A committed historian, Dr. Mani Kamerkar, nee Mani Framroz Vasunia, was born in an influential Parsi family on October 14, 1925. She graduated in History and Politics from Elphinstone College and started her career as Professor of History at Sathye College. In her long career, spanning over four decades, she served in diverse positions at several institutions including Nanavati College, Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s College of Mumbai, Agnes Scott College and at Carleton College. Alongside, she was also connected with several other academic bodies at the local, regional and international levels. Her academic work on the social and political history of western India, particularly Gujarat, show a profound influence of the independence and trade union movements witnessed in her childhood. A recognized Ph.D guide, an avid researcher and a prolific writer she authored several authoritative books and articles, especially on the colonial period and the Parsis.
Memorial Trust: After her death on October 11, 2004 an eponymous trust was established by some of her friends, colleagues, students and family as a tribute to her seminal contribution to the field of history. In order to encourage research in this field the Trust not only sponsors seminars in Mumbai colleges annually, but also prize money for the best research papers. LJNJ Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Vile Parle had the honour of organising the first in the series of this prestigious seminar. The trend continues till date. The two day National Seminar on “Complex Narratives: Exploring Indian Business History From Ancient To Modern Times” will be held on 20th and 21st September, 2019 at H R College of Commerce and economics, Churchgate, Mumbai.