Komagata Maru 2015 Anniversary: May 23-27


HEADLINES KOMAGATA MARU2015 is the 101st anniversary of the Komagata Maru.

On May 23, SFU is updating their website, www.komagatamarujourney.ca with 50 new photographs, publishing a lost diary of J Edward Bird (the lawyer for the Komagata Maru passengers), newly digitized Ghadar Party documents (in Punjabi and English) and videos that deeply detail the story of the Komagata Maru and Mewa Singh.

Also on May 23, from 1-3 p.m., there is a reception at the Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park (1199 Cordova Street, Vancouver). A variety of guest speakers will talk about the importance of the anniversary followed by a moment of silence.

On May 24, from 1-4 p.m., there is a seminar entitled “Komagata Maru: Kal, Kala + Kahani” at the Komagata Maru Museum at Ross Street Gurdwara (8000 Ross Street, Vancouver). The seminar looks at the importance of the Komagata Maru legacy through art, storytelling and its importance to our present and future. Speakers include Dr. Renisa Mawani, Satwinder Bains, Nadeem Kulwant Parmar, Harbhajan Gill, Renee Saklikar, Raghuvendra Rao, Sadhu Binning and Milan Singh.

On May 26, an exhibition entitled “The Worlds Within: Archival Fantasies” opens at SFU Woodwards. It features artwork by renowned graphic designer and painter Orijit Sen who has re-imagined archival photographs of the Komagata Maru by overlaying images, stories and landscapes of Punjab.

On May 27, from 5:30-7 p.m., Nadeem Kulwant Parmar and Naveen Girn will be leading a Walking Tour through the streets of Downtown Vancouver and highlighting the sites and spaces of our city that still echo with the story of the Komagata Maru. They will start their tour at the Komagata Maru Memorial (1199 Cordova Street, Vancouver).

All the events are free.

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