Huddersfield’s Big Masala Tea Party

On Saturday 12th August we held our community event to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of India into the independent nations of India and Pakistan.

It was a chance for the community to come together, have a cup of chai and a samosa and experience some wonderful music, dance and performance. Mandeep Samra unveiled her new installation based on people’s memories of partition and Iqbal Husain from The National Archives in London shared maps and photographs, answering questions about partition. The Chol Company performed an emotive piece, taking the audience on a journey exploring the idea of physical boundaries with the memories of those involved in the largest mass migration in history.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre courtyard transformed into an Indian tea garden. The community had chai and joined in the brilliant bhangra dancing performed by Hardeep Sahota. The afternoon was infused with the earth-inspired sounds of Vijay Venkat’s bansoori flute and his violin created the emotive soundtrack to Chol’s performance of ‘Drawing the Line’ performed by the fantastic Community Cast. The event explored hope and humility demonstrating how diversity can also bring people together.