The night of 9th August 1942 is still alive in Mr. Chaturvedi’s eyes. He remembers seeing the Indian tricolour being hoisted amidst clouds of smoke, gunshots, and cries of ‘Vande Mataram!’
Within a few precious years, many such stories will be lost to us forever.
As India celebrates its 70th birthday, its population grows both larger and younger. At the same time, we are losing India’s first citizens everyday.
For decades, Oral History has been considered an important supplement for written sources by historians the world over. Our vision is to use oral history and material memory to save our country’s cultural legacy.
Oral tradition and learning form an integral part of India’s heritage. We wish to preserve the link between generations of Indians and build the country’s story through its best storytellers – its people.
- To record and archive the personal stories of Indian citizens who have witnessed India develop into the nation we see today.
- To create a publicly accessible archive for scholars, students, and ordinary citizens who wish to listen to and learn from these stories.
- To develop educational and outreach programmes using these narratives to build dialogue and foster mutual understanding about the nation’s past, present, and future.
The Acres Foundation:
CAI is supported and run as an initiative of The Acres Foundation. The Acres foundation is a group of young like-minded professionals and academics in the field of education. The aim of the foundation is to create programmes and institutions of global repute enabling a transformation in the Indian educational landscape.
The foundation hopes that the integration of technology and best practices will help spread the rich bank of traditional knowledge and Indian heritage in a global and modern perspective. CAI is our initiative to convey our history through a modern lens, giving future generations perspective into their past.