Events

August 28- September 8 | Exhibition: Untold Stories (Delhi, India)

Location:  Art gallery, India International Center
Exhibit: Untold Stories


Seven decades have passed since the Partition of 1947 and still remnants of it continue to linger only latently in public memories and histories. The forthcoming exhibition by The 1947 Partition Archive will unravel the memories of people who witnessed the days of the Divide. This multimedia exhibit will highlight the socio-cultural ethnography and memory of the Partition by bringing forth those voices that have otherwise been unheard: the story of a woman still living in a refugee camp, separated from her daughter due to the man-made border, how a city-wide BA exam was put on hold due to a referendum in Sylhet, how two brothers converted to Islam to remain on their land while their sister made her way across to India, and how two brothers travelled from Travancore State to the North-West Frontier Province in search of work and were stranded there due to the Divide.

Each and every panel of this exhibit presents a unique first-hand experience and displays how the pivotal event that determined the subcontinent’s contemporary history continues influences society till today. These narratives are from all around the globe, with a special focus on subversive narratives through the lens of class, caste, and gender. The choice of regional locations is diverse and also brings to light narratives of Partition that are often never considered as part of popular imaginary.

Untold Stories invites, for the very first time, public audiences to engage with exemplary oral histories collected by The 1947 Partition Archive over the last 8 years. It is an exhibition that marries the notions of history, memoir, longing and belonging.

August 14-18 | Exhibition: Women During Partition (Delhi, India)

Location:  Art gallery, India Habitat Center
Exhibit: Women during Partition

The Partition of India in 1947 resulted in the largest mass-migration of people in the world till date. In recent years, testimonies of these migrations from those who witnessed the event have begun to emerge, resulting in a better understand of the Partition. Among these, the narratives of women- young and old- are imperative as they alert us on the impact the Partition had on familial life, on homes and ways of living.

Women during Partition explores first-hand accounts with women who witnessed the Partition. Those who refused to leave until months after the Partition, and those who had to leave at just a moment’s notice. Through their stories, through the very nature of archival image, we learn about the circumstances of their migrations. We learn of family, education, the plight of refugees, and the most importantly, the notion of hope.

August 4-6 | Exhibition: Memory through the ages (Delhi, India)

Location:  Main Lobby, Bikaner House
The 1947 Partition Archive is excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Bikaner House in showcasing oral histories through an exhibition curated by artist and author, Aanchal Malhotra, coordinated by Ritika Popli with design by Shilpa Narain and architecture by Siddharth Wadhwa.  

The educational public exhibition will also include a series of events including Voices of Partition, film screenings, photography and visual arts exhibitions, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Partition. Lest we forget.  For more information visit our Facebook page. 

August 4-6 | Godrej Culture Labs (Mumbai, India)

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July 8, 2017 | An evening with Penaz Masani (Palo Alto, CA)


Join us for an evening of ghazals by Penaz Masani, sung to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Partition this year. This is a benefit event.

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Voices of Partition - Sindh

April 22, 2017 -- Karachi, Pakistan
Tariq Rafi Hall
Habib University, Sindh, Pakistan

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April 27, 2017
 -- Sukkur, Pakistan

Sindh Regional Support Organization
Shikarpur Road, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan

3:30pm-6:30pm
Doors @ 2:30pm
Reserve your tickets here

Feb 22 & April 12, 2017 | WORKSHOP: MEMORIALIZING PARTITION


Join us on Wednesday, Feb 22 & April 12 at a workshop that attempts to answer this increasingly important question: How do we memorialize Partition in a manner that is ethical but also educational? The second day of the workshop will be held on April 12 at the Arts Faculty, Room 56, University of Delhi. Registration will be on site.

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March 22, 2017 | Voices of Partition (Boston, Massachusetts)

March 22, 2017 
Lesley University, Boston
Doors @ 6:00pm
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December 17, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)

Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr
Doors @ 1:30pm
Begins @ 2:00pm

Panelists:
Partition witnesses:
Dr. Surendra Gambhir
Mr. Victor Gill
Dr. Om Gandhi
Researchers:
Dr. Amber Abbas of St. Joseph's College
Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar of Albright College
MC:
Dr. Kavita Daiya of George Washington University

Thank you to volunteers for making Voices of Partition in Bryn Mawr possible: Bilal Ezzeddine, Dr. Reena Banka, Sahil Banka, Salma Khan, and Suruchi Keenheel.

November 30, 2016 | Voices of Partition (George Washington University)

George Washington University, Washington, DC
Doors @ 3:00 pm
Begins @ 3:30 pm 


Panelists:

Partition witnesses:
Dr. Kamal Verma and Zafar Farooqi
Researchers:
Dr. Amber Abbas of St. Joseph's College, Dr. Benjamin Hokpins of the GW Elliot School, and Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla founder and director of The 1947 Partition Archive.
MC:
Dr. Kavita Daiya of George Washington University


October 14, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Mumbai) 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Doors @ 0:00 pm
Begins @ 5:30 pm

Panelists:
Partition witnesses:
Dr. Vimla Malhotra, Shamal Chawla, and Parshotam Bulani
Story collector:
Citizen Historian Srishtee Sethi
MC:
Citizen Historian Aalisha Sheth

Thank you to everyone who made Voices of Partition in Mumbai possible! Aalisha Sheth, Ashwini Chowdhury, Bomi Kim, Fwishali Basumatary, Joanne Pereira, Jones Thomas, Dr. K. M. Parivelan (Associate Professor, TISS), Kaveri U., Kavita Bulani, Nita Bulani, Raunak Bajaj, Sohail Sankalp, Srishtee Sethi, and Vidushi Kaushik.

 

September 29, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Milpitas, California)

India Community Center, Milpitas, California
Doors @ 6:00pm
Begins @ 6:30pm

Panelists:
Partition witnesses:
Jaya Metha, Iftekhar Hai, and Mohanbir Singh Rekhi
Story Collector:
Story Scholar Sobia Saleem
MC:
Dr. Priya Satia of Stanford University

Thank you to California Humanities for sponsoring Voices of Partition in Milpitas.

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September 21, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Kolkata)

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India
Doors @ 12:30pm
Begins @ 1:00pm

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Panelists:
Partition witnesses:
Ahi Bhushan Halder and Dilip Kumar Chatterjee
Story collector:
Story Scholar Deborshi Chakraborty
Researcher:
Professor Rimi Nandy of Adamas University
MC:
Citizen Historian Sarita Bose

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Voices of Partition in Kolkata possible: Aditi Das, Ankita Bhattacharya, Arnab Ghosh, Bihongi Biswas, Bijetri Dutta Majumder, Deborshi Chakraborty, Dipayan Roy, Hansha Jaiswal, Moumita Banik, Pranoy Pal, Panchanon Poddar, Professor Rimi Nandy, Rumki Chakraborty, Sarita Bose (moderator), Somdutta De, Souvik Ghosh, Shreoshi Mitra, Sumallya Mukhopadhyay, Tamasa Ghosh, Udayan Das, and Utsa Bhattacharjee.


September 10, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Lahore)

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
Doors @ 3:30pm
Begins @ 4:00pm
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Panelists:
Partition witnesses:
Abida Amin Khawaja, Dr. Pervaiz Vandal, Shoaib Sultan Khan, and Tahira Husain
Story collector:
Story Scholar Fakhra Hassan
Guest speaker:
Founder of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Syed Babar Ali

Thank you to volunteers who helped make Voices of Partition in Lahore possible: Aasma Farhad, Ahmad Dar, Fakhra Hassan, Hamza Kamran, Khurram Abbas, Muhammad Hanif, Muna Baig, Rukhsana Parveen and Umair Mushtaq.


 

April 24, 2016 | Voices of Partition (New Delhi)

India Habitat Centre (Gulmohar Auditorium), New Delhi, India
Doors @ 6:30pm
Begins @ 7:00pm
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Facebook event page
Thank you to volunteers who hepled make Voices of Partition in Delhi possible: Gaurav Khandelwal, Naman Kapuria, Mishika Nayyar, Mukul Pankajmani, Palak Sahni, Ria Dantewadia, Ritika Popli, Shruti Gakhar, Srishtee Sethi, and Sumedha Grover.


 

April 14, 2016 | Voices of Partition (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

12 Gates Arts 
51 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6-8:30pm
 

April 11, 2016 | Symposium: Partition Stories: Myth, Media and Politics

April 11, 2016 
Albright University (Klein Lecture Hall), Reading, Pennsylvania
Speaking: Dr. Amber Abbas (St. Joseph's Unviersity), Dr. Debanji Bhattarcharyya (Drexel University), Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar (Albright University), Dr. Samira Mehta (Albright University), and The 1947 Partition Archive Founder and Director Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla.

November 18, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Wichita, Kansas)

CAC Theater 
Wichita State University 
November 18, 2015 @ 6:30pm
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November 19, 2015 | Free Oral History Workshop - Wichita State University

Thursday, November 19 from 6-7:30pm
Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

 

November 1, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Palo Alto, California)

CineArts Theatre 
3000 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California



 

February 18, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Stanford, California)

Stanford University
February 18, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make this event possible: Elaine Jones, Sucheta Korwar, and Yvonne Eadon.

 

September 17, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Milpitas, California)

Voices of Partition at KQED's Indian Summer Preview in Milpitas, CA. Panelists: Ali Shan and Ravindar Chopra.
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Thank you to the volunteers who helped make this event possible: Bomi Kim, Catherine Supnet, Elaine Jones, Graham Gilmore, Trinh Duong, Saba Taquir, and Yvonne Eadon.


April 23, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Santa Clara, California)

Location: The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University
Panelists: Dr. Vishin Jotwani, Saiyed Irfan Ahmad, Fauzia Parviz, Major Jagjit Singh, and Iram Nawaz (Citizen Historian).
Thank you the volunteers who helped make this event possible: Bomi Kim, Catherine Supnet, Elaine Jones, Graham Gilmore, and Trinh Duong.


April 4, 2015 | Voices of Partition (Seattle)

Join us along with the University of Washington's South Asia Center in Seattle, as we explore the 1947 Partition via storytelling by witnesses sharing their stories, story collectors sharing their experiences and academics sharing new insights.
Voices of Partition Seattle
Date:
April 4, 2015
Time: 10 am
Venue: Kane 225, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

We would like to thank the South Asia Center at the UW for hosting the event. We thank our hosts Archana Verma and Jeff Siddiqui, as well as the volunteers who helped make this event possible: Aarti Khanna, Hira Haqar, Sabika Makhdoom, Trinh Duong, Catherine Supnet, Elaine Jones, Rai Nauman Mumtaz, and Ramish Patel.

Voices of Partition at the University of Washington in Seattle

 

Nov 22, 2014 | Voices of Partition (Delhi)

Join us at the India Habitat Center in Delhi as we explore the 1947 Partition via storytelling by witnesses sharing their stories, story collectors sharing their experiences and academics sharing new insights.

Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: India Habitat Center, Delhi

 

Nov 7, 2014 | Stories of Survival (Berkeley)

Join us at the Berkeley Skydeck as we explore the 1947 Partition through a special screening of survivor footage followed by witnesses sharing their stories.

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Skydeck in Berkeley, CA


June 16, 2014 | Voices of Partition (Cupertino, California)

Location: India Community Center, Cupertino, California
Panelists include: Mr. Ali Shan, Dr. Om Juneja, Mrs. Raj Jaggi, Dr. Zafar Afaq Ansari, Dr. Vishin Jotwani, Dr. Ismat Kamal, and Mr. Madan Lal Ghai.


Dec 19, 2013 to January 31, 2014 | Witness Voice: Untold Stories of South Asia's Partition

Location: Online at IndieGoGo.
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July 27, 2013 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #12

Berkeley Skydeck, Berkeley, CA
Location: Online only, via Google Hangouts.
Registration: Pre-registration required. Click here.
Time: 7:00 pm PST

July 20, 2013 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #11

Berkeley Skydeck, Berkeley, CA
Location: Online only, via Google Hangouts.
Registration: Pre-registration required. Click here.
Time: 7:00 am PST

July 14, 2013 | Sevathon 2013

Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA Visit our Booth at Sevathon 2013.
Full Announcement: Sevathon 2013

June 22-23, 2013 | India Now 2013 Expo

Santa Clara Farigrounds, Santa Clara, CA
Expo: Visit our Booth at India Now 2013.
Full Announcement: India Now 2013

June 21, 2013 | North American South Asian Bar Association convention 2013

San Francisco, CA
Convention: Visit our Booth at NASABA 2013.
Full Announcement: NASABA 2013

June 9, 2013 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #10

Berkeley Skydeck, Berkeley, CA
Location: Online only, via Google Hangouts.
Registration: Pre-registration required. Click here.
Time: 3:00 pm PST

June 8, 2013 | The Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs Conference (OPEN 2013)

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
Expo: Visit our Booth at OPEN.
Full Announcement: OPEN SV 2013

May 17-18, 2013 | The Indus Entrepreneurs Conference (TIECON 2013)

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
Expo: Visit our Booth at the TieCon Expo. Booth courtesy TIE Silicon Valley.
Full Announcement: TIECON 2013

May 4, 2013 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #9

Berkeley Skydeck, Berkeley, CA
Location: Online only, via Google Hangouts.
Registration: Pre-registration required. Send email: info@1947Partitionarchive.org
Time: 8:30 am PST

April 18 - 19, 2013 | Partitions: Towards Transnational History of Twentieth Century Territorial Separatism

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Day 1: April 18 -- Partitions in Literature
Location: Levintal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

Day 2: April 19 -- Geneology and Implementations of a Political Idea
Location: Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
Audio Visual Presentation: 4:35pm by Archive staff Guneeta Singh Bhalla Full announcement: Stanford Partitions Conference

April 6, 2013 | Art for Partition

Berkeley Skydeck, University of California, Berkeley, CA Location: UC Berkeley Skydeck.

Schedule:

  • - 11:30 am - Benefit Luncheon with Dr. Bapsi Sidhwa, author "Cracking India"
  • - 2:00 pm - Understanding Partition with Dr. Roshni Rustomji (Sonoma State University) and Dr. Priya Satia (Stanford University)
  • - 4:00 pm - Film Screening, "Earth" based on "Cracking India"
  • - All Day - Benefit Art Auction

Full event announcement: Click Here

December 8, 2012 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #8

Berkeley Skydeck, Berkeley, CA
Location: UC Berkeley Skydeck. Online stream available.
Time: 1pm to 4pm.

October 27, 2012 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #7

Downtown Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
Location: Community Room of Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Next to Downtown Berkeley Bart. Online stream available.
Time: 2pm to 5pm.

June 24, 2012 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #6

Downtown Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
Location: Community Room of Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Next to Downtown Berkeley Bart. Online stream available.
Time: 5:30pm to 8pm.

April 29, 2012 | Indus Heritage Day

India Community Center, Milpitas, CA
Website: http://www.indiacc.org/indus_heritage_day
Details:We are excited to present this first annual celebration of ancient Indus River heritage and culture. This event is held in equal partnership with The 1947 Partition Archive, India Community Center in Milpitas, CA and the Pakistani American Cultural Center in San Jose, CA. Join us in discovering our shared histories.

March 16 - 31, 2012 | Exhibit: The State of Being So Divided

Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Details: The exhibit explores the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan as well as the 1971 Partition of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Four interview videos from The 1947 Partition Archive collection will be showing alongside artworks and other oral history collections.

March 31, 2012 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #5

Downtown Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
Location: Community Room of Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Next to Downtown Berkeley Bart.
Time: 5:30pm to 8pm.
Details: This workshop is required for all aspiring interviewers. The workshop will also be available remotely to those who choose to login via Skype. Please send a message via our contact form. The workshop covers proper etiquette, techniques for asking open ended questions, properly formulating questions, camera work and equipment usage and more. Learn about conducting oral histories in a group setting and meet other interviewers. Join us!

Nov 4 - 6, 2011 | Yuba City Nagar Kirtan

Terra Buena Gurdwara, Yuba City, CA
Details: Informational/awareness booth. Volunteers reach out to Partition survivors and the Sikh community in California's Central Valley. Visit our booth!

Nov 3 - 15, 2011 | Exhibit: The State of Being So Divided

VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
Details: The exhibit explores the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan as well as the 1971 Partition of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Four interview videos from The 1947 Partition Archive collection will be showing alongside artworks and other oral history collections.

September 3, 2011 | Pre-interview Oral History Workshop #4

Downtown Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
Location: Community Room of Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Next to Downtown Berkeley Bart.
Time: 1pm to 4pm.
Details: This workshop is required for all aspiring interviewers. The workshop will also be available remotely to those who choose to login via Skype. Please send a message via our contactform. The workshop covers proper etiquette, techniques for asking open ended questions, properly formulating questions, camera work and equipment usage and more. Learn about conducting oral histories in a group setting and meet other interviewers. Join us!

August 26, 2011 | Muslim Community Association Outreach

Muslim Community Association, San Jose, CA
Details: Informational/awareness booth. Volunteers reach out to Partition survivors and the Muslim community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit our booth!

July 17, 2011 | Sevathon

Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA Run or walk to support the collection of Partition stories. Sevathon 2011 is an all day event with activities and running/walking opportunities for all ages. Register today and support "The 1947 Partition Archive." Learn more: http://www.indiacc.org/sevathon<> Contact usto volunteer for this event!

June 26, 2011 | Basant Kite Flying Festival

Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA The Pakistani American Cultural Center and the India Community Center in Silicon Valley, CA present the Basant Kite Flying Festival. Enjoy a day of family fun and kite flying competitions. Stop by our booth to learn more about what we do and to sign up for our upcoming events and opportunities. Visit http://www.pacc-ca.org/ to learn more

April 17, 2011 | Vaisakhi Nagar Kiran

Fresno, CA Details:Informational booth. Interview sign-up opportunity for Partition survivors, migrants and witnesses in Fresno valley.

March 6, 11, 12, 2011 | Naatak's Jis Lahore: Nai Dekhya O Nai Jamyai Nai

San Jose, CA Details:A play on Partition produced by Naatak. The 1947 Partition Archive partnered with Naatak by facilitating a panel discussion with Partition survivors following each performance.