Britain’s Maharajah
The little-known story of an iconic figure in Anglo Sikh history, Maharajah Duleep Singh. Sunday: Fisrt shown on BBC 1 14th of April 2013

In April every year Sikhs worldwide celebrate the Festival of Vaisakhi, remembering their roots and the creation of the Khalsa brotherhood with street parades and Temple prayers.

Maharajah Duleep Singh is an important figure in Sikh heritage as the last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire and the first British Asian settler. His own Sikh faith and beliefs were tested to the limit.

Brought from India at just 15, in the age of Queen Victoria, he lived the life of an English gentleman until rediscovering his roots and being baptised back into the Sikh faith. His story fascinates those who have delved into the history books including ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ film director Gurinder Chadh; Sikh historian Peter Bance who owns a huge collection of memorabilia; and Dr Gurharpal Singh at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

BBC documentary shows the journey of Maharaja Duleep Singh:

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