Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Gupta Brothers' Kahani Movement

That Sanjay Gupta! He's been lurking around the Fire Escape and stealing my ideas. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, since most of us with aging parents share a worry about losing that generation's stories. The Gupta brothers, though, are doing something about it.



Co-founded by brothers Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) and Suneel Gupta (Mozilla), the Kahani Movement (not to be confused with our beloved Kahani Magazine, although we hope it's a win-win situation) is a non-profit project aiming to inspire generations of Indian-Americans to capture and share stories from their ancestors that immigrated to the United States from India.

The project takes a Hollywood 2.0 approach to sharing these stories by motivating young Indian Americans to pick up a camera, interview their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and then post that footage to Kahani's web platform. The eventual audience for this content is a generation of people who may never have the benefit of a real conversation with their immigrant ancestors.



"These cherished stories are evaporating along with the people who lived them," Sanjay Gupta said. "It is our generation's responsibility to preserve those stories, so that they are never lost."

1 comment:

holly cupala said...

Very cool! I've always been fascinated by the stories of my parents-in-law, who immigrated from Mumbai in the 70's.

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