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This digitised archive has been created to record the political ephemera produced by the Asian Youth Movements. The majority of the material did not belong to any archive but existed in precarious conditions in community centres and homes. In digitising this material we aim to preserve it for future generations to learn about the experiences and actions of young South Asians growing up in the towns and cities of Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. Since the production of this digital archive, some of the extant materials have been donated to the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive, Manchester.







About Us

This archiving project has been carried out by the Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work is supported by an advisory committee, which includes individuals who were involved in these campaigns, academics and archivists.


Tandana - Aims

  1. Tandana aims to archive the visual and ephemeral culture of South Asian struggle in Britain for social, cultural and political rights.
  2. Tandana aims to give value to this heritage through:
    a. the creation of a centralised and accessible archive.
    b. the collection of supportive and contextual documentation.
  3. Tandana will digitise the ephemera and make this heritage accessible through the web to allow access by as wide a number of people as possible.
Advisory Committee


  • Mukhtar Dar - former member of AYM (Sheffield)
  • Matloob Hussayn Ali Khan, former member of AYM (Sheffield)
  • John Hutnyk - Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College
  • Virinder Kalra - Department of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • Tabasum Khan - Technical Consultant
  • Tariq Mehmood - former member of AYM (Bradford)
  • Anandi Ramamurthy - Project Manager, Tandana, Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire
  • Wendy Webster - Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire
  • Talat Butt - IT & Transmedia Consultant, Web Master and Film maker


If you would like to get in touch with the archive please contact:

Anandi Ramamurthy
Tandana - Glowworm

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Educational Pack

Kala Tara: A History of the Asian Youth Movements in Britain

Teachers Pack

 Anwar Ditta: Bring my children home - main teacher's pack

Anwar Ditta Media Pack 1

Anwar Ditta Media Pack 2


Further Reading

CARF (1981) Southall: the birth of a black community, London: CARF, (ISBN 0 85001 0225)

CARF (1991) Newham: the forging of a black community, London: CARF/NMP, (ISBN 0951 7625 08)

P. Cohen & H. Bains (eds) (1988) Multi-Racist Britain, London: Macmillan, (ISBN 0 333 33250 4)

Mehmood, Tariq (1983) Hand on the Sun, Penguin
Mehmood, Tariq (2003) While there is light, Comma

Race Today Collective (1983) The Struggle of Asian Workers in Britain, Race Today (ISBN 0950349852)

Ramamurthy, A (2006) 'The Politics of Britain's the Asian Youth Movements',

Race & Class, Vol. 48, No. 2, 38-60 (2006)
DOI: 10.1177/0306396806069522

Ramdin, R (1987) The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain Aldershot, Wildwood House

Ramdin, Ron (1999) Re-imaging Britain: five hundred years of Black and Asian history, London: Pluto (074531600x)

Sivanandan, A (1982) A Different Hunger: Writings on Black Resistance, London: Pluto (ISBN 0 86104 371 5)

Sivanandan, A (1986) From resistance to rebellion: Asian and Afro-Caribbean struggles in Britain, London:IRR (ISBN 085001 0306)


Useful Websites

National Archives website on migration

Institute of Race Relations

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

EMA online resources