PARDES - new song and music video supported by the project

'Pardes' is a song narrating pain, longing and hope to meet the lover again. It invokes a situation where we could all see ourselves longing for a glimpse of our beloved. The song is a blend of Hindustani ragas mixed with western sounds, while keeping intact the essence of Sufism in it.

'Pardes' was originally written and composed in 2015 by Saurav Sharma. Later, it was released on 25th June 2022 at the 'India-UK Creative Industries at 75' project's Live Performance showcase event in collaboration with Birmingham City University, PGDAV College, University of Delhi, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Innovate UK.

You can watch 'PARDES' by viewing here.

‘Sharing culture between India and UK will help in developing a new vision.’

A leading Indian newspaper recently mentions our project in an article which can be viewed here.

Below is a translation of the article from Hindi to English:

New Delhi (SNB). Sharing culture between India and UK will help in developing a new vision. Indian Co-Investigator (Co-I) of the project, Dr Vishal Chauhan, said that such projects help in learning about cultural changes globally and connecting with the Indian diaspora better. This project commemorates the 75th anniversary of Indian independence and is sponsored by the AHRC and UKRI. PGDAV College, University of Delhi, is the Indian partner of the project. Professor Krishna Sharma, the Principal of the PGDAV college, said they are pleased to be part of this project celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Festival of Freedom. During a webinar on the project, Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Rajinder Dudrah, discussed the core ideas and vision of the project. Julia Sizvak, the project coordinator, said this project aims to understand the people in India and the UK through art and culture.

(translation by Dr Vishal Chauhan)

The Changing Landscape of Indian Media

As part of the year-long celebrations marking 75 years of Indian Independance, Birmingham City University's Professor Rajinder Dudrah partnered with the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Symbiosis International University Pune, to host a week of events exploring 'The Changing Landscape of Indian Media' (2-6 May 2022). The week brought together academics, students, and industry professionals from India and the UK.

Full details of the programme of events can be accessed here.

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