Partition Interrupted: Finding Punjabi Across Scripts

13 June Partition Interrupted Finding Punjabi Across Scripts

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The role of scripts during the Partition of India

The scripts we use to write are not free of politics nor cultural and social influences. This event explores the politics of Punjabi language writing in the decades preceding the Partition of India. In this period new literary work in diverse genres, across scripts, and targeting diverse communities, emerged in journals like Prīt Laṛī (Chain of Love, founded 1933), which sought to articulate a vision of the Punjabiyat or ‘Punjabiness’  that cut across linguistic and religious borders.  

Academic Churnjeet Mahn is joined by Professor Anne Murphy (Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia) as well as Samia Singh and Ratika Singh (both from Preet Nagar where Prit Lari was founded and is still published) and artist, Raghavendra Rao KV, to look at the role script played in the founding of the Prīt Laṛī.

Churnjeet Mahn is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is currently working on a research grant called Creative Interruptions (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) which explores creative forms of resistance in postcolonial settings. 

Anne Murphy, Assoc. Professor, Asian Studies and Co-Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research, UBC, is pursuing a multi-year research project on the emergence of modern Punjabi literature in the late colonial period, across scripts, and Punjabi’s literary trajectory in India, Pakistan and the Diaspora post-1947. The project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Samia Singh, an artist and a graphic designer based in Punjab, India studied Visual Communication at Srishti, Bangalore, India (2010) and won a scholarship to study printmaking at Il-Bisonte Instituto de Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy (2013). She was Associate Art Director at Tehelka magazine (2010-13) and Creative Director for No. 3 Clive Road (2016-18). Samia recently represented India in Door to Asia, a design entrepreneurship think tank for Tsunami affected businesses in Japan, supported by the Japan Foundation.

Ratika Singh, a photographer and filmmaker based out of Punjab, India, studied filmmaking and memory lab studies at Srishti, Bangalore, India (2014). She was among the students selected for a residency and her resulting work was exhibited as part of Kochi Muziris Biennale (2012).  Her film Basheera was selected for the International Association of Women In Radio and Television ’s Film Festival 2015, screened in India and Taiwan.

Raghavendra Rao KV is a visual artist living in Vancouver, and was born and raised in Bangalore, India. He studied painting at Ken School of Art in Bangalore in 1990. He has participated in various international artist residencies in Switzerland, Scotland and Mauritius. He taught art and design at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore from 1997 till 2012.

Image: Preet Lari,1937


Name: Partition Interrupted: Finding Punjabi Across Scripts
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