Projects - Partition: Children of Independence Project

On 15th August 1947 as the clock struck midnight, the legendary Shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan played the first notes of a hopeful and moving raag, as one country, as the stroke of a pen, became two.

Inspired by that moment, this multimedia project and performance explores the Partition of India and its impact and legacy 70 years on: the joy of independence from British rule, the displacement of millions in the largest mass migration in human history and the sheer terror of sectarian violence in which as many as one million civilians died.  Featuring the Tar Shehnai of Kirpal Singh Panesar supported by a host of musicians and sound artists.

Produced by South Asian Arts-uk and Opera North Projects

South Asian Arts-uk gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation

For further information about this performance contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 or email