Saturday, August 1, 2015

A glorious animated tribute to Udham Singh

Wonderful animated and musical tribute to Indian revolutionary Udham Singh.
It follows the 21 years of Udham Singh's life following the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre in 1919, leading up to the assassination of Michael O'Dwyer and his execution in Pentonville Prison shortly after.

The team has done a wonderful job on this film, and I applaud all the artists involved. Good job guys!

You can read about O'Dwyer's involvement in the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre here -

Udham Singh (26 December 1899 – 31 July 1940) was an Indian revolutionary best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer on 13 March 1940 in what has been described as an avenging of the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre.[1] 
Singh is a prominent figure of the Indian independence struggle. He is sometimes referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh (the expression "Shaheed-i-Azam,"Urduشهید اعظم‎, means "the great martyr"). A district (Udham Singh Nagar) of Uttarakhand is named after him. - excerpt from wikipedia. Full entry here -

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh garden in AmritsarPunjab were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Reginald Dyer

The crowd had gathered to protest against the arrest of two nationalist leaders, Dr. SatyapalDr. Saifuddin Kitchlew, although a curfew had been recently declared.[1] On Dyer's orders, his troops fired on the crowd for ten minutes, directing their bullets largely towards the few open gates through which people were trying to run out. The figures released by the British government were 370 dead and 1200 wounded. Other sources place the number dead at well over 1000. 

This "brutality stunned the entire nation",[2] resulting in a "wrenching loss of faith" of the general public in the intentions of Britain.[3] The ineffective inquiry and the initial accolades for Dyer by the House of Lords fuelled widespread anger, leading to the Non-cooperation Movement of 1920–22.[4]

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