Battles for Freedom
Develop a story spotlighting the significance of known or lesser known uprisings, protests, conflicts & battles which shaped the freedom-movement.
The Traffic of Trade
Investigate India’s role in world-history through the lens of trade and inter-ocean exchanges - the history of Traders and Trading communities; businesses, commodity culture & cultural influences that have shaped us.
Dedicate your stories to tourists and those exploring India; Give a spin to erstwhile travel writers’ reflections of India, Create your own culture/heritage routes or show us your neighbourhood / city through a photo-essay.
Reclaiming the Past
Reel Vs. Real : how do we interpret the portrayal of India, its people, craftsmanship, culture etc. through the paintings, photos archives, prints, & retell the stories through the lens of our shared experiences? How do we counter colonial legacies of privilege & power ?
In the years after India’s Independence, what has been the role of visual & performing arts or cinema in building “India” or in cultivating our sense of belonging? In your stories, stir up some nostalgia and celebrate the iconic milestones in art or people who defined 20th century culture.
From Colonial to National
Several sites and institutions “underwent changes in name, designation, and use through the early decades of India as a modern nation”. In your stories, trace the history of these places, and deliberate on the significance of change.
Shaping the Nation
The 200 year old freedom struggle witnessed countless sacrifices and contributions by the people of the subcontinent. Soldiers, Traders, Adivasis, Writers, School Students, Political Activists …Celebrate these ‘Incredible Indians’ in your stories!
The jubilation of Independence was followed by the horrors of a tragic partition and Gandhi’s death. In your stories, turn the spotlight to the 1950s in India and the making of a Republic. The first elections, the first IITs, land reforms - delve into the hopes, aspirations and anxieties of a new nation.
is on view from 23 July -18 September 2022 at the Indian Museum, Kolkata.