Issue No:  13


In This Issue

  • Battlefield Tour
  • The Maharajah & the Kohinoor
  • Maharajah: Sovereign, Squire, Rebel
  • Heritage Shared 2010
  • Other News & Events

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Battlefield Tour
 Two sikhs boys looking at graves at the Grotebeek British Cemetery during the ASHT Battlefield Tour 2010.  Image Taran Singh

The location is the quaint French town of Neuve-Chapelle and a gathering of Sikhs surrounds a stone podium as prayers are recited in Punjabi. The Sikhs are from Britain and they are on a journey across battlefields in northern France and Belgium to honour Indian soldiers who died fighting for Britain in World War I.

The Indian Army fought in every major theatre of operations during the war and around 65,000 Indian fighters were killed.

In Neuve-Chapelle, Indian soldiers under British command were part of two Allied divisions that fought the Germans in 1915. There were heavy losses and an enclosed memorial garden circled by domed pavilions and towering columns is now a permanent reminder of their sacrifice.

"I feel proud that we contributed and were there but also sad at how many people died to give us the life that we have now" Harjit Parmar

Read the full Article by Poonam Taneja from the BBC Asian Network and see images from the tour at

 The Maharajah & the kohinoor
 Scene from The Maharajah & The Kohinoor 2010 Tour. 2010 Tour. Photographs by Jagmeet S. Khalsa

The highly successful spring tour of this unique play telling the tragic story of  a Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last king of the Sikhs, comes to an end this month.

With sell out shows at Nottingham's New Art Exchange, the past four months have seen The Maharajah & the Kohinoor captivate and inspire audiences in towns and cities across the country, bringing them this seldom heard story in Anglo Sikh History.

The play will be on tour again from late September onwards so don't miss the chance to book it for your local, school, Gurudwara or community venue!

"The Maharajah & the Kohinoor was a fantastic success and we were absolutely thrilled with the response from families..." V&A Museum

Further information and images from the spring tour at

Maharajah: Sovereign, Squire, Rebel
 Maharajah Duleep Singh. Image Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Thetford’s Ancient House, Museum of Thetford life, launched a new exhibition on Saturday 19th June dedicated to Maharajah Duleep Singh. This small Norfolk town was home to the last king of the Sikh Empire and it is where he is still buried to this day.
The exhibition highlights Duleep’s life and that of his family and will have on display many previously unseen objects including the pearl necklace of Rani Jindan, a Portrait of Duleep Singh by George Beechey, Duleep Singh's velvet jacket, Maharani Bamba's Vanity case, Prince Frederick's military uniform, and much more...

Further information at

Heritage Shared 2010
 Bhangra Workshops at Eastnor Castle Heritage Shared 2009

ASHT' s groundbreaking annual season of events ‘Heritage Shared‘, returns this September with more events to inspire, inform & entertain!

With lectures highlighting many topics including the life of the infamous Udam Singh, storytelling for kids, and performances of the Maharajah & the Kohinoor, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Further details will be published on the ASHT website and on our Facebook Page in the coming weeks...

Further information at

Other News & Events
Image1. Maharajah Ranjit Singh.Image NAM 2. Chattri Memorial. Image H S Grewal

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

An ivory chess set, watercolours of Indian soldiers and miniature paintings presented by Maharaja Ranjit Singh form part of this new National Army Museum exhibition which opened on 19th May.

Exploring the cultural exchange between the British and India in the 18th and 19th centuries Indian Armies, Indian Art: Soldiers, collectors and artists illustrates the story of the British in India from a unique perspective.

Exhibition curator Pip Dodd said "...this exhibition will be a great opportunity for Museum visitors to learn more about this fascinating and beautiful collection"

Further information at

Chattri Memorial Service

On Sunday 13th June a service dedicated to Sikh & Hindu soldiers who fought during world War one, took place at the Chattri Memorial on Patcham Downs. 

This annual service is held on the spot where those soldiers that died in Brighton from their wounds, were cremated.  Organised by local teacher Davinder Dhillon the service attracted Sikhs from all over the country and this year was attended by over 300 people.  Many wreaths were laid in remembrance by dignitaries which included the Indian High Commissioner and the Undivided Indian Ex Serviceman’s Association.

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