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Subject: Sikh Heritage Weekend Thanks You!


Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab

Dear Supporters of Sikh Heritage,

Thank you for your wonderful support, energy, and passion in making Sikh Heritage Weekend one of the most historic events in U.S. Sikh history.

Thousands of people varying in age, race, and nationality joined us for a weekend of events that generated buzz in the The Washington Post, The Washington Post Express, The DC City Paper, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, The Guardian, The Associated Press, and many other South Asian media outlets.

We would like to thank you for your support and thank all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers listed below.

We have pictures from the event. If you are interested in purchasing pictures please visit the following links. You will need an OFOTO account to view them. If you don’t have an OFOTO account, the registration is very easy and only asks for an email address and a password.

Also, a DVD will be made in the next month chronicling this historic occassion so stay tuned for more info.

Sample Photo Gallery

We have pictures from the event. If you are interested in purchasing pictures please visit the following link. * SIKH HERITAGE WEEKEND PHOTO GALLERY * If you have any photos from the event that you would like to share with the Sikh Heritage Foundation, please email them to Vijay Chattha, He will upload them onto to make them available to the public. You will need an OFOTO account to view them. If you don’t have an OFOTO account, the registration is very easy and only asks for an email address and a password. Here are several selections from the gallery:

In The News

The Sikh Heritage Project was the focus of several articles after the weekend's events. Click on the links below to read them.

Pre-Event Articles

''Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab'' Opens July 24 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History"
Hollywood Reporter, July 20, 2004

"From the Punjab to the Club"
Washington Post Express, July 22, 2004

"Exhibition of Sikh art, culture at Smithsonian"
Indo-Asian News Service, July 22, 2004

Post-Event Articles

"Smithsonian Opening New Exhibit on Sikhs"
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2004

"Wilson Applauds Opening of Sikh Exhibit at Smithsonian"
India Journal, July 24, 2004

"Art from the Punjab"
Washington Times, August 6, 2004

Special Thanks

The exhibition, Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab, was made possible through the generosity of the following donors:

Drs. Amrik S. and Jaswinder K. Chattha
Grewal Family and Singh Development, LLC in memory of Sardar Sarwan Singh Grewal
Ms. Rajinder Kaur Keith, in memory of Ms. Narinder K. Keith


Dr. & Mrs. Sohan S. and Kamaljit K. Chaudhary
Dr. & Mrs. Brijinder S. and Manorma K. Kochhar
Mr. & Mrs. Gurdip S. and Nirmaljeet K. Malik
Dr. & Mrs. Charn S. and Surinder K. Nandra
Drs. Harvinder S. and Asha K. Sahota
Drs. Harvinder S. and Sonia K. Sandhu


Dr. & Mrs. Ajit S. and Rita K. Arora
Mr. & Mrs. Kuldip S. and Pinderpal K. Bains
Dr. & Mrs. Kamaljit S. and Kavelle K. Bajaj
Drs. Surinder S. and Jagdeep K. Bajwa
Mrs. Manjeet K. Bansal and grandchildren
Mr. & Mrs. Balbir S. and Kuldeep K. Basi
Dr. & Mrs. Guriqbal S. and Jagdish K. Basi, and Amar Iqbal and Heera Basi
Dr. & Mrs. Raghbir S. and Brijinder K. Basi and Rajpreet S. Basi
Drs. Samir M. and Amita K. Bhatt
Sardar & Sardarni Ishar S. and Kuljit K. Bindra
Dr. & Mrs. Balbir S. and Raminder K. Brar
Drs. Satpal S. and Komal Kiron K. Dang
Mr. & Mrs. Mohinder S. and Pawan K. Datta
Dr. & Mrs. Prabhjot S. and Sheena Deol
Drs. Eldan B. and Geetinder K. Chattha Eichbaum
Dr. & Mrs. Narinder S. and Jasbir K. Gahunia
Sardar & Sardarni Jagir S. and Bachan K. Grewal
Drs. Sachinder S. and Bijaya A. Hans
Mr. & Mrs. Daljit S. and Rajinder K. Khara
Drs. Surendrapal S. and Harjit Bala Mac
Dr. & Mrs. Baljeet S. and Reena K. Mahal
Dr. & Mrs. Jasbir S. and Vickie C. Makar
Drs. Jasbir S. and Satinder K. Mann
Dr. & Mrs. Nirmal S. and Balbir K. Nilvi
Dr. & Mrs. Gurnam S. and Khushwant K. Pannu
Dr. & Mrs. Sardul S. and Surinderjit G. Pannu
Dr. & Mrs. Tarlok S. and Amarjit K. Purewal
Mr. & Mrs. Ajit S. and Kanwaljit K. Randhava
Mr. & Mrs. Harbhajan S. and Sharanjit K. Samra
Drs. Rajbir S. and Satwant K. Samra
Mr. & Mrs. Sukhminder S. and Ranjit K. Sandhu
Drs. & Mrs. Ujjal S. and Sukhbinder K. Sandhu
Drs. Jagjit S. and Parkash K. Sehdeva,
and Pauljeet S. Sehdeva
Drs. Baljit S. and Jatinder K. Sidhu
Sikh Heritage Foundation (Weirton, West Virginia)
Drs. Navtej S. and Rekha K. Singh
Drs. Piara S. and Kamla K. Singh
Dr. & Mrs. Ranjeet S. and Justine Overturf Singh
Mr. & Mrs. Ajit S. and Darshan K. Thiara

And many other donors and supporters of the Museum's Sikh Heritage Project.


Special Thanks to:
The Sikh Heritage Foundation (Weirton, West Virginia) for community support.
The Malik family for exhibitry objects.
The Asian Cultural History Program


Thanks, for international support of the Sikh Heritage Project:

Embassy of India
Embassy of Pakistan
National Minorities Commission (New Delhi)
Government of the Punjab, Chandigarh


And, thanks the lecturers and performers in the 2004 Sikh Heritage Lectures as well as the following for their contributions to the exhibition and the Sikh Heritage Project:

Chintan S. Ahuja
Brijeet Aulakh
Shamsher Singh Babra
Dr. Ujagar S. Bawa
Saman Bhuchar
Vijay S. Chattha
Ruby Chinna
Dilawar S. Dhatt
Nelly Dhatt
Parkash Dhatt
Debra Diamond
Archana Elwell
Dr. Mattiebelle Gittinger
Harsharan Kaur
Amandeep S. Madra
Ajinder Mann
Prof. Gurinder S. Mann
Swatantar Mann
Stephen C. Miller
Manprit "Nikki" K. Modi
Raymon Pal
Mirin K. Phool
Amita Sarin

Gibb Schreffler
Bhai Harmohan Singh
Bhai Harvinder Singh
Bhai Jugmohan Singh

Pinky Singh
Dr. Rajwant Singh/Mrs. Balvindar Singh
Sony Metreon (San Francisco, California)
Anita Raina Thapan
Randy S. Tims
Baljit Toor
Lubeena Vasudeva ... and many others

Also, thanks to the following lenders to the exhibition:

Gurpal S. Bhuller
Marian Chandu Ray Bukhari
Hardeep S. and Taranbir K. Chadha
Satjiv S. Chahil
Kulreet K. Chaudhary
Sohan S. and Kamaljit K. Chaudhary
Ganga S. Dhillon
Narinder S. and Satinder K. Kapany
Harinder S. Kohli and Paulina Ledergerber-Crespo
Anmol S. and Surjit K. Mahal
Gurdip S. and Nirmaljeet K. Malik
Rita and Gurinder S. Mann
Mirin K. Phool
Samyukt "Nicky" Sandhu
Sikh Heritage Foundation (Weirton, West Virginia)
Amrit K. and Rabindra K. Singh ("The Singh Twins")
Birendar and Awtar Singh
Gurinder and Harsharan Singh
Jagdeep and Roshni Singh
Sandeep and Pinky Singh
Sharad and Mahinder Tak

Many thanks to the Smithsonian staff, interns, and volunteers who have worked to make this exhibition possible.


Sikh Heritage Foundation
NYX Incorporated
VSC Consulting
The Subcontinental
Badmash: The Weekly South Asian Comic Strip
Mahoot Media
Eclipse Productions
Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force
Tavia Collective
Singh Development
The Sikh Coalition

Vijay S. Chattha,

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