Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Lecture/demonstration on “Partition of India - 1947” by Ms. Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Professor of Art (Photography), Director of the Center for the Humanities and 2015-17 Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, 20th January, 2016 at 6.30 PM. Ms. Pervin Verma and Dr. S K Bulchandani participated as panelists and presented their views. Mr. Chiranjeev Singh, Former Ambassador of India to UNESCO in Paris & Former Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka chaired and moderated the discussion. This event was supported by Sindhi Culture Foundation.
Ms. Annu Matthew through photo animations and power point presentation unveiled the turmoils of families impacted by the Partition of India in 1947. During the time of partition about 12 million people were displaced within three months and over a million people died. She expressed deep regrets for not having a memorial about the partition. There is very little for the public to understand and commemorate those impacted by this tragedy.
The presentation of Ms. Annu Matthew was built on the way old images reignite memories and, like a time machine, took the audience back to a different time. The ephemeral animations are built from old family photographs combined with recent photographs of three or more generations and added excerpts narrating the families’ experience allows the viewer to ponder the past and its continuing consequences.
Dr. S K Bulchandani who has seen personally the impacts of the partition expressed his tragic experiences. Ms. Pervin Verma also spoke on the same vein. Mr. Chiranjeev Singh who chaired and moderated the discussion spoke about the way the partition impacted upon the social and cultural milieu of Bengal and Punjab.
The event was well attended.