Adiverse culture is what forms the face of a country. But what is the history behind so many small communities that have settled here? ReReeti, an organisation that works towards revitalising museums and heritage sites, will be documenting the origin all that is pertinent to the existence of Cox Town’s Sindhi community in Bengaluru.
The Undivided Identities: Unknown Stories of Partition project aims to uncover how, during the Partition, non-Muslims from
For the documentary, the team is in touch with several people, including the
Funded by the Project 560 Grant from the India Foundation for Arts, the 20-minute documentary will be a mix of oral interviews, photographs and data collected from written documents. “It will talk about the history of the Sindhi colony, landmarks (past and present), people’s associations and memories of the colony and idea of home (then and now),” says Jain, adding that the Guru Mandir plays an important role in the community, as well as the Sindhi Association. “We have also been told about Sharda Lunch Home, a restaurant serving excellent coffee and vegetarian food to colony residents for a long time. Many have also mentioned fond memories of the
According to Jain, the history of Sindhi Colony in Cox Town connects Bengaluru to the Partition of India, showing its widespread effects across India. “The Sindhi population has been in the city for over 70 years now, and despite integrating and giving back to the wider community, has remained connected to the colony and traditions, festivals, and community events which bind the Sindhi community together. Everyone we have spoken to has felt that Sindhi Colony was a wonderful place to grow up, and is still a special part of Bengaluru,” she says.
Among some people Jain has spoken to, Machado’s tradition in the early days stood out. “Since many fathers were working overseas in the ‘80s, mothers would bring their children and their birthday cakes to Machado’s photography studio, light candles, and take photographs of the occasion. The photos were then sent by post to the fathers. This was their way of including their fathers in the celebrations,” says Jain.
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