Issue No:  16


In This Issue

  • 'The Rebel Queen'
  • 'Sher Soorma'
  • 2011 Battlefields Tour
  • Sikh Heritage in the Midlands
  • Other News & Events

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'The Rebel Queen'
 Maharani Jindan Kaur. Portrait by George Richmond

Late last year an article entitled 'Thorn in the Crown' by Herpreet Kaur Grewal featured in the Guardian newspaper. It delved into the life of Maharani Jindan Kaur, the fearless widow of Ranjit, who challenged the British after the annexation of the Punjab.

Following on from the article ASHT arranged a screening of short film 'The Rebel Queen ' by LA based Director Michael Singh, at the Nehru Centre. To a packed auditorium the documentary revealed some of the turmoil, murder, mayhem and diplomatic intrigue surrounding Maharani Jindan Kaur. It was followed by a lively Q & A session with many in the audience eager to learn more about this remarkable character.

Further screenings of the film are planned for later this year.

Read the full article at

 'Sher Soorma'
 'Sher Soorma'

The work of ASHT was cited as the motivation behind a new single released on 24th February. Produced by famous producer Gupsy Aujla, 'Sher Soorma' is dedicated to the legacy of the Sikh Regiment.

Talking about the single, Project Manager Jarnail Singh said:

'We initially sat down to find a project which could educate and remind the younger generation about our Sikh history and our identity... We concluded that the legacy of the Sikh Regiment, who fought proudly during the two World Wars was a perfect example which we could use for 'Sher Soorma'. ASHT has done pioneering work in reviving the legacy of this important element of Sikh history and we were delighted with their support'

The project has been supported by a number of successful and influential British Born Sikhs including; International Bhangra superstar Sukshinder Shinda & renowned English cricketer Monty Panesar. Also supporting the project are internationally acclaimed producers Tigerstyle, and leading MMA fighter Subaig Singh.

The single is available to download via iTunes and the artists have kindly agreed to 10% of all profits raised going towards the future sustainability of ASHT.

Listen to the song & find out more at

2011 Battlefields Tour
 Preserved First World War trenches Tour 2009

Plans for this year's guided tour of the World War I battlefields are now in place. The day trip will take place on Saturday 27th August 2011.  This is always one of the highlights of the year so if you too are interested in retracing the footsteps of our ancestors during these epic battles then please sign up ASAP.

Here are just a few comments from previous visitors:

My favourite time on the trip was taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. I felt very proud to represent both Britain and India. I really wanted everyone to know we, as Sikhs, are a very important part of British history. Jeevan Kaur Age 10

It was a huge learning & emotional experience. Jagdish Pamma

With the information and guidance provided by the Historians I could almost hear, smell and feel the battles that took place...Ambi Ray-Sanghera

Email for further information & to register your interest!

Sikh Heritage in the Midlands
 Satnam Rana at Birmingham Museum viewing the Sikh Sheild

BBC reporter Satnam Rana recently hosted a special two part report on Sikh heritage in the Midlands. The programme which featured contributions from ASHT looked at locations around the Midlands with a Sikh connection, such as Lichfield Cathedral which holds Sikh Battle standards captured during the battle of Sabraon and Birmingham Museum which holds a Sikh shield depicting the Court of Lahore.

The second part explored Sikh migration to Britain and the role Sikhs and their places of worship play in modern Britain.

Speaking on the programme Satnam said:

‘...the West Midlands is home to the largest population of Sikhs in the UK...the Anglo Sikh Trail acts as a reminder of a shared past, present and future'

Watch the reports on BBC Midlands today Facebook Page

Other News & Events
Image 1. Scene from 'The Maharajah & the Kohinoor' Image courtesy Jag Reyatt. Image 2. 'Dastaar Boonga'
The Maharajah & the Kohinoor Tour 2011

After a successful tour in 2010, Zeroculture and The Drum bring you this family theatre production from 13 April 2011 - 31 Oct 2011!

The play 'The Maharajah and the Kohinoor' is a dynamic, theatrical telling of one of the most illustrious episodes in British history. It follows the story of Duleep Singh, Maharajah of Lahore and King of the Sikh Empire, who was deposed by the British as a child and sent to England. Not only was he separated from his mother, but also from his most prized possession - The Kohinoor, the world's largest diamond, taken away from him to be included in the Crown Jewels.

The play is available to book now for your local mela, school, gurdwara or community venue. Special discounts apply to ASHT members on bookings made before 30th April 2011!

There will be Special Preview Showcase's of the play on Tuesday, 8th March at 6:30pm at The Drum, Birmingham and Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm at Guru Nanak Sikh Primary VA School, Hayes, Middlesex.

For information on the preview & bookings email or call 07890 756116

ASHT Membership

Become an ASHT member and your membership will directly support the charity in promoting this unique heritage now and inspire future generations. You can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits which promise to enrich your journey through history.

As a member you will enjoy:

• Exclusive invites to exhibition, book, film and theatre previews

• Discounted publications

• Priority bookings for ASHT tours and training and much more....

Annual ASHT Membership £50 or £35 concessions.

Visit and Join now!

New Display at British Museum

A new display at the British Museum features a rare example of a distinct type of turban known as a "dastaar boonga".

Originally dating from the late 19th century the turban came to London in the early 1900s. It displayed weapons, including two double-edged swords, six throwing discs, and one dagger, and a badge of the 45th Rattray's Sikh Battalion, which eventually became the 3rd Battalion Sikh Regiment of the present-day Indian Army.

The cloth in the original turban is now so fragile that Museum experts have had to use new fabric to display the weapons and badge.

The display is on until 17 April 2011 and will feature free talks on the turban as well as talks on the Sikh faith, and the Sikh Regiments connection to the Rattray clan.

For further information visit

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