Sikh legacy: Exhibition on Maharaja Ranjit Singh opens in UK

Empire of the Sikhs- a major exhibition displaying over a hundred objects and artworks related to Sikh warrior Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family, army and period of kingdom- opened at Brunei Gallery, SOAS in London of the United Kingdom Thursday. Amandeep Madra, chairman, UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) said, “It’s the first time that majority of these objects have been put on display as many of them are private collections. Objects and artworks on display include those from the treasury of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, personal items of him and his family, those related to his army, foreign officers he employed and people and trade of undivided Punjab during his kingdom period from 1799-1849.” Known as Sher-E-Punjab (Lion of Punjab) for his powerful military in his 48 years of reign, his kingdom spread over undivided Punjab (modern day northwest India and Pakistan).