KHAKI Talk 15: '#RainingGold - The Bombay Dock Explosion of 1944' by Cdr. Mohan Narayan (Retd.) | Event in undefined | Townscript
KHAKI Talk 15: '#RainingGold - The Bombay Dock Explosion of 1944' by Cdr. Mohan Narayan (Retd.) | Event in undefined | Townscript

KHAKI Talk 15: '#RainingGold - The Bombay Dock Explosion of 1944' by Cdr. Mohan Narayan (Retd.)

Jun 10 | 07:00 PM (IST)
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'#RainingGold - The Bombay Dock Explosion of 1944' by Cdr. Mohan Narayan (Retd.)

In 1873, the modern port of Mumbai came into being with the formation of the Bombay Port Trust. It witnessed steady, sustained growth and had an enviable record of safe operations barring a few minor incidents and accidents. That reputation took a severe beating on a scorching summer’s day in the April of 1944. The Bombay Dock Explosion was a catastrophe that severely crippled port operations for the next seven months right in the midst of a raging World War. In our Online Talk #RainingGold, maritime history expert Cdr. Mohan Narayan (Retd.) outlines the reasons for that disaster and the response of the authorities. He also highlights individual acts of courage, stoicism in adversity, the resilience of the average Mumbaikar and , of course, the ‘spirit of Mumbai’, which all come to the fore when officialdom fails the city.

About the speaker:
Commander Mohan Narayan IN (Retd) is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune, and a former officer of the Indian Navy. He has been the longest-serving Curator of the Maritime History Society (MHS), Mumbai, and has overseen its lecture programmes, field research, annual seminars and publishing activities. He has contributed to setting up the Maritime Heritage Exhibition at Mumbai in 2001, the restoration of the Bombay Castle, heritage walks in the 500-year-old Naval Dockyard, the maritime museum onboard the Vikrant, the 1946 Naval Uprising memorial and the Ballard Bunder Museum, and has curated the Maritime Heritage Exhibition in 2011. After relinquishing charge of the MHS in 2015, he remains actively engaged in the pursuit and promotion of maritime history and heritage.

Charges for participation Rs. 199/- (Use code "Discount" to avail 50% discount for students and senior citizens)
Date: 10th June 2020
Time: 7.00 pm
Duration: 1 hour + Q&A

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- Q&A will take place after the talk.
- All questions to be typed on chat.
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- You will waste time if you do not do this in advance of the online talk as we will start promptly at 7 pm IST. Since this is a paid online talk, we will not be able to make refunds due to system access (All details about system requirements for zoom can be found
- One ticket gives access to one person, please do not share the meeting link, ID and Password with other people. If an unregistered person is found attending the online talk, he/she will be removed from the online talk.
- Event starts at 7.00 pm IST sharp. Late entrants will not be admitted.

Terms and Conditions:
- Age limit: 12 and above.
- The right of admission is reserved with the organizer.
- Any inappropriate behavior by any of the participants shall lead to eviction from the event.
- The event organizer has the right to reschedule the event.
- The recording of this event may be posted online at a future date.


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