Migrant Songs: Music and Migration in South Asia

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Find out how migrants from South Asia have captured their experiences in songs and poetry

Migration has been one of the biggest stories of recent centuries. People have left, if not fled from their homes, crossed multiple borders, terrains, rough seas and oceans in the most dangerous of circumstances to arrive in foreign and often unwelcoming and hostile shores on account of wars, famine, environmental disasters and other forms of displacement. 

Although many journalists, photographers and writers have captured some of these stories we have little from the migrants themselves. What emotions did they experience during that journey? What were their moments of fear and hope, and how did they express it? 

This talk will use rare and ephemeral texts in Bengali and Assamese in the British Library South Asia collection, particularly from the digitised collection of the Two Centuries of Indian Print project, to explore the creative life-world of migrants. Curator Dr Layli Uddin will look at the poetry and songs produced by migrants from the early 20th century to the present, and explore how they narrated their fears, hopes, happiness and sadness as they left their lives and homes behind to forge new beginnings and worlds.

Please bring your packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.


Name: Migrant Songs: Music and Migration in South Asia
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Member: £4.00
Senior 60+: £4.50
Student: £4.00
Registered Unemployed: £4.00
Under 18: £4.00
Friend of the British Library: £4.00
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