Whilst growing up in London I was familiar with my family’s contribution to the Quit India movement, yet I was surrounded by the silence of Partition, the refugee status and the optimism and hope for the future. The silence spoke of the trauma and pain of this global event and I wanted to ensure that this period of history was not forgotten or swept under the carpet, like many aspects of British colonial history.
Nutkhut’s Defining Moments projects aim to mark significant historical anniversaries and moments in time which reflect on the rich and complex inter-relationship between Britain and South Asian communities. Never set eyes on the Land is the second in this series following the 2016 production of Dr Blighty exploring the story of wounded WW1 Indian soldiers who convalesced in the Royal Pavilion Brighton.
Never set eyes on the Land
takes its name from a line in W.H. Auden’s caustic poem, ‘Partition’, written 20 years after the boundary lines of the Sub-Continent were drawn up by a British civil servant.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Never set eyes on the Land’ brings together a multi-disciplinary team of leading artists, pre-eminent UK outdoor arts festivals, academics, specialists in participatory arts, heritage experts, archivists and educationalists, working towards a shared objective.
"At the heart of this project is an ambition to bring this story to a wider public through personal testimony and individual stories."
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