Punjab Research Group

Looking for Participants for PSBT TV Documentary on the topic of Hair/Sikh Faith/Punjabi Culture

Posted in Chandigarh, Film by harjant on June 20, 2010

We are looking for historians, academics and researchers based in or around Punjab to discuss the topic of hair, Sikh Faith and Punjabi Culture. Diverse views and opinions are welcomed.  Roots (working title) is a short documentary commissioned by PSBT for Doordarshan TV channel.

To participate please contact director Harjant S. Gill: Harjant@gmail.com, 91-9878318348

Filming will take place in and around Chandigarh next month (July).

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India Week Play and Poems “Indian Interludes”

Posted in Events by Pippa on June 3, 2010

The idea of Punjabiyat by Pritam Singh

Posted in Articles by Pippa on June 3, 2010

Despite fragmentation for centuries, the Punjabi identity today is engaged in a remarkably active attempt at consolidation.

For a community that has experienced such fragmentation through the centuries, the Punjabi identity today is engaged in a remarkably active attempt at consolidation.

The moment we use the word Punjabiyat, it suggests a reference simultaneously to something that is very tangible while still elusive. This dual character opens the term to many imaginations and possibilities. Is Punjabiyat a concrete socio-political reality, a project, a movement in process, something in the making, a mere idea floated by some ivory-tower intellectuals and literary figures, a wishful dream of some Indo-Pakistani pacifists, a seductive fantasy of some Punjabi nationalists, a secular utopia envisioned by leftist nationalists, a business plan of market-seeking capitalists, or a dangerous regionalism dreaded by the nation states of India and Pakistan?
Read full article: http://www.himalmag.com/read.php?id=4516

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Asian Enough?

Posted in New Publications, News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on June 3, 2010

Tindal Street Press is excited to announce that submissions are now open for a new anthology of British Asian writing.

Working title Asian Enough? is an anthology of short stories, to be edited by Tindal Street author Kavita Bhanot, which will be published in October 2011.

Kavita says of the project:

“This anthology is not a disparate collection of literary stories by writers who identify themselves as British and Asian, but a recognition that we share something in common, whether it is influence, experience, or the expectations of others. It is also a protest, a shared agenda to resist these expectations and pressures.
If you identify yourself as British Asian send one story only, by email, with a short covering letter, to rikhi@tindalstreet.co.uk, with the subject heading: British Asian Anthology

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2010
Final Selection: October 2010
Publication: October 2011
Further details: http://www.tindalstreet.co.uk/news/call-for-submissions-for-a-new-anthology-of-britis/

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz – Birth Centenary – 1911-2011

Posted in Articles, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on June 3, 2010

A statement by Progressive Writers Association (PWA)
Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the most prominent poets of the Indian sub-continent who won unparalleled global acclaim. He symbolised all that is humane, dignified, refined, brave and challenging in Pakistani society. His poetry written in Urdu and Punjabi reflects his intellectual resentment and resistance against an unjust and archaic social order which he rejects on rational grounds as anti human; yet it has no bitterness. He remains loving and loveable, respected and respectful.

Faiz’s poetry articulates the aspirations, anguish, pain and suffering of not only the people of Pakistan but that of the whole world, as well as their unremitting resolve to create a better and just society. His was the voice of sanity, for he sought peace in a troubled world.
Read full article:Faiz Ahmed Faiz centenary celebrations
Link to website: http://www.viewpointonline.net/fullstory.php?t=Faiz

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Bharat Britain: South Asians Making Britain, 1870-1950

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 3, 2010

13/14 September 2010
British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London

This major international conference marks the culmination of the AHRC-funded project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’, led by the Open University in collaboration with the University of Oxford and King’s College, London. ‘Bharat Britain’ will showcase new research from distinguished scholars, curators and writers worldwide. Held in partnership with the British Library, it will explore the manifold ways in which South Asians impacted on the formation of Britain’s cultural and political life prior to Independence and Partition in 1947.

‘Bharat Britain’ will map the various networks and affiliations South Asians and Britons formed across boundaries of ‘race’, ‘nation’, ‘culture’ and ‘class’, setting up connections which were to anticipate the shape of things to come. The conference will add historical depth and breadth to our present-day readings of ‘diaspora’ and ‘migration’, and counter the common perception that a British monoculture only began to diversify after the Second World War.

• Opening of panel exhibition ‘South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1950’, which will then tour the UK.
• Launch of online interactive database comprising several hundred entries on South Asians in Britain.

For further details and the programme, please go to: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/south-asians-making-britain/conference.htm

Amarjit Chandan

Posted in Articles, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on June 3, 2010

Since moving to London in 1980 after serving two years in solitary confinement for his role in the first Naxalite uprising in India, Amarjit Chandan has become one of today’s most celebrated Punjabi poets, with a large following both in India and among the Indian diaspora in Britain and across the globe.

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion selected him as one of the 10 British poets for the National Poetry Day in 2001 and his work has appeared in translation in scores of journals and magazines.

A short poem, Far Away On A Distant Planet, has been carved in 40-foot granite by Alec Peever and installed in Slough High Street square, both in Punjabi and English translation.
Read full article: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/91058

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