1 of 3 portraits of Meera Syal
by David Harrison
bromide fibre print, 26 July 1997
12 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (325 mm x 190 mm)
Given by David Harrison, 1998
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This portraitback to top
Syal co-wrote Bombay Dreams (2002), the Andrew Lloyd Webber Bollywood-themed musical, that inspired this portrayal of her as a Bollywood heroine.
Events of 1997back to top
Current affairsThe Labour party - re-branded as New Labour - win a spectacular landslide election and Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister. Their electoral campaign promised that 'things can only get better' and that their priorities would be 'education, education, education.' While New Labour's 'third way' centralist approach put off some party traditionalists, it secured the popular vote.
Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed die in a car crash in Paris.
Art and scienceJ.K. Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of seven fantasy books chronicling the life of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: learning magic, breaking school rules, romantic entanglements and their struggles against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announce that they have cloned the first mammal from an adult cell: '6LL3', or Dolly the Sheep.