We celebrated South Asian History Month for the first time ever in 2020 to celebrate, mark and honour South Asian cultures and histories - particularly the intertwined histories of the UK and South Asian communities - and how South Asian cultures are present throughout the UK.
We use South Asian History Month to celebrate the history, arts, culture and heritage of people with roots in the South Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Our goal is to help people better understand the diversity of present-day Britain.
We have hosted two free members events for South Asian History Month. The first: Systemic racism and how to tackle it, featured talks by a range of leading members of South Asian heritage. The second event: COVID – unity through adversity, talked about the impact and challenges of COVID-19 on South Asian doctors and clinicians in mental health trusts.
In 2021 we produced a podcast that discussed what it is like to have family living back in South Asia during the pandemic. A second podcast talked to Dr Santosh Mudholkar who explored the interaction between culture, music and the brain.
Additionally, we published two new blog posts (see below) that revealed personal narratives from South Asian psychiatrists, adding to the many blog posts we shared in 2020.
Dr Trudi talks about heritage, mental health and the importance of massage
Dr Ananta Dave speaks on careers, COVID and the South Asian Community
Facing COVID-19 in the South Asian community
We are joined by two wonderful psychiatrists Dr Shevonne Matheiken and Dr Poorna Nagasinghe for South Asian History Month. In this podcast we will be discussing what it's like to have family living back in South Asia during the pandemic, the effect of COVID on deprived communities and finding solace in singing.
Music, art and neuroscience for South Asian History Month
Dr Santosh Mudholkar explores thoughts on the interaction between culture, music and the brain. Historically, art and music have played a prominent role in South Asian culture in bringing people together and lifting mental wellbeing.
South Asian History Month: Dr Fabida Aria
In our final blog post to celebrate South Asian History Month, we hear from Dr Fabida Aria who talks about her upbringing and the importance of never forgetting her roots....Dr Fabida Aria
South Asian History Month: Dr Mina Husain
In our second blog post to celebrate South Asian History Month, we hear from Dr Mina Husain who discusses her experiences growing up in four different countries and her work ...Dr Mina Husain
South Asian History Month: Serendipity, stigma and beyond
To mark the start of South Asian History Month, Dr Trudi Seneviratne (the College's Registrar) reflects on her early upbringing in Sri Lanka, remembers the work of Dr Anula Nikapota ...Dr Trudi Seneviratne
South Asian History Month: Professor Dinesh Bhugra
Former RCPsych President Professor Dinesh Bhugra reflects as our inaugural South Asian History Month draws to a close.Professor Dinesh Bhugra
South Asian History Month: Dr Raghunandan Gaind
Dr Raghunandan Gaind, Past-President and current Vice-President of the Indian Medical Association GB, and Patron of the Amritsar Doctors and Dentists Association, writes for South Asian History Month.RCPsych Digital Team
South Asian History Month: Dr Ananta Dave
Dr Ananta Dave, Medical Director and Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust writes on the theme of dualism and of expressing yourself in the ...RCPsych Digital Team
South Asian History Month: Dr Afzal Javed
Dr Afzal Javed, President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association shares his professional journey in psychiatry.RCPsych Digital Team
South Asian History Month: Dr Santosh Mudholkar
As part of our blog series celebrating the College’s first South Asian History Month, we spoke to Dr Santosh Mudholkar. Dr Santosh is a Fellow here at the College, who ...RCPsych Digital Team