History Hour 24 – “The Eurindia Project of the Economic Cross Cultural Programme and Research on the French in the service of the Indian States from c. 1530 to 1849” by Dr. Jean-Marie Lafont – Thursday, 27th July 2006.

Eurindia is a cooperative project co-founded by the European Union to survey and preserve archival artefacts related to historical relations between Europe and India like textile trade and Indian maps.

Dr. Jean-Marie Lafont got a Ph.D. in Greek archaeology from the University of Lyons (1977). His research on La presence francaise dans le royaume dikh du Penjab. 1822-1849 won him a D.L.tt. from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1987) and the Giles Award from the French academy (1995). During his postings at Lahore, Pakistan (1972-1984), Lyons (1984-87) and Delhi (1987 till date) he has conducted research on the French in the service of the Indian States before the British Raj. His latest publications include: INKIKA Essaysin Indo-French Relations. 1630-1976, Manohar-CSH, Delhi, 2000. CHITRA. Cities and Monuments of Eighteenth-Century India from French Archives, OUP, Delhi, 2001. Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his French Officers, GND University, Amritsar, 2002 (with one edition in Hindi and another in Punjabi). The Dream of an Inhabitant of Mogul, Catalogue of the exhibition held in the National Museum, New Delhi (2005, Catalogue 1) and the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, 2006 (in collaboration with Christiane Sinnig-Haas.  Catalogue 2, with corrections). Memoire sur 1’Inde de Piveron de Morlat, 1778-1785, Les Indes savantes, Paris, with introduction and notes, forthcoming (2006).

Jean-Marie Lafont is presently on deputation to the University of Delhi. He has curated two exhibitions in the National Museum, New Delhi, and one in the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai.

Dr. Jean Marie Lafont
P.C. www.sikhfoundation.org

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