When India was partitioned in 1947 at the end of British colonial rule on its western and eastern borders, the brunt of it was borne by Punjab and Bengal. But Partition did not mean the same thing for these two provinces. Unlike Punjab, the aftermath of Partition in India was a protracted one for West Bengal, which impoverished the state and radicalized its politics. And the afterlives of Partition are felt to this day along the borderland. Unfortunately, the Bengal experience has never got its due. The Kolkata Partition Museum Project (KPMP) aims to fill this lacuna.

KPMP is dedicated to memorialize, in the most comprehensive way, the specificity of Bengal’s Partition history and its aftermath; to emphasize the continuities between West Bengal and Bangladesh – in terms of language and literature, food, fabric, and the performing arts – and to encourage collaboration between them. And it aims to do so by involving public participation in its programs and gearing all its activities in a way that makes it more accessible and interesting to the public at large.


Special thanks to David John for permitting the use of elements from his photograph in the KPMP logo.