UK/India Year of Culture
Posted on 24th November 2017
This year we celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day and here in the UK there has been a great feast of Indian culture for all to enjoy. The UK/India 2017 season from the British Council has showcased the best of arts and culture from both the UK and India with a wide range of events and exhibitions throughout the year. At the cinema there’s been ‘Downton-in-Delhi’ dramas Viceroy’s House and Victoria & Abdul, and on the small screen the BBC has explored the legacy of the Partition. Although the year is coming to an end, there are still fantastic events and exhibitions to see and enjoy.
The University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden has held a huge series of events, installations and exhibitions over the past year that revolve around Indian culture, history and science. Another India explores the tangled histories of artefacts from minority populations in India and how they came to be in the collections in Cambridge. Over 100 artefacts are on show: some of which have never been displayed before. Another India runs to 22 April 2018, with other exhibitions in the season on until February and September 2018.
The BBC marked the 70th anniversary with a series of programmes that explored the what happened in 1947 and the legacy of the Partition. “My Family, Partition and Me” followed three families who lived in India at the time of the Partition and how the impact has been felt throughout the generations. The emotional documentary series is available to watch online.
A series of exhibitions at the Science Museum, London that celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics. Through photography, film screenings, music and dance performances and lectures with experts, the varied events aim to highlight the diverse scientific and cultural fabric of India.