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  1. Sahmat's Beginnings

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    In 1989, playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was fatally attacked by political thugs while performing a street play outside of Delhi. His death led to the founding of Sahmat. Learn more…

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    • Muktnaad

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      In the wake of the destruction of the Babri Masjid, Sahmat organized Muktnaad, a nightlong program of music and dance on the banks of the Sarayu River in Ayodhya, in an effort to break the siege of…

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      • Sufi-Bhakti Traditions

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        After the destruction of Babri Masjid in India, Sahmat draws on the medieval Sufi-Bhakti poetry and musical tradition to reflect the complex fabric of India's culture. Learn more about Sahmat…

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        • Art On The Move

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          Sahmat works with emerging artists in India to make mobile works from humble, ready-made pushcarts and rickshaws. Learn more about Sahmat at http://ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/

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          • Hum Sab Ayodhya

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            In the aftermath of the destruction of the Babri Masjid, Sahmat produces the exhibition kit Hum Sab Ayodhya (We are All Ayodhya) and explores the multifaceted history, geography, culture, and life…

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            • M.F. Husain

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              M.F. Husain, the "Picasso of India," is forced into exile after hardline Hindus orchestrated a wide-ranging campaign against him in response to his painting Hindu goddesses in the nude.…

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              • On Performance

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                Through the performing arts, Sahmat has brought people together while celebrating the diversity of India's cultural history. Learn more about Sahmat at http://ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/

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                • Sahmat's Legacy

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                  What is Sahmat's legacy? What impact has it had on contemporary Indian society and artistic practice? Learn more about Sahmat at http://ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/

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                  • Slogans for Communal Harmony

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                    After the destruction of Babri Masjid in India, Sahmat draws on the medieval Sufi-Bhakti poetry and musical tradition to reflect the complex fabric of India's culture. Learn more about Sahmat…

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                    • The Making of India

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                      In the 2004 exhibition The Making of India, Sahmat engaged with artists to rethink the country's cultural and political histories. Learn more about Sahmat at http://ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/

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                      • Sahmat's Tributes to M.F. Husain

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                        The fight for freedom of expression and Sahmat's tributes to M. F. Husain, "the Picasso of India." Learn more about Sahmat: http://ackland.org/exhibition/sahmat/

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                        • Ways of Resisting

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                          Sahmat's exhibition Ways of Resisting spotlighted art made during a volatile decade of sectarian and communal violence in India, between the 1992 destruction of the Babri Masjid and the 2002…

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