Sikh museums as model of knowledge tradition

Research Article
*Daljit Kaur and Kulwinder Kaur
Museums, Knowledge Traditions, Sikh Museums and Heritage Conservation

Historically, collecting, maintaining, and studying the artefacts have been the primary functions of museums. This monograph attempts to analyse crucial role played by advanced Sikh museums in stabilising knowledge and transmitting it to the audience. Sikh Heritage Museum in different cities are playing vital role in conservation of their heritage and traditions. Three Museums are revisited in different cities, Central Sikh Museum, Amritsar, displaying antique weapons, manuscripts and portraits to illustrate Sikh history and culture. Khalsa Heritage Centre - ‘Virasat-e-Khalsa', Anandpur sahib, Ropar, Punjab, with its 400-seater auditorium, permanent exhibition spaces, two-storey library with historical manuscripts from Sikh History and Heritage; Baba Baghel Singh Sikh Heritage Multimedia Museum, New Delhi – emphasizing Sikh principles through artwork, murals, digital screens, multilingual sound. As reported by The Economic Times, Virasat-E-Khalsa has emerged with most foot traffic, over 5000 tourists visiting daily. These museums have connected generations with their history and heritage by expanding their horizon beyond the traditional bounds. Hence, proving useful in imparting knowledge not merely developing as informational sources but as agents of social and economic transformation. This paper also emphasises on creating awareness among suburbs and creating more and more archives and museums to bring all into one-fold of imparting knowledge traditions among us.