Pani, Pahar – Public Photography Exhibition

St John’s College, Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP

17th October – 28th October – Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm


Pani, Pahar – Artist’s Talk and Public Discussion

Friday 27 October: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

St John’s College, Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP



Contacts for Further Information

Professor Bhaskar Vira   – 07879 281874 – [email protected] –  @bhask286

Dr. Eszter Kovacs – [email protected]

Toby Smith[email protected]  – 07967 039788  – @tobysmithphoto

Notes on Project Partners and Background

This project was partly funded with support from the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, under a targeted Impact Activity Fund grant, as a follow up to an earlier ESPA-funded research project. “The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme ( is a global development research programme funded by the UK Government, supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council. ESPA aims to provide new provide world-class research evidence demonstrating how ecosystem services can reduce poverty and enhance well-being for the world’s poor.”

India Unboxed is a programme of exhibitions, events and digital encounters within the museums and the city of Cambridge. Rooted in Cambridge collections, the programme explores themes of identity and connectivity for audiences in the UK and India.  India Unboxed enables contemporary and critical engagements, celebrating the diversity and plurality of the subcontinent and its unique relationship with the UK.

Toby Smith is a contemporary photographer who works internationally on projects concerning landscape, environment, industrial and science stories.  Toby was the Artist in Residence of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute for 2015/16.  Toby continues to be associated with UCCRI and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative for 2016/17 as an Associate Scholar.

Photographs from the Royal Commonwealth Society collections in Cambridge University Library provide a fascinating and detailed insight into life across the Commonwealth. They range from photographs of important constitutional events in the creation of nation states to images of domestic life, schooling and hospitals. They document dramatic changes in land use, industry, commerce and transport, the growth of towns, cultural and religious activities, but also the lives of many thousands of ordinary individuals.

The Centre of South Asian Studies is a renowned cross-disciplinary research centre open to students and scholars from across the University of Cambridge and to researchers from around the world.