35 Akhri is a collective zine project by House of Singh in collaboration with 35 photographers around the globe to celebrate the culture, people, landscape & heritage of Panjab, Panjabi & Panjabiyat this Vaisakhi.
35 Akhri is a Punjabi term that refers to the Gurmukhi alphabet. The first word “painti” literally means “35” and the word “akhri” means “writing” – It not surprising that there are thirty-five letters in the Gurmukhi alphabet. The word Gurmukhi literally means “from the mouth of the Guru”. Gurmukhi is the name of the script used in writing primarily Punjabi and, secondarily, Sindhi language. It is exclusively used to write the Sikh holy scriptures, Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Dasam Granth.
Although the “35 Akhri” was originally just used in Punjab, India, the alphabet has now crossed the frontiers of its homeland. Sikhs have settled in all parts of the world and Gurmukhi has accompanied them everywhere.
35 photographers from India, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada & Australia contributed their photos for the 35 Akhri project. House of Singh (Maninder Singh) designed the whole series of Gurmukhī alphabet by using the photos submitted by the photographers/collaborators.