2006

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Heritage building set to be demolished

Heritage lovers on Saturday received a rude shock to see the shifting of the 155-year-old Saragarhi Memorial Government School, the first school opened by the British Government in 1851, opposite Town Hall, to a new building on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road. The new building poses a danger to human life due to the presence of a [...]

Rare 17th century manuscripts found

AN invaluable treasure from antiquity has been saved for posterity, thanks to the efforts of the person who preserved it without knowing its value, the manuscript hunter, who pursued it tirelessly and the expert who examined its worth. As Survey Scholar for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Dr Harbans Lal Bawa, keeps looking for [...]

Punjabi heritage comes alive in Chandigarh Exhibtion

It is not common knowledge that in 1960, UNESCO commissioned the Sahitya Akademi to translate a selection of sacred writings of the Sikhs. In pursuance of the mission, the then Vice-President of India, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, called a meeting of eminent Sikh scholars who brought out the book, which was to be the first in [...]

Punjabi heritage comes alive in exhibition

It is not common knowledge that in 1960, UNESCO commissioned the Sahitya Akademi to translate a selection of sacred writings of the Sikhs. In pursuance of the mission, the then Vice-President of India, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, called a meeting of eminent Sikh scholars who brought out the book, which was to be the first in [...]

Nek Chand is first Asian to get International Living Heritage Medal

Environmental artiste Nek Chand today became the first Asian to receive the prestigious International Living Heritage Medal, instituted by the Living Heritage Society, USA. The award, which promotes excellence in art, literature, dance and theatre, was presented to Nek Chand in the amphitheatre of his Rock Garden. Doing the honours on the behalf of society’s [...]

My City A victim of official apathy

I always loved living in Amritsar – a city with history and traditions and having a lifestyle of its own. One of the younger cities (founded only in 1577 AD) Amritsar grew fast in stature. With five sarovars (sacred tanks), Golden temple and Akal Takht, it soon emerged as the t important centre of the [...]

Amity que gets facelift

The que which shares a wall with Jallianwala Bagh where Sai Hazrat Mian Mir performed namaz after laying the foundation stone of the Harmander Sahib stands testimony to the composite culture of the city. However, the structure has recently been given facelift without having any clue about its archeological significance. The que is just 100 [...]

The Forgotten Master

The Raj, Lahore and Bhai Ram Singhby Pervez and Sajida Vandal. National College of Arts, Lahore. Pages 268. Rs 1,500. ASK anyone in Punjab about Bhai Ram Singh and you would invite blank stares, even in Amritsar, where there should be good reasons to remember him. He was the man who designed Khalsa College, Amritsar, [...]

Sikh Gurus gifted artifacts to my forefathers, says Syed Qadri

Hazrat Makhdom Syed Chan Pir Qadri, who claims himself to be the “Gaddi-Nashin” of Hazrat Sai Mian Mir, today claimed that the artifacts in his possession were gifted to his forefathers by the Sikh Gurus and not “bogus” as claimed by Justice Mohammad Akram Bittu, a retired judge, Lahore High Court, and Chairman, Aukaf Board, [...]

Giving new look to old traditions

In order to enrich established traditions and cultures, it is imperative to view them with fresh perspectives and American (soon to be Canadian) scholar with a Punjabi penchant, Anne Murphy, is trying to do precisely that. Anne is here on vacation. Her husband and son are accompanying her, and she is also doing some preliminary [...]