Curated in collaboration with SGSS Watford through the Vaisakhi Steering Group

Sardari: Stories of Courage

Sardar means leader. This event focuses on stories of Sikh leadership within a British & Sikh cultural context. 'My Grandad and I' is a play about a Sikh boy and the challenges he faced in childhood, and the challenges of his grandfather. The film 'Saragarhi: The True Story' focuses on on the valor of Sikh Soldiers in the British army.

With a range of activities across the evening including object displays and workshops, there will be something for all the family to take part in.

Accompanying this event will be a remarkable collection of arms and armor from the empire of the Sikhs spanning the 18th and early 19th century as well as unique examples from India. These objects epitomise the valor and courage of the Sikh warriors of old and illustrate first-hand the Sikh martial traditions. This collection features rare and attributed weapons from known Sikh personages which have been collected by a UK based Sikh family.

Images in the Gallery: 'Front' and 'Back'- A Sikh gold-damascened wootz steel cuirass from Lahore, c.1830 (Paul Family Collection).

Tickets £7 (Ticket includes entry for all activities on the day*)

Snacks will be sold throughout the event, including by local caterer Niv's

5pm-5.45pm

My Grandad and I by zeroPlus Theatre (followed by a workshop from 6pm, suitable for children ages 10 and above.*)

'My Grandad and I' is a moving play told through the eyes of an eleven year old Sikh boy called Tarsem. He has a passion to play football, but gets teased and intimidated for wearing the patka (children’s turban). His story explores the experience of first generation communities who face difficult attitudes from the British public.

*Please note that the workshop must be signed up for on the day. Workshop places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. More details about the workshop will be released shortly.

6pm-7.30pm

Screening of Saragarhi: The True Story and Q&A Session

Using unique access to private archives, never-before-seen images, stunning visual graphics effects and re-enactment scenes 'Saragarhi: The True Story' narrates, for the first time on film, the fate of the 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment of Bengal Infantry who on 12th September 1897. They found themselves surrounded by 10,000 enemy tribesmen, on 12th September 1897, during an uprising on the North West Frontier between colonial
India and Afghanistan.

The film is followed by Q&A by the Director and producer of the film, Jagjeet “Jay” Singh-Sohal. Captain Sohal is a writer and filmmaker, and a communications specialist with a unique background both in commercial broadcast and military media ops. 

In 2009 he produced and presented “Turbanology” which delved into the issue of Sikh race-hate crimes post 9/11. In 2010 he launched the film “Sikhs At War”.

 

 

Tickets

Box Office 01923 225671

Tickets £7 (Ticket includes entry for all activities on the day*)