An exhibition commemorating the centenary of Jallianwala Bagh
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and The Arts
and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) hosted the inauguration of
Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Exhibition (1919–2019)
last week. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ram
Bahadur Rai, president, IGNCA, PV Ramesh, director general,
National Archives of India, and Colonel Bogra, the grandson of Lala
Duni Chand, who was a part of the Municipal Corporation of
1919. Sachchidanand Joshi, member secretary, IGNCA and Kishwar
Desai, chairperson, TAACHT, joined them in lighting the lamp.
The exhibition focusses on the history of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in the form of newspaper reports and photographs from that time. All of these are put with a historical context of the events that led to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, and the horrific aftermath. This exhibition also tells the story of Punjab in 1919 in a new way—through its impact on people’s lives. The exhibition uses various installations and mediums to explore the tragedy that befell Amritsar on April 13, 1919 and the martial law that followed.
In his welcome address, Joshi paid his respects to the martyrs and stressed on how “Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims lost their lives together in Amritsar, and that is why Jallianwala Bagh is a reminder of India’s collective tragedy but also its unity and strength in times of crisis.”