Retracing the footsteps of Singapore’s first Sikh

Unlike many other communities, the Sikhs in Singapore can trace the exact origin of their presence on the island to one ...

Unlike many other communities, the Sikhs in Singapore can trace the exact origin of their presence on the island to one man: freedom fighter Bhai Maharaj Singh.

The saint-soldier is the first Sikh in recorded history to step foot in Singapore, sent by the British in 1850 as a political prisoner.

To mark the nation's Bicentennial celebrations, a documentary detailing Bhai Maharaj Singh's life and influence is in the works, with a trailer released yesterday at the Blackbox at Fort Canning.

The 60-to-75-minute-long documentary entitled "Saint Soldier - Uncovering the Story of Singapore's First Sikh", is targeted for release in December.

It is directed by Ms Upneet Kaur-Nagpal, 40. Mr Simranjit Singh, 40, is the executive producer...

...To recreate the story, Ms Kaur-Nagpal said the team travelled all around the world to trace the life of Bhai Maharaj. She said she saw his story as a portal to that of the Sikh diaspora in Singapore.

The founding of the Sikh community on the island stemmed from the formation of a small Sikh contingent in the police force in the 1880s, after Bhai Maharaj Singh's death.

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