Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold | Indian Heritage Centre

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Indian Heritage Centre opens its first-ever exhibition on Sikh heritage

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Date: 27 Mar – 30 Sep 2021 (Tue – Sun)
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm (Tue – Thu) | 10 am – 8 pm (Fri – Sat) | 10 am – 4 pm (Sun)
Fee: $8/adult | $5/student, seniors or persons with disability
Admission is free for children under 6 years and all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents 

The Sikh community’s long history in Singapore can be traced back to the late 19th century, with their arrival here from the Punjab region in India, via the port of Calcutta, to join the Sikh Police Contingent under the British colonial administration at the time. 

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold, Indian Heritage Centre’s (IHC) first-ever exhibition dedicated to the Sikh heritage presents the rich history and lesser-known stories of this small but prominent Singapore Indian Community.

Exhibition Highlights

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold presents the heritage and culture of the Sikh community in three parts - Roots, which explores the origins of Singapore’s Sikh community; Settlement, which presents the narratives of Sikh migrants in Singapore; and Contemporary Perspectives, which offers glimpses into the experiences of contemporary Sikhs, highlighting the ever-evolving Singaporean Sikh identity and the community’s contributions to the nation.

Image credit Indian Heritage Centre

Image credit Indian Heritage Centre

On display are more than 450 artefacts curated from local and international private collections, institutional collections of Sikh organisations in Singapore, as well as Singapore’s National Collection.

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold is IHC’s second community co-created exhibition and it features the highest number of artefacts for any special exhibition at IHC to date.

Highlights include a photographic installation, Through the Lens, in which local artist-photographer Afiq Omar reimagines the Sikh identity in the context of multicultural Singapore, through a visual juxtaposition of 50 young Sikh adults against iconic Singaporean landscapes.

Additionally, visitors can look forward to a specially-commissioned trilogy of films, Being Sikh, produced by local filmmaker Upneet Kaur Nagpal and writer Balli Kaur Jaswal. The film presents contemporary perspectives on three aspects of Sikh heritage in Singapore – the role of women, tradition and faith.

Sikhs in Singapore - A Story Untold

Gain a deeper understanding of the Sikh heritage and community, from the birth of the Sikh faith to the story of the nascent original community and some of its prominent members in Singapore in Sikhs in Singapore - A Story Untold. 



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Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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