UAB's Department of Art and Art History Film Screening: A Bristol Pilgrimage

Film screening: A Bristol Pilgrimage – In Search of Raja RamMohun Roy (Aniruddha Sanyal, 2012)

UAB Humanities Building, Room 312

Presented by UAB’s Department of Art and Art History

Raja Ram Mohan Roy (22 May 1772 – 27 September 1833) was the founder of the Brahmo Sabha movement in 1828, which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential socio-religious reform movement. His influence was apparent in the fields of politics, public administration and education as well as religion. He was known for his efforts to establish the abolishment of the practice of sati, the Hindu funeral practice in which the widow was compelled to sacrifice herself in her husband’s funeral pyre in some parts of Bengal. For his diverse activities and contributions to society, Raja Ram Mohan Roy is regarded as one of the most important and contentious figures in the Bengali renaissance. His efforts to protect Hinduism and Indian rights and his closeness with the British government earned him the title “The Father of the Indian Renaissance.”

This documentary delves into the last few weeks of Ram Mohan Roy’s life in England. The “pilgrimage” is almost as much the story of the West’s encounter with the man widely regarded as the “Father of Modern India,” as it is reappraisal of Ram Mohan’s impact on the West. Hitherto unknown or long forgotten details, that have been pieced together to reconstruct the final chapter of the Rajah’s life, will fascinate the viewer.

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