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Single Channel Projection, 4 Monitors, sound -Dimensions Variable ..My current project is an attempt to look into the social history of science research in India. The work done at the Arts & Science Residency at KHOJ, New Delhi focuses on the early history of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) in Calcutta – one of the first science research institutes in the country, set up in 1867 by the physician and science enthusiast Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar. Through an ironic citation of C.V Raman’s research on spectroscopy, I have attempted to revisit some of the controversies around ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ science that marked the establishment of AICS. In 1928, it was at AICS that Raman discovered the effect that now bears his name.

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