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 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.