Discover South Asia: Passport Cultural Series

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Discover South Asia: Passport Cultural Series #2

Memoirs of growing up in British Punjab and the challenge and adventure of coming to America in the 1950s will be presented by Kanta Bhatia April 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. as part of Chester County Historical Society’s Passport Cultural Series. The programs accompany CCHS’s exhibit Many Nations | Chester County that celebrates diversity in Chester County. The exhibit explores migration to the county by people from across the globe beginning in the 1680s.

Bhatia will expand on her autobiography A Journey Alone: Recollections of a Hindu Daughter. “We have many memoirs of British ladies in India; I’m happy now to have so fine a memoir of an accomplished Indian as a woman and professional in America. Her memories of growing up in British Punjab are detailed, charming, and eerily suggestive of the broader social and political currents of the 20th century," writes Michael Meister, W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Historians Carl an Dorothy Schneider add, "She can claim triple citizenship: citizen of India by heritage, birth and upbringing; citizen of the United States by painful choice; and citizen of the world by career.”

Traditional music and light faire will be part of this a family-friendly glimpse into the South Asian subcontinent. Galleries will remain open for tours. 

This is the second in the Passport Cultural Series of six programs. They are sponsored by PECO; Dr. Mian Jan Scholarship Fund; West Chester Downtown Foundation; Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Historical Commission.

More about the speaker:

Kanta Bhatia grew up in British Punjab. When it became Pakistan in 1947, her family relocated to India. Despite this upheaval, education remained significant to the Bhatia family. Her father, Prabhu Dayal Bhatia, established a school in the 1950s for girls and boys in Delhi. In 1957, Kanta Bhatia came to the United States and completed a Master's Degree at Simmons College. She subsequently put her talents to use at the Bryn Mawr College library and then at the University of Pennsylvania where she was the South Asian bibliographer. Bhatia traveled throughout South Asia to compile one of the largest South Asian collections at the University. To Bhatia’s professional credits can be added serving as a consultant for the Library of Congress, Indira Gandhi National Center of the Arts, New Delhi, and serving as Director of the Pahlavi University Library in Shiraz, Iran.



Dr. Mian Jan Scholarship Fund; West Chester Downtown Foundation; Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Historical Commission