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A Land Beyond the Border: Rediscovering Sikh heritage in Pakistan

Amardeep Singh
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Talk 7.30 pm
UBS, 52/F, Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance Street, Central
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In this talk, author Amardeep Singh tells of the rich Sikh culture and history in Pakistan, drawing on his own journeys and heritage. Following the end of the British rule of India in 1947, Sikh communities were caught up in the conflict between the newly formed states of Pakistan and India. Many were forced to abandon their homes, leaving behind numerous gurdwaras (places of worship), historic forts, havelis (private mansions) and monuments attesting to a once flourishing Sikh Empire in what is now Punjab and Kashmir.

Since his Sikh forebears were divided by the partition of India, Mr Singh decided to visit these important and sacred sites, embarking on a month-long journey into 36 cities in Pakistan in 2014.  The discoveries made on this journey inspired him to continue to explore his forebears’ history.  He undertook a second trip to 90 cities in Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and East Punjab in 2017.

On his travels, Mr Singh took documentary photographs, focusing on architectural feats and landmarks and capturing a sense of place and time with each image.  His photographs are permeated by a sense of nostalgia, given the repurposing or loss of many Sikh heritage sites, but also highlight the breath-taking beauty of landscape and architecture.  The images of still functioning gurdwaras pulsating with devotees show the enduring spirit of the Sikh communities. 

Amardeep Singh was educated at The Doon School in India, later studying Electronics Engineering at the Indian Manipal Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Chicago, USA.  He now lives in Singapore and has worked in the corporate sector for 25 years, while simultaneously maintaining pursuits in literary and creative arts.  He has authored two books, entitled, Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan and The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan.  

Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to UBS for its generous assistance with this lecture.

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