The Partition Museum in the city will unfold the story of Punjab as it was in 1919 through an exhibition and a specially crafted marigold made of khadi, which will be available from March 13 to April 13, at events across India and abroad to mark the Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary.
Kishwar Desai, chairperson, Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, said March 13 had been chosen to launch the khadi marigold as it was on this day 79 years ago that Shaheed Udham Singh shot Sir Michael O’Dwyer at Caxton Hall in London, 21 years after the carnage.
The khadi marigold in luminous saffron symbolises the spirit of Baisakhi and sacrifice. The khadi is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who started the anti-Rowlatt satyagraha.
“During our research, we tried to uncover untold aspects of the massacre through original materials in the form of newspapers, reports and photographs. The exhibition depicts atrocities by the British prior to the massacre. One section is about the colonial martial law that lasted some years after the carnage. Indians were made to bow. They had to make way for an English man or woman while walking on a footpath. The second part is about the day the massacre took place and the third on the post-massacre scenario,” she explained.