South Asian Heritage Month

 

We’re thrilled to be contributing to the UK’s first South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM).

South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18th July – 17th August and seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories particularly the intertwined histories of the UK and South Asian communities and how South Asian cultures are present throughout the UK.

As part of this month long celebration we have programmed a series of online FREE events for you to plug in and join us in marking this momentous and joyful celebration of South Asian Heritage.

Our Chai and Chat series continues, online & is as engaging as ever…

The Partition of India, Memories – A Panel Discussion
5th August – 5-6pm (UK time) – Facebook Live Webinar
No need to book just follow us on Facebook and watch live from your own home!
You can find Sampad’s Facebook page here

The Partition triggered the largest mass migration in human history, forcing the traumatic displacement of more than 14 million people as vast numbers of people moved across the border between the two newly formed states. In 2017 Sampad launched one of our most ambitious Heritage projects: The Partition Trail, which examined the social, cultural and emotional consequences of one of the most harrowing events in modern history, the Partition of India in 1947.

In this SAHM panel discussion we will be led by;

Ranjit Sondhi, CBE (Sampad Chair)
Naveed Riaz (Lahore)
Sanyogita Kumari (Artist and Musician)
Dr Binita Kane (Co Founder of  SAHM)
Tasawar Bashir (Artists & Producer)

The panellists will be discussing the huge implications and impacts of the partition on their lives. The panel will recount stories and share memories that are still as relevant and resonant as they were 73 years ago, including Ranjit and Naveed’s astonishing account of once being next door neighbours in India, to being in totally separate nations, and nationalities, after the partition on the 14th August 1947.

Uday Shankar & Anna Pavlova, An Intercultural Dialogue in Dance
7th August – 4-5pm (UK time) Facebook Live Webinar
No need to book just follow us on Facebook and watch live from your own home!
You can find Sampad’s Facebook page here

The Uday Shankar dance style creatively connects cultures, communities and inspires innovation. His dance partnership with Anna Pavlova, the Prima Ballerina from the west continues to be a shining model of practice where artists from distinct and diverse cultural backgrounds came together in a creative synergy. This collaborative process is part of a research and heritage project by Abundant Art UK led by Protima Chatterjee, supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund

This this wonderful SAHM webinar the panel will discuss the legacy of this dance partnership in the UK and India. and will include excerpts from the docu-film on the story of this legendary partnership.
The panel will be made up of dance specialists who have had a key part to play in this amazing project and/ or in the development of South Asian dance in the UK;

Ann David – Head of Dance Roehampton University
Bisakha Sarkar, MBE – Artistic Director of Chaturangan
Colin Bourne Collins – Head of Dance Programmes, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Tanusree Shankar – Artistic Director & Choreographer
Sujata Banerjee, MBE – Artistic Director & Choreographer
Protima Chatterjee – Founder of Abundant Art UK and Project Director of Uday Shankar Anna Pavlova Heritage Project (2018-2020)

This event will also be screen a special excerpt  of ‘Almora’ dance performance by members of Mamata Shankar Dance Company, choreographed by Mamata Shankar, in memory of her father Uday Shankar.

The Partition of India From an Artists Perspective – A Panel Discussion
12th August – 4-5pm (UK time) Facebook Live Webinar
No need to book just follow us on Facebook and watch live from your own home!
You can find Sampad’s Facebook page here

In 2017 Sampad launched one of our most ambitious Heritage projects: The Partition Trail, which examined the social, cultural and emotional consequences of one of the most harrowing events in modern history, the Partition of India in 1947. In this webinar, four artists from the UK and the subcontinent will address and discuss the huge and live changing impacts of the partition on their lives, but also their work as artists, and how it influenced, and continues to influence their work today, 73 years later….

The panellists joining this discussion session are;

Jatinder Varma, MBE – Theatre Maker, Director (UK)

Naheed Siddiqui – Dancer, Choreographer (Lahore)

Navtej Singh Johar – Choreographer (Delhi)

Shehzad Chowdhury – Multimedia Artist (Dhaka)
Sunandan Walia – Film maker, writer, producer, director (UK)

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