The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) launched Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold on March 26 evening, its first special exhibition celebrating the heritage and culture of the Sikh community in Singapore.
The exhibition is the IHC’s second community co-created exhibition and fifth special exhibition and features more than 450 artefacts from over 50 local and international private collections, the institutional collections of 17 local Sikh organisations and Singapore’s National Collection, the highest number for any special exhibition at IHC to date.
The exhibition was launched by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, who delivered an address that was streamed on IHC’s Facebook page. He was given a tour of the gallery by students from the Singapore Sikh Education Foundation and Nan Chiau High School.
The launch was accompanied by pre-recorded performances by members of the Sikh community, who showcased some of their vibrant cultural traditions, including the lively dance form bhangra and a dhol drumming performance.
Mr Tharman said in his speech: “This is a meaningful occasion, not just for the Sikh community, but for Singaporeans. It is the story of a community within Singapore that has contributed, but also epitomises a spirit that all of us want to be part of, which is about staying positive even as we encounter difficulties in life, and contributing to others,” he added
Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold runs from 27 March to 30 September 2021 at the Indian Heritage Centre.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit https://www.indianheritage.gov.sg/, or IHC’S Facebook page.