On 17th July 2017 at 7:30pm in the Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2RD there will be a film presentation of The Chess Players (1977). A seminal piece of Indian cinema, The Chess Players looks at the dynamics at play during the 1857 Rebellion, focussing on the actions of two chess-obsessed noblemen, Mir (Jaffrey) and Mirza (Kumar). The juxtaposition of their interest in a game of strategy with their ineffectiveness in real-world politics is a scathing commentary on elitism and classism in India as much as it is a critique of British colonial policy.
For tickets please contact Lakeside’s Box Office 0115 846 7777.
This talk is part of ‘Threads of Empire: Rule and resistance in colonial India c1740-1840’ which explores the rise of the British Empire in India from 1740 into the 19th century, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. Based on Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham’s extensive archives on colonial India, and including some treasures generously loaned by Nottingham Castle Museum, ‘Threads of Empire’ showcases the history of tense negotiation, resistance and rebellion that lay behind the emergence of India as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the British Empire.
The exhibition will be opened at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, on Wednesday 12th April (5pm-7pm). Nottinghamshire Local History Association members are very welcome to attend. The exhibition will run until Sunday 20th August.