Monday November 09, 2015

Renée Sarojini Saklikar on how we remember, and forget, terror

Renée Sarojini Saklikar reads on stage at Douglas College.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar reads on stage at Douglas College. (Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver)

Listen 20:28

In 1985, two artists from different parts of the world were affected by the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Now their tragedy has become a collaborative work of art, as poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar and composer Jurgen Simpson premiere their opera, Air india [Redacted], in Vancouver. 

​Today, Sarojini Saklikar joins guest host Tom Power to share the story of how they connected, and how their creative talents and personal stories formed the foundation of a healing work.

When asked about difficulty of mourning family members who died in a very public incident, she says, "I think it becomes a juxtapositional act ... you're both forgetting and remembering all the time.  And in Canada, of course, for a long period of time, I feel we sort of 'disappeared' Air India from our individual and collective memories ... It's a terrible subject, it's sorrowful, but in choosing to create, there is a kind of joy." 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the Turning Point Ensemble play an excerpt from Air India [Redacted].