Gujarati Yatra: journey of a people.
Curated by Lata Desai and Rolf Killius
Inspired by the community organisation Subrang Arts and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund
‘Yatra’ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning journey or pilgrimage.
‘Gujarati Yatra’ refers to the journey made by people from their original homeland in Gujarat on the west coast of India, to the south and east of Africa and finally on to Britain and other western countries.
This exhibition tells the stories of the individuals and communities who made this journey, through their objects and oral histories.
These stories also reveal the art, language, literature, food and religion of the Gujarati people and how these were preserved and adapted in different cultures. The history of the Gujarati Yatra is intertwined with, and helps us understand, changes in politics, trade, business, education and migration from the period before British rule in India to the present day.
'Gujarati Yatra; journey of a people' the exhibition showing at the Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower from 14 November 2017 – 14 April 2018, Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5pm (except public holidays).
Entrance to the exhibition is free.