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#TalkTheWalk 5: Esplanade Estate by Dr. Rashna Poncha

Feb 22 | 06:00 PM (IST)
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#TalkTheWalk 5: Esplanade Estate by Dr. Rashna Poncha

The year was 1862. The Governor, Sir Henry Bartle Frere. The time was right to explore a new vision of Bombay. The large rambling Bombay Fort stood in the way of progress and change. There was no longer a need for a defensive structure – the British were the paramount power in India – and orders to demolish it were given. Governor Frere envisaged the creation of a new town rising on the rubble of the old walls. A ‘Rampart Removal Committee’ was set up to create a new district, an area of elegant residences, business, education and government buildings, utilising the land on which the fort had stood as well as the large Esplanade. Along the periphery of the old Fort and Esplanade came up one of the city’s most impressive urban development projects. The ‘New Town’ or ‘Frere Town’ as it came to be known, was to be representative of the British colonial empire in India. Our #TalkTheWalk by Dr Rashna Poncha focuses on the planning and growth of one area of Frere Town, which the Bombay Improvement Trust later called the Esplanade Estate, a roughly trapezium-shaped area carved out of the Esplanade on the edges of the Fort walls and leased out to private individuals, that became synonymous with the spirit of commerce and enterprise that this city is famous for.

About the speaker:
Dr. Rashna Poncha is Assistant Professor at the History Department, Sophia College (Autonomous). Passionate about teaching and about history, she holds a Ph.D. in History for her thesis on “A Study of Frere Town, Bombay (1862-1947)". Her area of specialisation is the history of 19th century Bombay.

Date: 22nd February 2020
Venue: Khaki Lab, 302, 3rd Floor, Hari Chambers, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort.
Duration: 1 hour
Time: 6 pm to 7 pm (preceded by tea & biscuits at 5.30) 
Charges: FREE!
***Admission free. Prior registration required***

Terms and Conditions:
- Age limit: 12 and above.
- The right of admission is reserved with the organizer.
- The organizer does not take responsibility for the loss or theft of any personal belongings or any injury that the ticket holder may accrue at the event.
- Those who have registered online will get priority to sit before 6pm. After 6pm, those present will be allowed to sit on a first come first serve basis.
- Smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited.
- Any inappropriate behavior by any of the participants shall lead to eviction from the event.
- We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the starting time.
- The event organizer has the right to reschedule the event.


Khaki Lab 302, Hari Chambers
Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai, India
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