Cultural Intern Mamta Raichura has had a busy couple of months over at Sampad

I have been tasked with the responsibility of fundraising for our upcoming projects, meaning I was able to attend two fundraising fairs – one in London last year and one in Birmingham last week. These proved to be extremely valuable as I learnt important techniques for writing fundraising applications to Trusts, and how to ensure that project aims fit with Trusts’ criteria (which sometimes proves quite a challenge).

I have now completed applications for funds for our Partition Trail Project which is due to commence any moment.


Image: Creative Commons, via pimu (Dr GN Kazi, Flickr), licensed under CC BY 2.0.

About the project:

2017 is the UK-India year of culture as well as the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. When the British left India in 1947, in order to ease their retreat they divided the subcontinent into India and Pakistan. This caused a lot of tension, some of which still exists today. Many families migrated from the Indian subcontinent to the West Midlands (including Birmingham) to search for a better life. The aim of our project is to enable community cohesion. Those who were directly involved are now quite elderly, therefore the project will provide an important opportunity to identify and record heritage before it is too late to capture their memories. It also provides an opportunity for the diverse, multi-ethnic communities of the West Midlands, particularly children and young people, to learn about their cultural heritage. We will be focusing on first hand memories of Partition, the concept of changing national identity, the impact of migration, and the effects on the younger generation – the children and families affected indirectly by Partition.

Another application I am currently working on is an application for a Women’s project called Saakshi (meaning witness). This is a series of projects in which young and older women use creative processes to inspire and empower participants. (Projects include: Its My Story to Tell, Anon the Opera, Chai and Chat, and Kahaani.)

The projects Chai and Chat and It’s My Story to Tell will explore issues around identity and well-being, providing opportunities for professional development and creative expression including participation in platforms like Birmingham Readers & Writers Festival and Alchemy. We will invite inspirational speakers, initiate debate & intergenerational dialogue and encourage leadership.

Kahaani -an intergenerational photographic and film project – will provide young women scope to work with professional artists, also directly addressing the absence of women professional photographers from south Asian backgrounds in this region and nationally.

Anon the Opera written by Paralympic Games opening ceremony composer Errollyn Wallen will describe the secret journey of women that continue in the shadows telling heart-breaking stories. In partnership with WNO, Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Women’s Aid.

We hope that these opportunities will help individuals to grow, feel valued and create work they are proud of, as well as raise important issues within communities and hopefully strengthen those communities as well.


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