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THE INDIAN IN DRUM (article first published : 2006-08-15)

Still running at the Durban Art Gallery is an exhibition entitled The Indian in Drum. It comprises images from watershed fifties South African magazine – Drum – and is curated by Riason Naidoo.

“Due to the material conditions of the past, South Africans remain a people who know little of each other where stereotypes created under apartheid perpetuate to this day,” says exhibition curator Riason Naidoo. “The exhibition was conceived to restore this lived historical memory recalling an unofficial Indian history in South Africa that confronts labels of the homogenous Indian symbolised by the likes of the ‘rich Indian shopkeeper’. It reveals a rich and varied ’fifties culture, beyond the borders of Sophiatown. Papwa Sewgolum, Curries Fountain and the Sam China Cup, Dr Yusuf Dadoo playing political football, Dr Monty Naicker, The Salots and the Crimson League, and stunt rider Amaranee Naidoo signing autographs for adoring fans are represented in all their splendour.”

The Durban Art Gallery is situated on the second floor of the City Hall (entrance in Smith Street). There is disabled access into the gallery. For more information, contact 031 311 2264 / 9. Entry is free and all are welcome.




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