South Asian Heritage Month
South Asian Heritage Month first took place in 2020 and runs from 18th July to 17th August each year. SAHM seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories and communities. It seeks to understand the diverse heritage and cultures that continue to link the UK with South Asia.
The month begins on 18th July, the date that the Indian Independence Act 1947 gained royal assent from King George VI, and ends on the 17th of August, the date that the Radcliffe Line was published in 1947, which finally set out where the border between India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) would be.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka all make up South Asian nations. Every single one of those countries has been hugely impacted by its relationship with Britain, primarily through war, colonisation, and ultimately via the British Empire. People of South Asian heritage are a significant part of the British population, with about 1 in every 20 people in the country being of South Asian heritage.
South Asian Heritage Month aims to transform how people connect with South Asian culture and identity in three simple ways; Through the celebration of arts, culture and heritage, the commemoration of South Asian history and ultimately through education.
The team host a number of events throughout the year celebrating South Asian heritage through art, literature, exhibitions, history and more.
Find out how you can get involved and what events are currently taking place here:
You can also watch a short research film called 'Grey side of the sky' which explores the journey of 3 British Asian women and their life in Buckinghamshire. Story Teller: Mahuya Kanjilal (cultureunplugged.com)