Indian Independence & Partition


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'The Day India Burned' explores the bitter truth of the partition of India in 1947. Pakistan became an Islamic state whereas India became secular. Only way Indians can live peacefully is by promoting communal harmony and sense of brotherhood.



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The Partition of India occurred over 70 years ago in 1947 and was the largest human displacement - of nearly 14 million people - ever seen. While history recorded this event, a more intimate history of people who witnessed and survived this violent time has remained largely invisible - until recently. You’re invited to join the 1947 Partition Archive, Noorani Dance and EnActe Arts to learn more about this history of the people. Importantly, ahead of the upcoming 2018 Bay Area premiere of Enacte Arts’ stage musical “The Parting,” join Partition survivors and theater artists for a fireside chat and exclusive curtain-raiser of the show.




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Anita Rani presents the extraordinary and emotional stories of three British families - one Muslim, one Hindu and one British colonial - who lived in India 70 years ago, at the time of Partition. Binita Kane travels to Bangladesh to discover what happened when her Hindu father Bim had to flee his ancestral village as a young boy. Mandy Duke travels to Calcutta, scene of some of the worst partition violence, to uncover the amazing story of her grandfather Arthur Wise, who filmed there as violence broke out. And Asad Ali Syed and his grandson Sameer, two British Muslims with Pakistani heritage, journey to the Indian town of Ambala, to search for the house where Asad was born before his family were forced to flee to Pakistan.






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Anita Rani presents the second episode of a two-part documentary series marking the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Anita begins her own partition journey as she and her mother Lucky become the first members of their family to return to what is now Pakistan since the Partition of India. In the Punjabi village where her Sikh grandfather's first family were slaughtered, Anita meets locals who were eyewitnesses to that terrible event. Across the border in India, Sameer Butt retraces the epic train journey across the Punjab to Pakistan which his seven-year-old Muslim grandfather Asad and his family took in 1947. Binita Kane explores how her Hindu family managed to escape the violence that engulfed their Bengali village, as well as the perils they faced as refugees.




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Ten-year-old Sumayyah, 11-year-old Shubhashukla and nine-year-old Kamolpriya are on the mission of a lifetime to find out what happened to their families during Indian Partition 70 years ago. They travel from the UK to India and Bangladesh to recreate the journey their families made in 1947, and discover amazing stories of strength and survival along the way.