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Tracing the identity & history of the Indian Subcontinent via family archives
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    Image and Text contributed by Anisha Jacob Sachdev, New Delhi. This picture with my mother Anupa Jacob (nee Nathaniel) and her closest friend Shalini was taken when they were in school at Convent of Jesus & Mary in Delhi. They would have been around 15 years old. My mother was a Rajasthani, from the small […]

    The post 27 – The first known girl rock band of India appeared first on Indian Memory Project.


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    Image and text contributed by Yashoda Joshi. My Grandmother Vatsala Bhimsen Joshi (nee Mudholkar) was a very beautiful person. She was born in 1928 and was the fifth child of the family. She had 3 elder sisters, an older brother, four younger sisters and 2 younger brothers. She was a great singer as well, and appreciated […]

    The post 35 – In a Family Portrait as a young girl, she was later married to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi appeared first on Indian Memory Project.


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    Image & Text contributed by Jayabrato Chatterjee, Kolkata My earliest memories were borne back in Dehradun (now in Uttarakhand), where I spent my childhood with my mother, Meera Chatterjee, my maternal grandmother, Kamala Bisi and my Jethu, Rathi Jethu (Bengali term for father’s elder brother), Rathindra Nath Tagore. Jethu was Rabindra Nath Tagore’s second child & […]

    The post 112 – My foster father, my glorious friend, Rathindra Nath Tagore appeared first on Indian Memory Project.


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    Image courtesy Akshara Theatre Archive. Text by Jalabala Vaidya, New Delhi I was born in London (UK) in 1936. My English-Italian mother, Marjorie Frank-Keyes was a concert singer and my father Suresh Vaidya was a successful young writer. He was also on the editorial board of Time Magazine in London. My father was arrested by […]

    The post 171 – The first Indian woman to perform on New York Broadway appeared first on Indian Memory Project.


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    Image and Text contributed by Rekha Rao, Hyderabad This is a photograph of my paternal grandmother Manorama Rao when she graduated and topped English Honours with the Grigg Memorial gold medal at the University level. My grandmother was born into a Saraswat Konkani Brahmin family in Madras (now Chennai) in 1917. She was the eldest […]

    The post 179 – The accomplished matriarchs of a family appeared first on Indian Memory Project.