Panjabi Library Presents Interactive Experience With Khalsa Raj Exhibition

Panjabi Digital Library is gearing up to launch The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politic exhibition in Surrey, British Columbia and is making every effort to impress to create an interactive experience. Panjab Digital Library whose mission is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the culture and history of Panjab, sees this exhibit as a key opportunity to increase the general awareness of Panjab’s rich history to Canadians. In partnership with the Khalsa Credit Union and Surrey Libraries, the exhibit will be on display at City Centre Library (10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC) from April 11-24, 2013.

The exhibition, a Canadian exclusive, celebrates the independent Sikh spirit under the leadership of Banda Singh Bahadur, spanning the years 1708-1716. It begins with Banda’s meeting with Guru Gobind Singh, and includes materials that illuminate major incidents, significant forts and historical artifacts. Additionally, quotes from contemporary sources have been woven throughout the exhibit to create a sequential order of events as they occurred until Banda’s martyrdom.

“PDL Canada is proud to introduce The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politic exhibition to Canadians. The exhibit helps to showcases the importance of digitizing Panjab’s heritage and PDL’s mission,” said President of PDL Canada Baljinder Kaur Narang.

Organized chronologically and thematically, the installation was conceived with an eye to illustrate the rich and ongoing dialogue about the impact Banda had on the psyche of the rulers of that time. A sampling of material includes reproductions of unpublished contemporary letters in Marwari, which afford a context that illuminates the concerns and ambitions the cultural group in that timeframe. The exhibition unfolds with paintings illustrating the events and eyewitness accounts of the executions of the Sikhs and Banda.

The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politic exhibition is free to visitors and open to all ages.

The exhibition will be accompanied by mounted images of the exhibition. The images are curated by Panjab Digital Library and will be available during exhibition hours ($15 each).

A range of events and education programs will complement the exhibition. Highlights include:

Media Launch will animate the exhibition April 11, 2013 at 2 pm; illustrating the key role PDL Canada and the exhibition have for preserving Panjab’s heritage and culture
Guided Tour presented April 18, 2013 at 2pm. Explore the exhibition with skilled guides who will describe how it relates to culture and history. Tour is suggested for audience of 16+. Advance notice is recommended. (To reserve a spot contact: 604.805.5824 or 778.773.0899)
The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politic Talk will take place on April 19, 2013 at 6:30pm. Featuring renowned speaker, Harinder Singh, Educator and Activist, discussing the essence of the Sikh spirit under the leadership of Banda Singh Bahadur, spanning the years 1708-1716.