‘Yatra’ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning journey.
‘Gujarati Yatra’ refers to the journey made by people from their original homeland in Gujarat on the west coast of India, to the south and east of Africa and finally on to Britain and other western countries.
This exhibition tells the stories of the individuals and communities who made this journey, through their objects and oral histories.
Their stories also reveal the art, language, literature, food and religion of the Gujarati people and how these were preserved and adapted in different cultures. The history of the Gujarati Yatra is intertwined with, and helps us understand, changes in politics, trade, business, education and migration from the period before British rule in India to the present day.
Gujarati Yatra: journey of a people is on display at the Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower from Tuesday 14 November 2017 to Saturday 14 April 2018. The exhibition is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm (except public holidays and 23 - 26 December 2017). Entrance to the exhibition is free.
The exhibition is inspired by Subrang Arts, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and curated by Rolf Killius and Lata Desai in partnership with the Museum of Croydon.