Whenever the curators are able, they are offering free guided tours to visitors to help them get the most out of the exhibition. Make sure you take the tour too.
We’ve been asking visitors to the exhibition if they know who the organisers are. Turns out that even though they love it, almost nobody knows who organised it. So we at the UK Punjab Heritage Association – UKPHA – obviously have a lot of work to do to raise our public profile!
The Golden Temple model has been a real labour of love for Juga Singh, our designer. It was a brave (some might say foolhardy) decision to attempt something this complex in such a short timeframe, given that he had never done anything like this before.
The latest creation from our mad genius designer, Juga Singh, has arrived at the exhibition: a finely etched, to-scale, perspex model showing the temple complex as it once was, including all the original bungas which once encircled the Golden Temple.
One of the main aims of the exhibition is to help people reconnect with their roots and heritage. We all too often underestimate the immense legacy of teachings left to us by our Gurus and forefathers, and fail to appreciate their value to us in the modern world.
As well as history, imagery and eyewitness accounts, the exhibition also explores the musical traditions of the Golden Temple. The last of the symposium Sundays is devoted to this topic:
One of our younger visitors concentrates on his artwork as he sketches Tibetan pilgrims at the Golden Temple.
In the past, after the Sikh Gurus, it was generally the Sikh royal families, the aristocracy and the rich and powerful who gave patronage to Sikh culture and heritage. Whilst working on the fundraising for this exhibition, it became clear that today’s Sikh aristocracy consists of everyone who has a passion for their roots and heritage. It’s no longer simply about money, power or social status, it’s about appreciation, passion and concern for community welfare.
The GT1588 team have been asked why we chose to launch the exhibition in Central London instead of, say, Southall or another major centre of Punjabi population.