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The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past

Date: 14 July 2011 Time: 10:30 AM

Finishes: 25 September 2011 Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Exhibition Rooms SOAS

Type of Event: Exhibition

'The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past' will be the first major exhibition on one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, one which is both the epicentre of the Sikh faith and a place of pilgrimage for followers of other traditions. It is also the first major Sikh exhibition since the V&A Museum's 1999 'The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms'.

Organised by a leading voluntary heritage organisation, the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA), this groundbreaking show will trace the temple's history, beginning with its origins as a place where the Buddha once meditated, to its role as the inspiration behind a guerrilla insurgency against foreign invasion that eventually led to the establishment of a Sikh empire in the 18th century.

Spies & Raconteurs, Diamonds & Destruction

The exhibition will bring to life a bygone era when the Sikhs vied with the Mughals, Afghans and British for control of the land in and around present day Afghanistan, Pakistan and North-West India. On show will be a range of beautiful artefacts, photographs, paintings and engravings enhanced with extracts from fascinating eyewitness accounts from, among others, European spies, travellers, artists, memsahibs and raconteurs who visited the shrine in the 19th century.

Historically important objects from this period that will be on show include stunning battlefield weapons, jewellery worn by Rani Jindan, mother of Maharaja Duleep Singh (1838-1893), the last Sikh king of Lahore, and a receipt for the Koh-i-Noor, the world's largest diamond which now has pride of place in the Crown Jewels, but whose own ancient legend prophesied the rise and fall of every empire in whose hands it fell, from the Afghans to the Sikhs through to the British Empire.

Swordplay & Scholarship

Five one-day symposiums will feature a range of international expert speakers who will explore themes of development and history, art and architecture, hospitality and classical learning, martial traditions and classical music.

A lavish book accompanying the exhibition will feature approximately 500 of the earliest images of the Golden Temple dating from the 1820s to 1959 along with extracts from over 70 eyewitness accounts.

Symposium ticket bookings: info@ukpha.com

http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/gallerygoldentemple/

Info on the talks: http://gt1588.eventbrite.com/

Edited by ishvar2
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So TSingh and Amardeep will be at this event!

I was thinking about writing a post on how one day posters on this forum should get together for a day. It would be good to put faces to various posters on this forum.

Maybe one day................ Maharaj kirpa de naal!

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osingh1 we can go together if you wish.

The following lecture also sounds really interesting

‘In the Beginning was the Word’

An overview of the incredibly diverse body of Sikh literature, from the spiritual poetry of Guru Nanak to the ballads of Guru Gobind Singh that inspired an empire, illustrated with rare and beautiful examples of Gurmukhi manuscripts.

Harminder Mann is an independent researcher and cataloguer of Sikh manuscripts based in Toronto, Canada.

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amardeep jeeo

Thanks for the invitation. However I doubt I will make it this year. I hope their is similar event next year. I will definitely attend next year.

I feel it is important that we can organize event where we can all get together and do vichar of gurmat face to face. I think most of the posters on this forum are from UK. Therefore it wouldn't be difficult to organize such an event. If it is organized next year I would definitely attend. Once we organize one gathering we can start to make it more regular.

I hope we can get a transcript of the lecture's especially TSingh's and Harminder Singh Mann. Pretty advanced topics for the average londoner. lol

rabb rakhe

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