South Asian Heritage Month
Stories to Tell Community Day

A day of sharing stories and learning about the countries & traditions of South Asia.

Saturday 29 July 2023, 11am-3pm. Free.

  • Sand rangoli and mini mandala weaving with artists Daya Bhatti and Nilupa Yasmin
  • Mehndi
  • Stories from local Sikh, Hindu and Muslim families
  • Traditional poetry
  • Tai Chi demonstrations
  • Community stalls
  • Video and photographic archive material from a local Hindu temple
  • Stories of Hindu goddess Parvati alongside the Gallery’s sculpture
  • Yummy samosas and sweet treats from Hargun’s Sweet Centre
  • South Asian fabric map decorating workshop
  • Manpreet Darroch, broadcaster and radio DJ will provide music and vibes on the day through his extensive collection of South Asian beats from Bhangra, Bollywood, World and Experimental.


DJ Manpreet Darroch All day / Foyer

Mehndi – All day / Drop – in / Art Library

Mandala weaving – All day / Drop – in / Activity Room – Mezzanine

Sand rangoli & South Asian Map activity – All day / Drop – in / Activity Room – Floor 1

Samosas & barfi – All day / Mezzanine level

Children’s storytelling with Kiran – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm / Floor 2

Film of Mandir Baba Balak Nath, Hindu temple in Walsall (2 mins 44 secs), 11am – 1pm / Conference Room

Gift & Community stalls – All day / Foyer


1pm – Fahim Zazai talks about his story of immigration from Afghanistan to Walsall – Foyer

1.15pm – Baldev Singh Aujla talks of coming to the UK from the Punjab via the British Government’s ‘Voucher Migration’ system in 1962 – Foyer

1.30pm – Ishika Philip from Midlands Kerala Cultural Society talks about Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast – Foyer

2pm – Amrit Singh performs Eight Pieces of Brocade – Tai Chi accompanied by a poetry, and tells his father’s and grandfather’s stories – Foyer

2.30pm – Anand Singh and Gurmukh Singh talk about Sikh principles and way of life, the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in India, and the Sikh Empire – Conference Room