Rishi Singh is a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was awarded the prestigious Felix Scholarship to do his research at the university. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s in Arts in Persian Language and Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has an M.Phil in Persian Language and Literature from the University of Delhi. Coauthor of a well acclaimed book on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, he has been a Research Associate of books on Golden Temple, Anandpur Sahib and Hemkunt Sahib. His most recent and well reviewed publication is State Formation and the Establishment of Non- Muslim Hegemony: Post-Mughal 19th century Punjab. He has been involved as a Project Advisor (India) for the United Nations University Leadership Academy, Amman. Well published in national newspapers, research journals, and magazines in India and Canada, he speaks fluent Persian, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English, and was also instrumental in the structuring, planning and the execution of the project www.canadiansikhheritage.ca, under the auspices of University of Fraser Valley.
Photographer: Sondeep Shankar
For over three decades, Sondeep Shankar has roamed the length and breadth of India to document the human side of any activity, whether social, cultural, religious or political. Beginning his career as a photographer with the Hindustan Times, he has since worked for various national and international media organizations. Sondeep is currently consulting editor for pictures with the Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle. Sondeep’s first book, Rajasthan, was published by Roli Books in 1980. His other published works include a ten-book series on various aspects of Sikhism, Childhood in India, Havelis of Old Delhi, Ganesha—The Lord of Beginnings and Devi.