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Key Events

  • Plague in Bombay and Pune; national famine until 1897.
  • E. B. Havell, one of the figureheads of the Bengal School of Painting is appointed Superintendent of the Government School of Art, Calcutta.
  • Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s Vande Mataram (Hail to the Mother), one of India’s national anthems later appropriated by Hindu chauvinists, is recited for the very first time at the Indian National Congress.
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak inaugurates a festival around the figure of the 17th C. Maratha emperor Shivaji to generate nationalist sentiment.
  • B. R. Rajam Aiyer publishes the social reform novel, Kamalampal Charitram, in Tamil.
  • The singer Vishnu Digambar Paluskar leaves the Miraj court to popularise classical music.



For an article on the history of classical music click here

  • First film screening at Watson’s Hotel, Bombay, on 7 July, by the Lumière cameraman Marius Sestier.
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No image "Watson" attached to Chronicle/1896

The Hotel in the 19th century and now

  • The Madras Photographic Stores advertises imported ‘animated photographs’, reviewed in the Journal of the Amateur Photographic Society of Madras.