Panel Discussion on Partition: Memory and Memorialisation

This panel discussion centres on conversations with noted writers, filmmakers and scholars to examine the history of the Partition, its multiple narrative strains and the aftermath as lived through memory.

Ages: 12 years+ |  Date: August 15, 2020  |  Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm IST (10:30 am to 11:30 am GMT)


Siddhartha Sharma is an author, journalist and historian, known for the novels The Grasshopper’s Run and Year of the Weeds and the nonfiction book Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of India. His new novel, Twilight in a Knotted World, will be released shortly.






Kamla Bhasin  social scientist by training, Kamla Bhasin has been actively engaged with issues related to development, gender, education, media and others since 1970. Currently, she works with Sangat – A Feminist Network as Adviser as well as JAGORI, A Women’s Resource and Training Centre and Jagori Rural Charitable Trust as an active member. She is the South Asia Coordinator of One Billion Rising, a global campaign to end violence against women and girls; Co-Chair of the worldwide network Peace Women Across the Globe; and member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR). Prior to this, she worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for 27 years.

Mallika Ahluwalia is the CEO, curator & co-founder of the world’s first Partition Museum, which opened in 2017. It is a people’s museum that houses one of the largest collections of Partition memories. She was recently awarded the Times She UnLTD Entrepreneur award for her work in setting up the Partition Museum. She has also received “Excellence in Customer Experience” award by InfoComm India summit, Excellence Award by Conde Nast Traveller, and an ASEAN-India Youth Achiever Award. She is the author of, “Divided by Partition, United by Resilience: 21 inspirational stories from 1947”.


Santosh Sivan is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his work in Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi cinema. Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of cinematographers and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India. Santosh became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and twenty one international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema in 2014.