An Awesome idea to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent next year was launched by the Max Muller Bhavan/ Goethe-Institute of India. Marcus Lutz, the director of Goethe-Institut, said that the Goethe-Instituts of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, were planning to publish the Partition Anthology. Tele-film “Thandi Deewarein” (Cold Walls) tackles trials and tribulations of those uprooted from hearth and home during the Partition riots in 1947. The movie depicts the trauma of seven million families on each side of the divide who saw their next-of-kin killed mercilessly. It also shows the abduction carried out by both warring factions.
The tele-film was screened at the Goethe Institut on the evening of November 29 with the view to introduce the project “The Partition Anthology”. This work will be published in 2012, and seeks writers and illustrators to compete in an ongoing competition. He said that artistes, writers, storytellers, theatre personalities from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh would be invited to send in their poetic narratives, true stories of events they may be witness to or may have heard them from their elders.
Thandi Deewarein, based on a short story by Gurumukh Singh Jeet, tells the story of a 14-year-old Hindu girl Kaanta — (skillfully enacted by Juggan Kazim) — who is abducted by a Muslim man (Reza Kazim) at the time of Partition. After eight years, when she was living with her husband and two small children, she was found by the Pakistani High Commission. She is reunited with her Hindu family, but she finds herself unhappy without her husband. So, she is sent back to Pakistan.