articles on literature in Brajbhasha and other forms of old Hindi and prepared Hungarian translations from various South Asian languages. His work on the international reception of Bengali culture includes the monograph Hungry Tiger: Encounter between India and Central Europe (2007) and the edited volumes Tagore Beyond his Language (forthcoming) and Rabindranath Tagore: Hundred Years of Global Reception (2014, co-edited with M. Kämpchen).

I0 Maiden Lane,Covent Garden,
London WC2E 7NA
on the 18 June at 7pm.

Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email