Cricket a sport that colonizers spread but the colonies made it their own. Now the immigrant community are popularizing a sport they love in their new country! How does that relate to the community and culture - we will explore that on this panel.
Prof Prashant Kidambi
Prashant Kidambi is associate professor of colonial urban history at the University of Leicester. After completing postgraduate degrees in history from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a doctorate at the University of Oxford. Kidambi’s research explores the interface between British imperialism and the history of modern South Asia. He is the author of The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920 and the lead editor of Bombay before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos.
Mr. Jagan Jaganathan
Jagan expatriated as a teenager, mostly by coercive persuasion, from a promising cricketing life in India to the ice-hockey-or-bust-life in the frozen tundra that is Canada, Yet Jagan continued playing cricket as a summer pastime in Canada, and later in the Bay Area. After retiring as a player, he volunteered his time in local youth cricket, with the California Cricket Academy. Over the past decade, he has been part of US Cricket Governance, as a member of the ICC's US Cricket Sustainable Foundations group tasked with a new Constitution as part of the newly formed national governing body. He is currently the ICC representative on the USA Cricket's Nominating and Governance Committee. Outside of Cricket, Jagan has been a scientist, technologist, and entrepreneur in an IT-based career spanning 40 years.
Tipu Purkayastha is a VP of Human Resources at a Bay Area-based cybersecurity company and is passionate about the arts, especially movies. He has spoken about movies and with film professionals at Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, the South Asian Literature and Art Festival and online. He is also a Board Member at the South Bay Musical Theater in Saratoga.