Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Very Sikh Commemoration, of the last Plantagenet King of England

On Monday 23rd March 2015, from 6;30pm-8:30pm, at Ramgarhia Centre, the Sikh community of Leicester held an open event to mark the re-interment of King Richard III.
The event was the Sikh community’s contribution towards re-interment week and King Richard Legacy Project.  The event allowed the community to interpret and celebrate King Richard’s story from under a Sikh lens with a flavour from the royal courts of the Maharajas.
The event was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance.  There were individuals from all communities and backgrounds, including various faith and community leaders; organisational representatives, charities and many more.
The event was a fun, mystical and exciting evening.  It included contributions from the Sikh school, Falcon’s Primary, where pupils detailed relevant Sikh history which ran in parallel to King Richard’s times; this was followed by beautiful and melodious Sikh classical music which utilised various Sikh and South Asian instruments; and concluded with a Sikh martial arts display exhibiting traditional Sikh weaponry, which was incredibly colourful, exciting and profoundly spiritual. 
Amandeep Rai, Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “As British citizens, King Richard’s story is part of our shared history.  Furthermore, it’s truly an occasion for the people of Leicester.  I’m very proud that Leicester’s Sikh community were able to commemorate this occasion with such gusto.”
“The reinterment of King Richard III will be remembered as a uniquely profound moment in English history and it is royally befitting to mark this historic occasion with contributions from Leicester’s proudly diverse communities.” said Kartar Singh, Leicestershire Sikh Alliance.
It has been a pleasure and honour for the Sikh community’s KR3 Legacy Project Team, to have the opportunity to contribute towards this historic occasion on behalf of our community and the people of Leicester.” 
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