UKPHA is recognised as a leading heritage charity, interested in Punjab's arts, literature, history and traditions. The organisation's roots lie in the personal journeys of its founding members who set out to discover and make sense of their cultural inheritance.

The UKPHA Bookclub is back !

We’re delighted to announce the return of the UKPHA Bookclub from 15 February 5PM (UK) We will kick off the new season with Sathnam Sanghera, who will talk about his new book Empireland. You can read more about him and the first few talks below.



Haroon Khalid

Roots of Religious Syncretism in Pakistan - In Search of Shiva

April 12, 2021
Haroon Khalid, anthropologist and author of four books, will join the UKPHA Bookclub to talk about his book ‘In search of Shiva: A Study of Folk Religious Practices in Pakistan.’ He will take the audience on a journey through the traditions that have their roots in the antiquity of the Indus Valley Civilisation and will explore their increasingly fragile place in the modern Islamic Republic.

Gurmeet Rai and Raghu Rai

Amritsar: A City in Remembrance

April 19, 2021
A virtual book launch event of the exciting new book ' Amritsar: A City in Remembrance' - a love letter to Punjab's spiritual and cultural capital, a city that captivates and confounds. Joining us are books authors; Architectural historian and friend of the Bookclub Gurmeet Rai and arguably India's finest and most well-respected photographer Raghu Rai. Join us as they take us on a guided tour of Amritsar, historic and modern, through the lenses of photography and historical research.

Susan Stronge

Lahore in the V&A Collections: Exploring the arts of the Mughal and Sikh capital city

April 26, 2021
Susan Stronge is a Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is the award-winning curator of The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms exhibition, but her main focus is Mughal court culture, about which she has written several books and many articles. Her interests merge in this talk about the rich diversity of artistic production in the Mughal and Sikh capital, Lahore.

Philip Deslippe

The Further Adventures of Bhagat Singh Thind

May 3, 2021
The further adventures of Bhagat Singh Thind - the first turbaned soldier in the US army, campaigner against racist US immigration laws and erstwhile spiritual and philosophical teacher. Philip Deslippe returns to the UKPHA book club to discuss his latest research findings which shed even more light on the already colourful life of Thind.