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Amritsar: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s statue to be installed at Malika Da Butt

Statues of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, Akali Phula Singh and Hari Singh Nalwa to be installed. The Malika Da Butt roundabout, close to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, will soon have a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh – the famed Punjab ruler whose kingdom was annexed by the British soon after his death in 1839. The roundabout once had the statue of Queen Victoria of England but was removed nearly 30...
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Taxi driver’s £40 car boot find turns out to be £75,000 Sikh miniature

The gouache on paper that made £75,000 at Roseberys’ Islamic & Indian Arts sale. Bidders identified the subject as the walled old town of Amritsar with the Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib, the holiest religious complex of the Sikh religion, in the background. Given a rudimentary catalogue description and estimated at £500-1000, it was contested by multiple bidders before it sold on the pho...
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Fading frescoes calls for a facelift

Time has taken a toll on the 19th century murals on the walls of Palkiana Sahib in Amritsar by Kanwarjit Singh Kang I first visited Palkiana Sahib in 1971. I was researching on mural paintings in 19th century Punjab and its walls — both of the inner shrine and the circumambulatory — delighted me. The more than 50 fresco panels, most of these from the Ramayana, and executed on glazed lime plast...
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