Chairperson of Partition Museum, Lady Kishwar Desai, Wins UK-India Media, Arts, and Culture Award, Listed Amongst Top 100 Influential Persons in India-UK
London: The Chairperson of Partition Museum was listed amongst the top 100 influencers in India- UK relations. She won the Media Arts and Culture Award for The Partition Museum at the second annual awards UK-India awards, 2018.
Lady Kishwar Desai, The Chairperson of The India Arts and Cultural Heritage trust ( TAACHT ) was awarded the Media, Arts and Culture Award at the annual UK-India Awards 2018 in London on 22 June 2018, for her work in establishing the Partition Museum. The decision was made by an eminent jury from India and UK including Lord Jonathan Marland, Chair, Commonwealth and Enterprise Council ( CWIEC) Sunil Mittal, Founder and Chair of Bharti Enterprises, Rt Hon Priti Patel, MP, and Hon Barry Gardener, MP. It was presented at a glittering ceremony in London by Baroness Usha Parashar and acclaimed poet, Prasoon Joshi. Other shortlisted contenders for this prestigious award included BBC News Indian Languages, Science Museum and, James Erskine 200 Not Out Films and Carnival Cinemas. The Partition Museum won the award in recognition of its path-breaking work as the world’s first and only Museum and memorial to the Partition. The annual UK-India Awards 2018, aims to celebrate innovative and path-breaking individuals and organisations that are making a significant impact on the global partnership between the UK and India. They are awarded by India Incorporated, a leading UK-based media and publishing house, helmed by the dynamic Manoj Ladwa. She was also listed amongst the top 100 influential people in India and UK.
Responding to the announcement, Lady Desai thanked the Partition Museum team and all its supporters.”Many thanks to all who have brought us so far and helped us preserve the memories and history of all those who lost so much during Partition. We will never forget you. This is your story being heard across the world, including here in the UK. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported this effort, especially the Punjab government. We will continue to work in different areas for preserving the history and culture of India, especially Punjab —and Amritsar, a city very close to all our hearts.”
Suhel Seth, a strong supporter of the Partition Museum, acclaimed author and ad guru, who was present at the awards ceremony said : “ The Partition Museum is special because history can never be obliterated and this generation owes it to future generations to examine history in the context of one thing: how humanity suffered and how it rose again in the wake of unimaginable tragedy and pain. The Partition Museum is a celebration of human triumph.”
Lady Desai has been actively working on contemporary Indo British history for many years and has just written a book on Jallianwala Bagh. Many eminent personalities and volunteers have come together to work on the Partition Museum, and continue to contribute towards it. She has built partnerships with archives/ universities across India and the UK. The Partition Museum opened in August 2017 in Town Hall, Amritsar, to an overwhelming response.