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.



Andrew Whitehead

The Lives of Freda Bedi

August 2, 2021
Historian, lecturer and journalist Andrew Whitehead will join the Bookclub to talk about the little-known story of Freda Bedi. Bedi was an English woman who made her life in India after marrying a Punjabi-Sikh student in Oxford in 1933. After marriage, Bedi regarded herself as Indian and lived in Lahore where she championed India’s national cause during the Second World War. She later became an active Kashmiri nationalist, a Tibetan Buddhist and towards the end of her life a Buddhist nun, but India would remain her home to the end.

Virinder Kalra

When Nusrat came to Slough

August 9, 2021
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was undoubtedly one of the most popular Qawaali singers of South-Asia and thus in 1989, Nusrat performed at Slough Gurdwara singing texts from the Sikh tradition. Virinder Kalra joins the Bookclub in conversation with Pritpal Singh to explore the ways in which Nusrat’s Qawaali engaged with other spiritual music texts. He will look at how the space of diaspora enabled interactions across religious boundaries and created the conditions to re-imagine a nineteenth century Punjab in which the role of musicians was not delimited by their religious identity.