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January 2013 Newsletter

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Hello and Happy New Year from The 1947 Partition Archive!

January has been an exciting and pleasantly busy month for us.  We are enthusiastic to announce the addition of new stories to the archive and we welcome many new story collectors, interns, and volunteers to the team!

In this newsletter, you will find...
  • Stories of Partition shared this month
  • Announcement of our Art for Partition event
  • Call for volunteers for Indus Heritage Day
  • Updates to the online resources

(Click photo to read more)    

[Photo: Mohammad Rafiq has remained in a refugee camp since 1971]

Mohammad Rafiq and his family, originally from West Bengal, have lived in the Geneva refugee camp near Dhaka since 1971, belonging neither to Pakistan, nor entirely to Bangladesh. Read more...

[Photo: Nurun Nahar migrated from Murshidabad to Dhaka]

When a traumatic riot broke out in Murshidabad in 1947, Nurun Nahar and her family decided to migrate to Dhaka. Read more...

[Photo: Mr. Lambda's family left their business behind, and started over in Ludhiana]

Mr. Lamba's family left their business behind and migrated from the Sargodha District of West Punjab to Ludhiana during Partition. Read more...

[Photo: Mr. Malik's family migrated from Khayi to Rohtak, helped by other failies along the way]

Mr. Satnam Malik and his family migrated from Khayi to Rohtak, helped by other families along the way. Read more...

[Photo: Dr. Hameeda Hossain returned to Hyderbad after Partition to attend school.]

When Dr. Hameeda Hossain returned to Hyderbad for school after Partition, she found herself among only 10-15 students.  Most people had migrated east, and many new refugees had arrived. Read more...


Art for Partition Fundraiser 

[Photo: Consoling each Other by Salma Arastu]
Consoling each Other by featured artist Salma Arastu

Save the Date!

The 1947 Partition Archive will be hosting an Art for Partition fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, 2013.  It will take place in the Penthouse Suite of the sunny and spacious Berkeley Skydeck, in downtown Berkeley, which offers an amazing 360-degree view of the bay.  The event will consist of lectures by renowned scholars, a survivors’ panel discussion, literary readings, the screening of Earth 1947, based on Cracking India by Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa, and an art auction featuring a variety of art from both local artists and artists in South Asia.  In addition, there will be live performances by Sangati Center and Anupama Chandratreya.  Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa will also hold a book-signing for Cracking India.
The full schedule of events is as follows.

For ticketed guests:

11:30 am          Doors open, private viewing of art.

12 pm                  Lunch is served. Sangati Center artists perform traditional Indian classical music.

12:30 pm          Introductory remarks.

12:40 pm          Dr. Vazira Zamidar on the importance of collecting oral histories.

1 pm                     Presentation by Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa.

1:45 pm          One hour private meet and greet with Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa. Book signing.

For the general public: (doors open at 2pm)

2:10 pm             Anupama Chandratreya sings poetry from Faiz and Iqbal. Public art auction begins.

2:45 pm             Partition Survivors share their stories.

3:15 pm             Literary readings by Dr. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns.

3:40 pm             Dr. Priya Satia speaks about Partition and colonialism.

4:15 pm             Screening of Earth 1947, based on Cracking India, a novel by Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa.

6 pm                     Closing remarks.

6:30 pm             Winners of the auction are announced.

Call for Volunteers

[Photo: Indus Heritage Day kids]

The 1947 Partition Archive will be hosting its second annual Indus Heritage Day event on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  

Help us make this year's event another success!  We are looking for volunteers to assist in coordinating event day activities, children's activities, and setting up. 
This year, we are teaming up with the India Community Center and Pakistani American Culture Center to bring you a free event that celebrates shared South Asian histories and encourages their preservation in the future.  The event will include film screenings, dance, food, music, and a panel discussion in which a team of leading archeologists will develop the challenges of preserving history and historical artifacts across borders.  



An abridged version of our annual publication, Junction '47, is currently available online.

The digital Oral History Workshop is almost ready to go online.  Soon, anyone anywhere in the world, can develop their interviewing skills, become a Citizen Oral Historian, and start collecting stories!
Stay tuned!


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Let us together preserve our stories for our children, grandchildren and future generations.   Donations are 100% tax deductible via the International Documentary Association.


The logo featured in the header of this newsletter has been designed by Pixar artist, Arjun Rihan, who is also the maker of "Topi" a short film on Partition featured on our website.  Arjun is kindly devoting a part of his time to designing our website.

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