Nirmal Kumar Bose Memorial Lecture

Publication Series

nirmal_kumar_boseNirmal Kumar Bose (1901-1972), one of India’s greatest sons, a humanist, a Gandhian and a radical anthropologist of whom social reconstruction was more important than building sociological theories – was a carry over of the nineteenth century Renaissance in Bengal. He was a great mind, a great visionary who was never confined to the conventional boundary of an academic discipline, be it anthropology, geography, geology, prehistory, archaeology, and even gandhiology (if that term may be used). Professor Bose used anthropology of demonstrate India’s unity in the diversity of cultures. He possessed in his heart a precious thing – the love for his countrymen – that was much greater than his passion for anthropology. Historians of world anthropology are aware of Bose’s pioneer thinking and his original contribution to the concept of culture. But, regretably and not so regretably. Bose could not pursue it further, because in his judgement something else was more important. That was India’s national Freedom Movement. He preferred to remain in the prison rather than in the luxury of intellectual pursuit.

This Memorial Lecture Series was initiated in honour of eminent Anthropologist, great Humanist and Gandhian, Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose, who used anthropology to demonstrate India’s unity in the diversity of cultures :

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 21st January 2016 VIIIth Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose memorial lecture by Prof. P K Misra

02 21st October and 22nd October 2013 Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose Memorial Lecture 21st
October – Anthropological Survey of India and Nirmal Kumar Bose. View Text (PDF) 22nd October – Rupkund Human Remains: A Mystery Yet Unresolved. View Text (PDF) Venue: Lecture Hall, 11, Man Singh Road, IGNCA, New Delhi.
03 2006
  1. Understanding Tribal Transformation in India
  2. Integration of the Tribes in the Indian Society: A View from Orissa
Lakshman Kumar Mahapatra
04 2002
  1. Nirmal Kumar Bose and Field Research: The North-East Indian Experience
  2. Social Formation and Ethnic Identities in North – East India: A Preliminary Statement
A. C. Bhagbati
05 2000
  1. Prof Bose on the Adivasi of India
  2. Gods of the Tharus of the Himalayan Tarai
T. N. Pandey
06 1997
  1. Professor Nirmal Kumar Bose and his Contribution to the Studies on Indian temple Architecture
  2. The Prathistha-laksanasamuccaya and the Medieval Architecture of Kalinga

source: Vol. V 1997 (IGNCA Newsletter Vihangama)

M. A. Dhaky
07 1996
  1. Gandhi’s Impact on Bose’s Scholarship
  2. Rabindranath and Gandhi: Response to Indian Reality
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya
08 1993
  1. The Heritage of Nirmal Kumar Bose
  2. Indian Civilization: Structure and Change

Prof. N.K. Bose Memorial
: On two consecutive days, 28 and 29 October 1993, Prof. Surajit Sinha spoke on Indian Civilization, Structure and Change. An eminent anthropologist and former vice-chancellor, Visva Bharati in Calcutta, Prof. Sinha is the author of several books and papers, including two books on Dr. Nirmal Kumar Bose himself. In the first lecture, Dr. Sinha spoke on Bose’s involvement in anthropological research and in exploring the creative power of Indian civilization. The second lecture was devoted to a reappraisal on the structure and transformation of Indian Civilization from the speaker’s point of view. The nature of continuity and change in the context of national integration and nation building came up for detailed treatment in the deliberations.

Surajit Chandra Sinha

Time: 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Event Details on Facebook | View Photographs

Prof. R.S. Negi Founder Director – Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav
Sangrahalaya, Bhopal and Former Professor, Department of Anthropology, H.N.B. Garhwal, University, SrinagarChair : Prof. R.K. Jain