On the Saragarhi day, Sepoy by House of Singh is a collaborative project to show respect, tribute & honour the sacrifice of all the Sikh soldiers who fought in WW1, WW2, Kargil, etc.
We owe a large part of our existence today to the sacrifice of the Sikh soldiers martyred in various past battles. The pride we feel about our turbans today is because of the value, dignity & respect that they built for it. I would like to share a story from history that I read:
The Sikhs of the 25th MT Coy of RIASC (present-day ASC — Army Supply Corps), after their arrival in Egypt, troops, including Sikhs, were issued steel helmets and were ordered to wear these instead of turbans. Major Shirton tried to convince them but Sikh soldiers refused to touch helmets & said:
“You may take off my head, not my turban.”
Sikh history is full of examples where Sikhs have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the turban. “For Sikhs, the turban was made mandatory by Guru Gobind Singh, who singularly excluded wearing of any other headgear except the turban.”
Through this project, we captured photos of a present-day Sikh while keeping in mind a shortlisted image from history for each photo clicked so that through doodling we can recreate that scene/era in our photo. The idea here was to try & understand the situations that these brave heroes lived through & feel even more connected to our history & culture.
Disclaimer: This project is in no way meant to showcase the artist in the shoes of these great human beings. We are by no means comparable to them. Our sole aim is to bring awareness about these often forgotten heroes of our community.