Buffalo Doctors Help Share Stories from Kashmir's Past and Present Through Region's First Digital Oral History Archive

Release Date: May 10, 2012 This content is archived.


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 2009.

"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 Kashmiris.

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.

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