Komagata Maru Project

Project Description:

In Development

Komagata Maru Project

In 1914, a group of 376 Indians led by Gurdit Singh, set out to immigrate to Canada challenging Canadian Immigration policies and the myth of equality within the British Empire. The passengers were not allowed to land in Canada and the ship was forced to return to India. The passengers consisted of 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus, all British subjects. This was one of several incidents in the history of early 20th century involving exclusion laws in Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of Asian origin. This play will examine Canada’s relationship to India over the last 100 years and look at questions around how history shapes our present and future and how do we apologize for the past? Who is accountable and what are we apologizing for? In January 2010, the project launched with the help of TARA Arts founder Jatinder Verma and a group of exciting South Asian artists. As the project continues to evolve and work toward a full production in 2014 we will keep you posted with how we progress. Thank you to Ali Kazimi for making the documentary film, Continuous Journey, which inspired this project.

MV Sun Sea

London, UK

Toronto, ON