| Singapore | 4 Jan Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
By Rajeshpal Singh
The Sikh Centre Singapore will launch on Sunday a new Sikh History Programme to instill pride in the Sikh identity and its roots through history.
The programme will kick-start with a three-part lecture series on the Sikh military commander Banda Singh Bahadur beginning on 10 Jan 2016 (Sun).
It is part of a series of lectures and classes which will cover a period of around 150 years between the passing of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the fall of the Sikh Empire.
A Sikh Centre official said: “More often that not, we know more about the times from Guru Nanak till Guru Gobind Singh, but very little of the the 150 years after that. Most of us would probably only know of Hari Singh Nalwa and Maharaja Ranjit Singh but not the other great personalities and episodes of this golden period of the Sikh Empire.
“Besides, the focus on this period we be to gather content and develop lessons on other lesser known episodes in our history to increase awareness, understanding and interest in our history.”
The Sikh History Programme is an extension of existing programmes of the Sikh Centre, a unit of the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board (CSGB). The board also manages the Central Sikh Temple (CST) and Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road.
For mor than a decade now, the centre has had dedicated focus on Sikhi parchar (preaching of Sikhism), gurmat sangeet (kirtan), youth development and engagement of seniors.
The effort for the new programme is powered by a sub-committee of Sikh History Enthusiasts.
It is backed by resource experts such as Apinder Singh and Dr Jaswinder Singh. The former, a Sikh historian at the Sikh Centre, had serve as a researcher at the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) reference library. The latter is a Sikh scholar in comparative religious studies.
The lecture series on Banda Singh Bahadur will highlight aspects of his early life, his military tactics, his battles, his life and the impact he made on the Sikh psyche that further galvanised efforts towards a Sikh Empire.
The lectures will be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to attend live.
The Sikh Centre is a unit of the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board (CSGB) which also manages the Central Sikh Temple (CST) and Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road.
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