South Asian American Digital Archive, Pavi Jaisankar speaks at a SAADA Community Forum at the Asian Arts Initiative in front of a photograph of Dr. Anandibai Joshee, the first South Asian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, 2013. Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan.
South Asian American Digital Archive, SAADA Community Forum at the Philadelphia History Museum. Pictured: SAADA Executive Director Samip Mallick. Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan.
South Asian American Digital Archive, "Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive" symposium at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Photo by M. Azim Siddiqui.
South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) will commission five composers and musicians to create Revolution Remix, a sound tour that explores historic Philadelphia through the lens of South Asian American history. The walking tour will take participants to significant sites in Philadelphia’s historic district that illustrate the overlooked stories of South Asian immigrants who were entrepreneurs, doctors, activists, religious leaders, and more. The selected artists will each respond to a story included in the tour and create a new composition that will be paired with a recorded narrative for each site. The composers include award-winning saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; songwriter, singer, and guitarist, Rupa Marya; and storyteller and musician Zain Alam. Two additional artists will be selected through an open call process. The sound tour will be available on a project website, where visitors can download the self-guided tour and view relevant archival materials, such as photographs, letters, and other ephemera. A concert featuring the five artists will mark the sound tour’s official launch.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.