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      September 8, 2019

      Sunday   2:00 PM

      5 Cox Terrace
      Singapore, Singapore

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      Uncovering The Story of Singapore's First Sikh - The Saint Soldier

      Uptake Media and the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board, in partnership with the Singapore Bicentennial team, are pleased to invite you to join us for the pre-launch of the documentary, The Saint Soldier - Uncovering The Story of Singapore's First Sikh; Bhai Maharaj Singh.  As we move closer to the release of the feature documentary in December 2019, we are keen to share our vision and progress, and more about the Sikh community in our diverse city-state, Singapore. Our documentary unveils the story of Bhai Maharaj Singh, a captivating journey that weaves Indian, British colonial and Singaporean narratives. Documentary Synopsis:   A valiant and spiritual warrior, Bhai Maharaj Singh was captured by the British during the 19th Century Anglo-Sikh wars in India. He was brought to Singapore as a state prisoner and died in Outram Prison in 1856. More than a century on, his memory is thriving. From Singapore General Hospital grounds to his current resting place at the Silat Road Gurdwara - what keeps this Saint Soldier’s memory alive in the lion city and beyond? Event Programme Welcome Talk by Simranjit Singh & Upneet Kaur-Nagpal (Executive Producer & Director) Introduction of Production Team Screening: Pre-production teaser of "The Saint Soldier" Talk by Professor Tan Tai Yong (President, Yale-NUS College) Panel Discussion Screening: 'Singh In The Lion City'  Light Refreshments Guest of Honour: Ms Sim Ann Senior Minister of State,Ministry of Culture, Community and YouthMinistry of Communications and Information Guest Speaker: Professor Tan Tai Yong Professor Tan Tai Yong is Professor of Humanities (History) and President of Yale-NUS College. He has published extensively on the Sikh Diaspora, social and political history of colonial Punjab, de-colonisation and the partition of South Asia, and Singapore history. His books include Seven Hundred Years: A History of Singapore, Creating Greater Malaysia: The Politics of Merger; The Garrison State, and The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia.  He is a former Nominated Member of Parliament and honorary chairman of the National Museum. Professor Tan was the 6th S.R. Nathan Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. Panelists: Upneet Kaur-Nagpal (Filmmaker/ Founder, Uptake Media) Upneet is a Singaporean filmmaker, who is fascinated by people and equipped with a desire to refresh tired perspectives. Her films find themselves amidst diverse communities - from Romany gypsies, silhouette artists and homeless people in London to poet migrants workers and the Sikh diaspora in Singapore. A former content producer/director for Channel NewsAsia, Upneet returned to freelance work in 2014 and started her own platform, Uptake Media a year later. Her documentary, Singh In The Lion City (2017) discusses Singapore's shared heritage via the local Sikh diaspora. She is currently making a feature-length documentary on the life story of Singapore’s first recorded Sikh, Bhai Maharaj Singh in The Saint Soldier, due to release in December 2019. Li-Jen Tan (Research Associate, Yale-NUS College) Li-Jen Tan is a Research Associate at Yale-NUS College. Her work on Bhai Maharaj Singh was published in a chapter in an edited volume, The South Asian Diaspora: Transnational Networks and Changing Identities (Rajesh Rai and Peter Reeves (eds.); London; New York: Routledge, 2009). Her research on the topic can also be found in her master's thesis, Sants and Martyrs in the Diaspora: Sikh Identities in Post-Colonial Singapore and Malaysia (A.E. Department of History, National University of Singapore, 2006). Besides academic writing, her creative writing pieces have also been published in Body Boundaries: The EtiquetteSG Anthologies Volume I (The Literary Centre, 2014) and Crossings (NUS Museum, 2019). Simranjit Singh (CEO, Guardant Health AMEA) Simranjit Singh is the CEO of Guardant Health AMEA (GH AMEA), Inc., a joint venture between Guardant Health, Inc. & Softbank. He has more than 15 years of senior management experience in Asia Pacific working with biopharma, diagnostics and medical device companies. He leads GH AMEA which is a global leader in precision oncology. Simranjit is an advisor to Xietgeist  Entertainment & has been an Associate Producer of the Hollywood Film - Hotel Mumbai. Vithya Subramaniam (Anthropologist)(Moderator) Vithya Subramaniam is an anthropologist interested in memory, materiality, and space. Her research has focused on Sikh mnemonic spaces and the work of cartography in remembering ‘Punjab’. Extending from this, she also thinks about the narratives of Sikhs in Singapore. Vithya is a co-founder of Sikh Heritage Trail; the playwright behind Sikhs of Serangoon; and has been teaching with the South Asian Studies Programme at NUS, including an ‘Introduction to Sikhism’ course. Vithya holds degrees in South Asian Studies from Columbia University and NUS. She will soon embark on a DPhil in Anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK.

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