“No matter what he or she does, or how long or short they live,
everyone on this planet plays a central role in forming the history of the world”
Indian Memory Project is a visual and narrative based online archive that traces the histories and identities of the Indian Subcontinent, via photographs (and sometimes letters) found in personal archives. Contextualised with narratives, the photographs are contributed to the archive from all over the world. The micro-stories reveal a macro narrative, and thus a powerful and historical palimpsest of a largely undocumented society and subcontinent.
With personal images serving as evidence, each post on the archive reveals valuable information about the Subcontinent’s people, visitors, families & ancestors, cultures, lifestyles, traditions, choices, circumstances and thereby consequences. Indian Memory Project is a empathetic and personal memory of the world – a sociological and photographic history, remembered, realised and experienced by its own people.
Indian Memory Project was founded in February 2010, by Anusha Yadav and is based wherever the Founder-Editor may lay her hat/MacBook, though it is mainly in Mumbai, India.
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Meet Gori4 Jan 2021
Nice Work! Keep up this amazing work
Meet Gori4 Jan 2021
Saheb Singh10 Aug 2020
This is really good work Anusha.
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adiawake16 Mar 2012
Loved the Presentation at INK talks :) It’s some amazing work you’ve been doing!!!
admin27 Mar 2012
Thank you :) Such encouraging words.
SAUROV21 Feb 2012
Its a Great Copncept . I came to know about this while i was visiting Yahoo . My best wishes are always with you . I am a desginer and a web developer too if any help needed during the project do let me know ..
crazygoangirl21 Feb 2012
What a fascinating idea Anusha :) Loved looking through the photographs and reading the stories that go with…amazing stuff! Hope to contribute soon :) Bravo!
indianmemoryproject7 Mar 2012
I look forward to your submission Harsha. Please have a look at this link on “How to” http://indianmemoryproject.wordpress.com/how-to-contribute-images-narratives/
Parul11 Feb 2012
A lovely, lovely project..more reason for me to go back into the archives and get stories of photos before they are lost.
Charubala Seshadri12 Jan 2012
i have fallen hopelessly in love with this rich account of the modern history of India! congratulations and i hope to support it inthe ways i can…
indianmemoryproject7 Mar 2012
I look forward to your submission Charu. Please have a look at this link on “How to” http://indianmemoryproject.wordpress.com/how-to-contribute-images-narratives/
Prathama12 Sep 2011
This is absolutely brilliant. I first read about it in Indian Express EYE magazine. Will definitely try to contribute. Need to dig photo albums a bit :-)
did I say this was AWESOME!
Uday Sahay5 Sep 2011
Dear Anusha. This is outstanding idea. Kudos. First, I wud like to contribute my paternal grand parents’ photos & history soon. Second I had an entrepreneurial idea on which I am working for the last 2 years, which I wud discuss with u when we meet in Delhi sometime. Do let me know of your visit next. Regards. Uday Sahay
shivangi17 Aug 2011
A great work. Really very impressive. It helps the current generation which includes me, to know more about our pasts.
If I am interested in sending a picture and its information, can it be done through emails or is there any address?
indianmemoryproject17 Aug 2011
Hi Shivangi, Thank you so much. Glad you like the project. :) yes the address is mentioned in the contribution section, (link below) You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please do read the requirement specs (same link) before you send in your image and story. http://indianmemoryproject.wordpress.com/about/
Look forward to hearing from you,
shivangi17 Aug 2011
Thank you. will try my best in promoting your website.
philramble4 Aug 2011
Thank you, Anusha for starting this remarkable project. Each post and each picture here is a glance into another life from another time – at once we see how important these people from another time were and realize their little place. It is a wonderful insight into the cultures, mores and ways of a bygone time – captured without the hypocrisy or generalization or cynicism that a historian may produce – with merely anecdotes and accounts of direct relatives. Once again, thank you.
indianmemoryproject18 Aug 2011
Hi , thank you so much for a vert appreciative comment. I am very chuffed too! :)
Jason Tilley1 Jun 2011
Dear Anusha, many thanks for the blogg posting, I’ve managed to get in touch with lost family members in Australia. I wonder if you could pass on my e-mail address to a lady on your blog called Deborah Nixon who is also doing some similar studys of the last days of the Anglo Indians in India.
Thank you, Jason Scott Tilley
Susan10 May 2011
its really a superb project and very interesting to go through these pictures. i enjoyed it..
CHEERAG8 May 2011
the best. i love it.
Meeta4 May 2011
Thank you for this amazing project. I’m writing my dissertation on Indians who traveled to England in the late 19th and early 20th century and have been going nuts trying to track down family photographs from that era. This is brilliant!
Anita Chauhan28 Apr 2011
This is so wonderful. I will be submitting pictures and stories
Arjun Mehta20 Apr 2011
Anusha, excellent initiative. I have a few photographs which my family dug out from the Earth which I shall send across and look forward to have compiled along with many others.
Everyone, please promote such an initiative in the various media you are equipped with.
Amit Parkhani16 Apr 2011
Great work.You really get lost in the old world !
It needs more publicity so that many more can contribute to this great project.
Lolita dutta8 Mar 2011
very intresting project. would love to be a part of it. have some old old photographs.
Shalaka Mundada2 Mar 2011
absolutely awesome!! I just love what you are doing?
Aboli22 Jan 2011
Wonderful project. Keep the good work going.
anil7 Nov 2010
very cool project anusha.
do hope it picks up critical mass quickly!
Shamlu Kripalani Dudeja29 Sep 2010
Pl correct my email id
Shamlu Kripalani Dudeja29 Sep 2010
Hi, good beginning. I am a Sindhi, born in Karachi in 1938. My father, Prof RR Kripalani (Mathematics .. DJ Sind College) and his wife, Sushila, moved from Karachi to Delhi In Sept 1947, with me, my younger siste,Indu, and youngest brother, Gul, lived there for10 years.
I have been able to gets e lovely pictures of my father as an actor in Tagore’s play, Dak Ghar in 1937 in DJ Sind College, Karachi. I have several pictures pre -1990, of various activities in Delhi and Mumbai. I shall be happy to share these with readers of this beautiful site.
Congratulations to those who have worked with this project.
(Mrs) Shamlu Kripalani Dudeja
Ankur11 Sep 2010
Grt work, will contriibute soon. lots of photos got destroyed in Mumbai floods of july 2005. Will need to sort out and hope to post soon!
Minal Hajratwala8 Sep 2010
Very interesting project. I have family photos up, dating from the early 1900s, of my family in India, Fiji, South Africa, and other locations, at http://www.minalhajratwala.com/ (scroll down and click on “View Slideshow”). The files are a bit large to transfer over email but if you’re interested, we could figure out another way to get them to you.
Lt Col (retd) G. Kameswara Rao6 Sep 2010
Dear Ms Anusha,
I want to send a small cash contribution for the use of the project. Kindly let me know to whom I send it and the bankers or place where I should send it.
Lt Col G Kameswara Rao (retd)
indianmemoryproject7 Sep 2010
Dear Mr. Rao, I am honored and touched by your offer. I am in the process of setting up accounts, however it may take some time.If you can wait for a couple of months. as everything is in process. If you like and only if you do, you can send the cheque in my name and I will send you receipt as well as expenditure proofs.
Do let me know, either is fine by me and honestly I’d be more comfortable if the cheque comes to the Indian Memory Account, as everything is then transparent. you can send me an email on email@example.com
Thank you once again.
Sanghamitra Sen31 Aug 2010
Hey awesome stuff! I am an archivist with Godrej Archives, so i have a fair idea of how humongous your task is. Keep it up!
At Godrej Archives we have a collection of photographs covering shopfloor activity, life in the housing colony, product pics etc etc. The oldest ones, however, belong to the Godrej family. While most of these photographs are in very good condition, some have faded or have become very brittle. Can you help me with contact details of photograph conservators?
Lastly, Please include me in your mailing list. Id love to stay in touch and help in whichever way possible.
Priyanka27 Jul 2010
This is really great work Anusha.
S.C.Mohan17 Jul 2010
Great idea and wonderful nostalgic pictures. Am just wondering why you are confining this to photos taken in India? There are equally interesting old pictures of Indians taken outside India eg in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. There may also be pictures people have inherited without knowing where these were taken. May help us to trace friends and relatives elsewhere in the world!
indianmemoryproject17 Jul 2010
Thank you for your comment. I agree with your point and have been considering it as well. :) Shall make the changes in criteria tomorrow. Thank you again. Cheers Anusha – for Indian memory project.
arpita banerjee29 Jun 2010
people come and go but photographs live on……its a brilliant concept!!
navaldeep25 May 2010
I love The Indian memory Project…….. mzaaa hii aa jaata hai pics dekh ke…..
after college was over n job started I somehow stopped photography, but then my good luck i came across ur website and again I was up in the air. And now I’m clicking pics each n everyday…. It brightens me n my day….. I download all ur pics n watching them is a great fun. “A picture a day keeps the voices away”
Dr Mohamed Sayeed23 May 2010
Hi friend, I came to know this through Tehelka and was facinated. Indeed its a great idea and a national treasure. I wish to see it more organised and streanlined . Thank you very much
indianmemoryproject23 Jul 2010
Dr. Sayeed, I am in the process of looking for funding to give this project a place and format it deserves, online. If you have an leads on corporates and/or and individuals, interested in sponsoring this project with no commercial criteria, then we’d be happy to hear from you. :) regards.
Meenakshi6 May 2010
This is such a treasure. Kudos to you and to everyone contributing for putting this together. Wonderful archives and stories, lost and found. Thank you for doing this!
Nitesh30 Apr 2010
Love the project.
PS27 Apr 2010
Very interesting stuff and kudos to you for taking up this challenge.
The only concern is how to validate photographs and the information provided by the owner of the photograph ?
indianmemoryproject27 Apr 2010
That is the maximum validation and information one can ever get. No one knows better than family, and we trust that they are being factual and truthful :)
Sanchari Sur29 Jan 2011
Regardless of how honest the facts may be, the photographs themselves are genuine. I am sure that itself validates this project.
Ganesh27 Apr 2010
I came to know about your project from a recent article in the newspapers. I must thank you for taking this initiative.
I have read about similar project esp those from Library of Congress – http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html and the Exotic New Zealand National Library’s Matapihi project – http://www.matapihi.org.nz/
I am not sure of how are you cataloguing the photographs that get uploaded, DAM has limited capabilities to enrich the metadata of content.
I would love to discuss more about it.
regards and once again…an awesome job.
Ch J Satyananda Kumar25 Apr 2010
A great commendable effort. I have some old photographs of my parents and grand parents’ time which I shall send soon.
vipin17 Apr 2010
came to know about this project from Mans World. I am really excited. Always wanted to see my forefathers’ pictures and others’ too. My last 3 generations were photographers except my father and my grandfather. All their brothers/cousins were. But there are so few pictures of them available. Really it is a joy to see people as they looked earlier specially other than celebrities. My congratulations and thanks for beginning this project. Please get this project mentioned in more and more magazines and newspapers so that many more people are encouraged to send their archive pictures before they are lost forever to callous future generations.
Mallika7 Apr 2010
amazing project . It inspired me to dig up old family portraits which I shall be sending in .
The Quirky Indian30 Mar 2010
Amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed going through the pictures. All the best!
The Quirky Indian
airborne28 Mar 2010
Yours is a refreshing blog. It reminds me of a photograph of the Paradise Hotel in Hyderabad, taken in 1958, which was put up in it’s lobby. I gasped on seeing how much change had come to that place. Could we have more of that kind of “walks down the memory lane”?
MJ18 Mar 2010
A great Idea indeed! I m having good collection of old photographs of our college which is 165 year old.
adee17 Mar 2010
this is an amazing record to collect. do tell us what do you want to with all these pictures. m very curious :) as a student of life, i these will be a visual record of the India that has been lost now. kudos for this project.
Arunima12 Mar 2010
this is a great idea… it was very interesting to go through…
pankaj4 Mar 2010
Wow wonderful project to collect the dying datas of picture .
Apurba4 Mar 2010
This is a very interesting project that you have taken up. Its so refreshing to take a breather and look at the times gone by…to remember the life that we grew up in but are now too busy to enjoy!! Kudos
Ashok3 Mar 2010
Amazing project! cheers
armeen2 Mar 2010
very interesting project. really like it!
anil chauhan2 Mar 2010
uttarika25 Feb 2010
I’m interested to know more about the project. Is there an email address I can reach you on?
indianmemoryproject25 Feb 2010
You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers Anusha S. Yadav