Lost Heritage – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan by Amardeep Singh
‘LOST HERITAGE – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’, by Amardeep Singh, a new book by the Singapore based author and photographer, is a personally researched narrative in over 50,000 words, presenting the diverse remnants of the Sikh community across the country.
The 60-chapter narrative is interspersed with 523 photographs of historic monuments, forts, battlegrounds, commercial and residential establishments and places of worship. This illustrative exploration of arts, architecture, culture and history, discerns the erstwhile secularity of the region.
Seven decades after the searing partition of 1947, the Sikh community continues to yearn to experience its glorious heritage abandoned across Pakistan. For those fortunate few able to visit the country, they remain confined to a handful of functional gurdwaras. Would the heritage of the land where Sikhism was born and the Sikhs had created an empire have been limited to just these few functional gurdwaras? What about the magnificence of the scores of historic monuments, forts, battlegrounds, places of worship, commercial and residential establishments and art associated with the community?
Driven by a deep rooted desire to delve into the vestiges, armed with passion, Amardeep Singh ventured deep into Pakistan. During a month long journey across West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Administered Kashmir, an invisible force was supporting his pursuit. He had entered the country with just a desire and faith but as he connected with like-minded people, all came together to help. His search, primarily focused on discovering the Sikh legacy, also incorporated Hindu and Muslim interfaith aspects that had association with the community.
The scope of exploration in Pakistan encompassed the community’s cultural, social, philosophical and martial aspects between 15th and 21st century?
On return to Singapore, as Amardeep was revisiting the 19th century travelogues of the Europeans who had then travelled across the Sikh empire, which primarily existed across Pakistan, he wondered, whether he too should document his experiences! Could this work serve as a window for future generations to comprehend some aspects of the Sikh heritage that the community is unable to freely access after the partition of 1947.
You are invited to experience the scope of the book, scheduled for a worldwide release in Dec 2015. Visit the books website for more details at http://lostheritagebook.com/
Video motivation and journey in making the book