Brigadier H.H. Sukhjit Singh is the ninth titular Maharaja of Kapurthala. Educated at the Doon School, he went on to attend the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun. He was commissioned into the Armoured Corps, the Scinde Horse Regiment of the Indian Army and is also an honorary member of the fabled Sikh Regiment. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his gallantry whilst commanding the Scinde Horse during the 1971 Indo–Pakistan conflict. He rose to the rank of Brigadier and upon retirement, has been active in a number of philanthropic and charitable endeavours associated with education, religion, social welfare, heritage preservation, environmental issues and in the rehabilitation and welfare of retired military personnel.
Chief Advisor to the Maharaja of Kapurthala, Cynthia Meera Frederick holds a B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College and has also worked with museums and private collections in the USA and in India. She is now responsible for the preservation of the Kapurthala private archives and is active in addressing heritage issues in Kapurthala as well as the state of Punjab. As a consultant to various production houses, including TV5 France and the BBC, she has helped in the creation of programmes and films depicting the region and is now collaborating on a visual production on Maharaja Jagatjit Singh.
Photographer: Karam Puri
Karam Puri is a fine art, travel and wildlife photographer. His books include ‘School’: Tales from the Doon School, Gujarat: A Journey, Lynndale and The Indian Golf Story. His work has been shown and collected by galleries in New York, Hong Kong and New Delhi and has been published by National Geographic’s Ten Best of Everything. He also teaches photography in Kashmir and climbs high peaks in the Himalayas.