Punjab Research Group

Indian Memory Project

Posted in Art, Digital resources, Photography by Pippa on February 17, 2014

The Indian Memory Project is a wonderful resource which features the Visual & Oral history of the Indian Subcontinent via family archives. Please follow the links to read the full text and see the pictures. These are just a selection of material relating to Punjab.

An avid sportswoman who managed several teams during the Asian Games 1982 – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/95/

Parveen Kaur (Arora) was born in the small hill town of Mussoorie, India in 1952. The ‘Arora’ family originally belonged to Rawalpindi, (now Pakistan), and moved to Mussourie during the Indo-Pak partition.

She served as an ad-hoc at Lady Irwin College and also had a brief stint at Miranda House. She finally got a permanent job at S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi in 1981. A year later, she became the manager of several teams at the Asian Games in 1982 which she believed was a great honour at her age. She also got married in 1984, a turbulent year marked with Anti-Sikh riots. The story of  how they survived the riots is another long one indeed.

She passed away, on February 4, 2011 and is fondly remembered by all the faculty, friends and family as one of the most zealous, interesting women and sports personalities of her time. The college has now instituted two yearly awards for ‘Outstanding Sports Person’ in her name.

The cockerel-fighter from Punjab who became one of Africa’s greatest cameramen – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/109/

Looking back over the 80 years, I wonder how, as a simple village boy from Punjab who never even finished school, did I end up in Africa, dodging bullets to make a living from shooting hundreds of kilometres of film in some of the world’s most dangerous regions.

I come from the proud martial family of the Sikhs. I do not know the exact date of my birth, although my passport says 25 October 1931, Baburpur, Punjab. At the time, births were not registered, and parents habitually exaggerated the ages of their children in order to get them into school early and so have their own hands free during the day. Baburpur, formerly called Retla (the place of sand), was renamed after Mughal Emperor Babur who had reportedly camped near our village for a few weeks.

The only non-white students of the batch – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/118/

British Religion in Number

Posted in Digital resources by Pippa on May 8, 2010

British Religion in Numbers, http://www.brin.ac.uk, has been officially launched. Please feel free to invite people to visit the site and explore the source catalogue, tables, charts, maps and text we have uploaded to date.

The site is (and always will be) a work in progress and we are still uploading data and commentaries, so please visit recurrently to see what we have added.

We also wanted to publicise the ‘blog’ feature (http://www.brin.ac.uk/news) and to encourage people to comment on the posts already made. Since we added this feature in January, we have posted 73 articles on new surveys and resources, research notes, and comments on news stories.
See further: http://www.brin.ac.uk/about/

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Andrew Whitehead – images and interviews

Posted in Digital resources by Pippa on May 8, 2010

SOAS Digital Archives and Special Collections

Posted in Digital resources by Pippa on February 16, 2010

 The Library, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK


“SOAS is a leader in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and our library with its Archives & Special Collections is the HEFCE-designated National Research Library for these regions of the world. We are in the process of putting our collections of rare manuscripts, books, photographs, audio and film material on-line, to be freely available for everyone. The first collection to be made available is the photographic archive of Christoph von Fuerer-Haimendorf (1909-1995). This collection is widely recognised as the world’s most comprehensive visual documentation of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas. […] This Web site is under continual development, so please check back frequently for new features.”

URL http://digital.info.soas.ac.uk/

Digital library on Sikhs launched

Posted in Digital resources by Pippa on August 27, 2009

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Pages of rare manuscripts, books, magazines , newspapers and photographs on the Sikhs and Punjab will be available at http://www.PanjabDigiLib. org on the Internet at Panjab Digital Library launched by the Nanakshahi Trust and the Research Institue ( SikhRi) today.

Since 2003 PDL has been selecting , collecting, preserving digitising texts regardless of script , language, religion , nationality etc.

“ Preservation of heritage, research and education have been victim of apathy in Punjabi. PDL is humble offering to people’ said Harinder singh , executive director SikhRI. Information in rare manuscripts and literature of the region can be accessed with the click of mouse.

A document on being digitised will be accessible long after the original ceases to exis . PDL developed Central digital archive in six years which allows electronic access to browsing data in seconds.

The digital library do away with barriers of conventional library.

PDL has been preserving over 25 lakh folios from 3,400 manuscripts, 2,200 book , 1,990 issues of periodicals ,3153 photographs 248,000 legal documents ‘ , said Gurvinder Asingh PDL’s US coordinator ,

Information on institutions like the SGPC, the DSGMC, Government Museum and Art Gallery , Chandigarh , Chief Khalsa Diwan Punjab Languages Department, Kurukshetra University , critical works of Prof Pritam Singh , Dr Man Singh Nirankari, Dr Kirpal Singh , Dr madanjit Kaur, and Prof Gurtej Singh are accessible at PDL.

It is non- profit , non- governmental set- up, devoted to preserving Punjab archives, said Gurnihal Singh Pirzada a director.

At least 50,000 pages were being added every week to the websit , said Davinder Pal Singh co- founder.

http://www.panjabdigilib.org/webuser/searches/mainpage.jsp If you have used the digital library, do leave some comments about it functions and usability.

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