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Sikh Heritage: A History of Valour and Devotion

Sondeep Shankar (Author) Rishi Singh (Author)

Sikh Heritage: A History of Valour and Devotion is a succinct and delightfully photographed glimpse into the community’s religion, its ten gurus, its temples, traditional systems of governance, history, architecture, and the famous Golden Temple. This book traces the history of valour and devotion of the Sikh community, which forms a small percentage of India’s one billion population, yet produces a significant amount of the country’s food reserves. Despite the brutal assaults of history faced by the Sikh community – such as the partition of Punjab – they have still maintained the merit of their heritage. A photographic documentation of the Sikh historicity through objects both in time and space, such as the beautifully captured images of Harmandir, its toshakhana, and takhats or temporal seats of the Sikhs, portray a unique relationship between the edifice and the Sikhs – thus, each photograph is a story in itself. This new approach aims at the conception of Sikh heritage not only as the sacred masterpieces of the past to be valued and conserved, but also as emblematic and living spaces to be appropriated by the local communities, who are the bearers of a rich and active collective memory.

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About the author

Sondeep Shankar

SONDEEP SHANKAR is one of the leading photojournalist in India. His photographs have appeared in many new magazines across the world. He has several publications to his credit including Ganesha: The Lord of Beginnings: Havelis of Old Delhi; The Golden temple: Childhood in India; Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Hemkund Sahib. Sondeep is presently working on a series of pictorial books on the Sikh heritage. He has done extensive work on Hindu gods and goddesses.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sikh Heritage: A History of Valour and Devotion
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 9788193984604
length 216p.