Date: March 2009


In This Issue

  • Tigerstyle join ASHT
  • On the Trail of Sikh Heros
  • The Empress & the Sikhs
  • Unknown Warriors, Untold Heroism
  • Vacancies

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Tigerstyle join ASHT
Tigerstyle logo and image

Tigerstyle have not only emerged as world class live performers, but have also proven to be ground-breaking producers with a plethora of official music productions for Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A., Raghav, Redman, Don Omar Gunjan, Jay Sean, Lily Allen and Talvin Singh.  This year Tigerstyle join ASHT.

"We feel excited to have formed a relationship with ASHT as we have had a keen interest in Sikh history and culture throughout our upbringing and musical career. We are proud Scottish Sikhs and feel exhilarated to hear that Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Sikh army have so much history related to Scotland. After the release of our 2008 album "Mystics, Martyrs & Maharajas" in which we explored some ideas surrounding the Punjabi/Sikh identity we are soon to be starting on material for our new album which I'm sure will be an opportunity to be further inspired by our rich Sikh heritage, especially now that we have the support of such a prestigious organisation as ASHT. We look forward to working together with ASHT to raise the profile of the Sikh community worldwide." Tigerstyle

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On the Trail of Sikh Heros
 Battlefield Tour Flyer 2009

On the 2nd of May ASHT Tours will take a group on a tour of the Battlefields of Northern Europe. This trail following the footsteps of Sikh heroes, will visit the battlefields of Neuve Chapelle and Ypres where many Indians including Sikhs fought during World War One.

Expert guides from a professional tour company will bring to life the stories of the Sikhs who sacrificed their lives in defence of others.

At a cost of only £90 including an evening meal this unique tour is one not to be missed! A few places left.  Book now!

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The Empress & the Sikhs
Portrait of Maharajah Duleep Singh

Queen Victoria's reign is inextricably associated with Britain's great age of industrialisation, economic progress and, especially empire.  Within that vast empire India was recognised as "The Jewel in the Crown" yet very little is known of the remarkable historical relationship between the Empress and the Sikhs of the Punjab. 

During her reign the Sikhs would become noted for the resolute defence of their own sovereign kingdom and their subsequent unswerving loyalty and gallantry to Britain.

Drawing on the lives of Queen Victoria and Maharajah Duleep Singh an illustrated talk was delivered to The Victoria League, a voluntary organisation based in Scotland, during their annual social event. The talk explored this powerful yet rarely related episode of British history which encompasses imperial conquest, annexation, service and unparalleled kinship.

"You could have heard a pin drop throughout the talk as everyone was paying such close attention to what Harbinder was telling us. The talk was for an hour and everyone there wished it could have been for much longer!"
Susie Walker Munroe - Victoria League

Unknown Warriors, Untold Heroism
National Army Museum Logo & Gian Singh VC
This online exhibition launched by the National Army Museum explores the pivotal role of Black and Asian soldiers within the British and Commonwealth Forces.

Displayed alongside 500 testimonies, photographs, film clips, sound recordings and images of objects from the museum's extensive Collection, the exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to explore a variety of both known and unknown stories.

Black Asian British Army highlights fascinating stories through the accounts of soldiers such as Subadar Khudadad Khan, the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross; as well as many Sikhs such as Ishar Singh VC, Gian Singh VC and countless others.

"It is important that the courage and sacrifice of soldiers from across the British Empire and Commonwealth are properly recognised and understood,...................this project will enable a wide range of people to share and explore the fascinating, but often poignant, stories of these brave men and women".
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, London

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Opportunities to join the ASHT team are available now!

We are seeking both an Education Consultant to develop ASHT's education activity, and a Fundraising Consultant to join the ASHT Team.

Both posts are for a fixed term and fixed fee dependent on experience.

Closing dates 24th April 2009.

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