BUFFALO, NY -- A Kashmir native and current clinical associate
professor of urology at the University at Buffalo School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has launched the Ladi Shah
Project, Kashmir's first digital oral history archive.
Khurshid A. Guru, MD, a Buffalo surgeon noted internationally
for his advances and teaching in the field of robotic-assisted
surgery, has created the project as an initiative of the Guru
Charitable Foundation, founded by Guru and his wife, Lubna Guru,
MD, a pediatrician. The project has been in development since
"The Ladi Shah Project aims to share the meaningful stories of
ordinary Kashmiris as a way of preserving the region's unique
linguistic and cultural heritage," said Guru. "By recording
personal anecdotes, such as an artisan explaining the beauty and
meaning behind his craft, a retired teacher noting the perils of
unquestioning obedience, and a social worker's struggle to help
establish the first blood bank, the Ladi Shah Project creates vivid
snapshots of everyday life in Kashmir as it is and as it was. The
stories highlight Kashmir's diversity, as well as the common
experiences that define its history and culture."
Interview podcasts are now accessible to the public on the Ladi
Shah Project website,http://www.ladishahproject.org,
which will share new stories from the expanding archive each month.
The archive currently contains over 150 interviews and
extraordinary personal accounts from a broad section of
The Guru Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit organization
devoted to improving the quality of education and medical care in
Kashmir. To learn more about the foundation, visit http://www.gurufoundation.org.