BBC Journalist Kavita Puri talks to Aanchal Malhotra about her remarkable book Remnants of Partition which tells the family stories hidden within items carried between the new India and Pakistan, amid chaos and violence. Memories which uncover a rich tapestry of pain and rupture, but also of hope and connection
Dr. Radha Kapuria shows how both music and dance played a vital role in state craft and deeply influenced the Indo-European diplomatic relationship even though it is often overlooked by historians. From performances of the legendary corps of ‘Amazons’ (female performers dressed as warriors) acting as “gifts” to European visitors, to striking a coin in Moran’s name (courtesan, and eventually wife, of Ranjit Singh), music and dance played a intrinsic role in the Court.
The Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1799-1839) died ten years before the British annexation of the Punjab in 1849. his funerary monument or samadhi is located next to the Lahore fort, where the Maharaja lived. The structure is the last state funded project of the Lahore Darbar and represents a high point of nineteenth-century Sikh architecture, second only to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Professor Fenech talks about his forthcoming book which is about a group within Sikh tradition known as the Panj Piare, the first five Sikh disciples who form the nucleus of the Sikh martial community known as the Khalsa.
The origins of Yogi Bhajan's yoga and the reorienting of his 3HO group towards Sikhism