2009 CalendarDate: Tuesday, 09 December, 2008
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Review of the calendar by the acclaimed artists The Singh Twins
those of you who have come to expect the highest level of professionalism and
creativity from the Sikhpoint.com Calendar team, the 2009 edition will not
Titled A Walk Through History, this year's production which was created in collaboration with The Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust and explores places and artefacts around Britain connected with shared aspects of Anglo Sikh heritage, is not only a feast for the eyes but engaging and informative.
The Introduction page gives an insight into the remarkable work that the Duleep Singh Centenary Trust has been doing since 1993 to highlight and promote Anglo Sikh heritage through high profile exhibitions, conferences, and public art commissions in partnership with some of Britain's top Museums, Galleries, Institutions and Organisations. It's an impressive list, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Imperial Museum, the Royal Geographic Society and The British Library. The remaining pages from January to December showcase some of the marvellous art, artefacts, monuments and locations identified by researchers at the Trust as being relevant to Sikh history and therefore, included on a cultural map - called the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, which they have been developing since 2004 with the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage.
Amongst these, are the splendid Golden Throne of the Sikh Emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the coat of arms of his son Maharajah Duleep Singh (Britain's first resident Sikh), archive photos of Sikhs serving in World War I and II, Maharani Jind Kaur's illuminated prayer book which has some of the earliest known paintings of the Gurus, Sikh coins and medals from the British Museum Collections and the sumptuous Durbar Hall designed by Sikh architect Bhai Ram Singh for Queen Victoria's holiday home Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Each main page image is inset with a smaller image depicting a related treasure from Sikh history and a photograph of the Institution or place where the objects and artefacts depicted are located. A brief write up under each image provide snippets of information that give context and greater meaning to each image.
A particularly wonderful addition to each page, are the quotes taken from historical personages connected with Sikh History - (accounts of Western visitors to Ranjit's Court, scholars of Sikhism and those whose fate was inextricably linked to the Sikhs in one way or another including Queen Victoria) - which transport one back in time and not only offer a fascinating insight into the changing politics of Anglo Sikh relations over a century ago, but into aspects of the Sikh faith and character.
It's clear from the range and diversity of material in the 2009 Calendar that its production required communication with several Institutions and co-ordination of material from multiple sources. The passion, dedication and commitment to that aim, is clear to see with the turn of every page.
With its inspirational theme, engaging images, informative text and quality of production, the 2009 Sikhpoint.com Calendar is, like the precious objects featured in it, something to relish and preserve as a valued treasure of Sikh heritage in its own right, well beyond 2009.
The Singh Twins