Spoken truth to Power amplifies South Asian Spoken word artists across borders. Through original poetry, performance, and discussion with special guests, we explore cultural themes through a South Asian lens. At a time of increasing division and polarisation, we build creative bridges between the diaspora of South Asian artists, and challenge many of our differences through the power of art. Stay tuned for episodes that deal with identity, collective mental health, intergenerational trauma, hope and the diaspora.
Remix: Let's make and break some poems
Listen to a poetry workshop delivered by Adrian Earles, also known as Think, Write, Fly. Adrian takes you through short snappy exercises to get the writing muscles warmed up and stimulate poem making. Adrian uses the language and ideas of beat making and musical production to build tools that will free you as a writer to take on ANYTHING! This workshop was hosted by Culture Studio & Aik Saath in Feb 2021. We have made Adrian’s delivery available for you to enjoy!
How can we find hope?
How can we find hope in these challenging times, and what can we do to begin the process of healing? In this episode, two women from Delhi, Deepa Kumar (Social media marketing manager) and Moby Sara Zachariah (Heritage walk leader) leave moving voice notes reflecting about the world around them during the pandemic. British MP, Tan Dhesi talk about the different strands of mental health that he campaigns for. Dr Roshni Beeharry talks about the importance of creative writing to cope with negative feelings.
What is intergenerational trauma?
CW/TW: This episode contains discussion of multiple forms of trauma, including Intergenerational trauma and mental health.
What is intergenerational trauma? How does trauma genetically transfer from one generation to another? Join Daljeet and Dr Rima Lamba, Clinical director at Blue River Psychology and specialist in South Asian women’s mental health, about intergenerational mental health. We also discuss how the pandemic has exacerbated mental health inequalities amongst ethnic minorities in the UK.
Why was the psychological impact of the Partition of India overlooked?
The Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 caused the largest forced migration in human history, displacing 15 million people and leading to the death of at least a million people. Unlike the Holocaust in Germany, the impact of intergenerational impact of the Partition has not been explored enough. Daljeet talks to Professor Sarah Ansari about colonial narratives, fragmentation of identities, and the impact of Partition on women plus why it's overlooked in history.
How does the experience of our ancestors shape us?
CW/TW: Discussion of intergenerational mental health, and trauma experienced by women.
What happens when you invite two South Asian artists who have never met before, to write a poem across borders about the theme of intergenerational mental health? They both write about how their grandmothers shaped their identity.
Shagufta Iqbal performs her poem "Flooding", Megha Rao performs her poem "Homegrown Blade", followed by a conversation hosted by Daljeet, about grandmothers, land, borders and Identity.
What is the connection between War, Virus and Collective Mental Health?
CW/TW: Discussion of sexual assault and violence against women, racial discrimination.
In the UK we were reminded to tap into the Wartime spirit and British resolve to help us cope with the disruption and loss that the pandemic brought. In her monologue – "War, Virus and Collective Mental Health" –Daljeet contemplates the metaphors of war and coronavirus and the impact that the Partition of India (a significant historical event that followed World War II) had on women through her poem "Soil".