On Thursday 11th August as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Late Shift programme, I will be exploring the life of Allan Octavian Hume, 1829-1912. Hume was a quietly extraordinary man – a civil servant of the British Raj employed to extract profit from India, but instead worked mostly to profit Indians. He was the founder and convener of the first ever Indian National Congress, part of the force which eventually got the British out of India.

Accompanied by the virtuoso tabla player, Nafees Irfan, I will be telling the story in dialogue with the magnificent portraits hanging in Room 20.

Where – Room 20: The Road to Reform, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

When – 7pm, Thursday 11th August 2016

You can book tickets by visiting here and you can listen to the trailer below…

 

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