Portrait of Per Ajie

Chitra Singh is a singer/songwriter and a nursing aide. She is the co-founder of the Rajkumari Cultural Center, an Indo-Caribbean arts and culture organization in Queens.

"Per ajie," the great-grandmother of the Singh sisters, who arrived indentured in the Caribbean in the 19th century.

In this photograph, "Per Ajie" is holding a brass lota, an item of Hindu worship, that was handed down in the family. The Singh sisters brought the lota with them to the United States and discuss it during my interview with them. The women's mother, the poet Rajkumari Singh, wrote a poem addressing "Per ajie, the first immigrant woman." Per ajie arrived in the Caribbean as an indentured laborer in the 19th century.

Subject(s): Chitra and Pritha Singh
Type: Photograph
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program

Collection: Gaiutra Bahadur Fellowship Project
Donor: Chitra Singh
Digitizer: Gaiutra Bahadur
Item History: 2020-08-24 (created); 2020-08-24 (modified)

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