Issue No:  12


In This Issue

  • Battlefield Tour
  • Vaisakhi celebrations
  • India Noir
  • Banda Singh Bahadur: Ruler or Rebel?
  • Other News & Events

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Battlefield Tour
 Menin Gate in Ypres. Image.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This popular day trip, which takes place later this month on Saturday 29th May, takes visitors on a journey that highlights the tremendous contribution made by Sikh soldiers during WW1. You can visit the preserved trenches at Bayernwald, learn how Sikh forces fought in the harsh winters, walk through the battlefields around Neuve Chapelle and hear from expert tour guides how Sikh Regiments were at the forefront of many battles.

The tour includes a visit to the spectacular Indian Memorial dedicated to the memory of Indian soldiers who fought and died for the freedom of Europe, and a trip to Ypres, where you will have the opportunity to take part in the famous ceremony at the Menin Gate and wonder around the quaint Belgian town.


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 Vaisakhi celebrations
 The Maharajah & The Kohinoor at the New Art Gallery

The bass beat of the traditional punjabi dhol reverberated through the New Art Gallery in Walsall during this years Vaisakhi celebrations. Spectators packed the galleries atrium and enjoyed an afternoon of colourful events including bhangra a traditional punjabi dance performed by the amazing Gabru Punjab deh, gidha and other activities such as yoga and mehndi hand painting.

The days festivities included a performance of Maharajah and the Kohinoor play to a capacity audience in the Garman Ryan Gallery. The play which tells the tragic story of Maharajah Duleep Singh the last king of the Sikhs is currently touring around the country until December.

‘...the actors, the set and their professionalism was second to none, the children and all who attended enjoyed the event' Surjit Singh

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India Noir
 The Singh Twins at work. Image

As part of a major exhibition, The Indian Portrait 1560 – 1860, on at the National Portrait Gallery, London,  ASHT will host a Late Shift event with internationally renowned artists the Singh Twins.  The Late Shift series runs on Thursdays and Fridays and allows visitors to explore the special exhibitions after hours.

India Noir which takes place this Friday the 14th of May at 8:15pm will see the twins talk about the ‘Sikh' influences in their work and how it has contributed to British contemporary art.

FREE admission

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Banda Singh Bahadur: Ruler or Rebel?
 Banda Singh Bahadur. Image

A disciple of the tenth Sikh Guru, Banda Singh Bahadur become an iconic Sikh hero when he uprooted Mughal imperial rule in the Panjab in 1710. Harinder Singh, co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute, will give a presentation on this extraordinary man on June 17 at Kings College in London.

Entitled Political Response to Imperial Hegemony, Harinder will use theological-historical approach in understanding the context of the Khalsa-Mughal confrontation, the presentation will draw upon archaeological, military, and numismatic evidence. It explores how this early 18th century interlude of Khalsa Raj is used as a foundation for a continued understanding of the relationship between the Khalsa and the State, the Sikh attitude towards governance, and how the conscious transmission of the historical memory of Banda Singh Bahadur provides a rich repertoire for Sikhs even in contemporary times.

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Other News & Events
Image1. Oxasians flyer Image 2. Watercolour ‘A Sikh Sentry’ - Courtesy Royal Geographical Society


A new multimedia installation which brings to life South Asian graduates of Oxford University was launched on 14th April at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. It features ten South Asian Alumni including Maharajah Duleep Singh's daughters Katherine & Bamba as well as current Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The installation highlights key incidents and anecdotes of their time spent at Oxford and through them brings these personalities to life.

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Indian Armies, Indian Art: Soldiers, collectors and artists 1780 to 1880

Opening 19 May at the National Army Museum, London

Exploring the cultural exchange between the British and India in the 18th and 19th centuries, Indian Armies, Indian Art will feature beautiful artworks from the National Army Museum's Collection. Watercolours, mica paintings and intricate sculptures created by local artists and collected by British soldiers will illustrate the story of the British in India from a unique perspective. The exhibition includes a series of remarkable paintings displayed together for the first time, commissioned by Colonel James Skinner, whose father was Scottish and his mother Rajput.

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