Events at MHS

MHS conducts regular maritime-themed programmes and activities ranging from Outreach Exhibitions to Talks, Conversations and Seminars to bring together scholarship and awareness of Indian Maritime History & Heritage.


Upcoming Events

The year 2021 marks the 43rd year of MHS in being. Late Vice Admiral MP Awati founded Maritime History Society on 12 May 1978. Every year, the Society marks the occasion with a commemorative talk, conversation or symposium. This year on 12 May 2021, the event is planned as a commemorative online symposium.

43rd Founder Day Symposium: The symposium this year is conceptualised under the theme of “Heritage Canvas of North Konkan Coast: A Maritime Treasure”


Recent Events

 
 

Maritime History Society in collaboration with Indian Maritime University, Visakhapatnam Campus organized a two days workshop, “Maritime History of India: A Manthan” on the theme of “Culture, Commerce and Connectivity”. The aim was to further elaborate upon the Maritime India Vision 2030 in the form of stepping stone for the larger initiative in maritime journey

MHS Team express deep sympathies and condolences to family and friends of Mr.U.S.Ramesh who left for his heavenly abode on 06 May 2021,a few days after this event. Mr.U.S.Ramesh was the moderator for the IMU Workshop 2021.

 
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The year 2021 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Indian Naval Uprising. The Maritime History Society in collaboration with the Department of Civics & Politics, University of Mumbai organized an academic seminar titled “Naval Uprising 1946: Span and Significance”. It's aim was to commemorate, reinvestigate and reimagine this key event which historians agree, had signaled the end of the British rule in India.

 
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True to its mission of awakening maritime consciousness, the Maritime History Society held an annual seminar on a specific element of maritime attention. With time ripe to upgrade the focus at the national scale MHS sought to draw attention to some aspects of Indian maritime history that have had lower mileage and their role in India’s long maritime past. A two-day National Maritime Heritage Conclave was envisaged on 18-19 November 2020 from 1000h to 1300h on both the days. The central theme of the Conclave: “Exploring Unsung Frames in Indian Maritime History” explored the various subaltern historical narratives for their richness and diversity.

 
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The theme for the essay competition was "Reflections on Indian Nautical Knowledge: Past, Present, and Ways Ahead". This theme was chosen to stimulate thoughts and discussions about India's contribution to nautical knowledge. There are various things that help mariners navigate: from close observation of the celestial bodies to the contemporary cutting edge digital technology. As an organization steering research on Indian contribution to nautical knowledge, we were interested in investigating Indian contribution to nautical knowledge in the past, and the research happening in the said field in contemporary times that can reinvent future at sea.

 
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Maritime History Society concluded its annual Monsoon Musings series with a Commemorative Conversation honouring founder Chairman and the Grand Sire Vice Admiral Manohar Awati. Titled "Maritime Legacy: Extraordinary Voyagers", the musings were held on 07 Sep 2020. The in-house team at MHS presented a genealogy of Indian maritime heroes since the ancient times in the form of an audio visual presentation. Vice Adm RB Pandit, Chief of Staff of Western Naval Command, delivered the opening remarks. Since the day marks Adm Awati's birth anniversary, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Clipper Ventures Plc, paid a tribute to the legend and extraordinary voyager. Vice Admiral AR Karve (Retd), delivered the closing remarks. The programme concluded the Musings but inaugurated the series to celebrate the fascinating lineage of maritime heroes India has produced.

 
 

Monsoon Musing 3 was a panel discussion on the topic “Maritime Dimension Through and Post Pandemic” among Dr Malini Shankar, Dr Satheesh Shenoi, Capt Arun Sabnis, and Nitin Pai. The panelists discussed the he dimensions affecting maritime education, oceanography, geopolitics, and the situation on the ports.

 
 

Monsoon Musing 2 was a celebration of the sea through literary readings. The in-house read excerpts from prose and poetry from world literature. Author, Curator and Translator Anjali Purohit delivered closing remarks concluding with a reading of one of her poems.

 
 

Monsoon Musing 1 was Late Adm JG Nadkarni Memorial Talk delivered by his son and serving officer of the Indian Navy, RAdm RJ Nadkarni on the topic “Navigational Methods of Ancient Mariners”. The speaker provided an overview of different methods used by Phoenicians to Romans in the ancient world.

 
 

Founder Day Commemoration 2020

 

Instead of a regular symposium or conversation, the Founder Day Commemoration 2020 was held as pre-recorded short clips broadcast on MHS You Tube Channel. The channel premiere was on 12 May 2020 as MHS completed 42 years. First two clips covered the history and operations through time. The grand finale was broadcast on 27 May 2020.

Maritime Workshop at Central University of Gujarat

CUG-Workshop Maritime Journey of Contemporary Indian Security : Feb 2020