Homelands to Townlands: Indian Communities

Homelands to Townlands: Indian Communities

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Antrim, Belfast, Clifton Street, Derry, Strabane, Tyrone




Transmission 05/02/2008


24min 27sec







Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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In this episode, we are introduced to first and second generation Indian communities settled in England and Northern Ireland. Through the use of home videos and interviews we get a sense of what life is like for them and how connected they feel to both their Indian and Northern Irish/British cultures. First, we meet two second generation sisters - the elder sister was born and lived briefly in India, ther sibling was born in Belfast and has only occasionally been to visit India. The sister born in India feels incredibly strongly about the traditions of the country, considering it, rather than Northern Ireland, her home. Her younger sibling considers Belfast her home and, whilst expressing an interest to learn more about the Hinduism, lives her life in a way that is more in keeping with Western values. 

The programme also looks at Indian tradition of the arranged Indian marriage, a custom which is seen as a way of passing Indian values from one generation to the next. The local Indian Cultural Community Centre (on Clifton Street), also plays an important role in maintaining a link between those who have settled in Northern Ireland and their Indian heritage.

Featured in the programmed is Bobby Rao, a former professional cricketer for India and Ireland, who explains how he doesn't force his religion onto the children, but will teach them if they ask. His family unit comprises his Northern Irish wife and three children, all of whom play an active role in keeping the Indian culture alive in their home.


Supported by the Northern Ireland Community Relations CouncilA Westway Film Production for UTV.



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