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Book Signing event at Waterstone’s Coventry (Smithfield Way) – Saturday 15 August (12-3pm)

Posted in Events by Pippa on August 11, 2009

Poster_Waterstones_Cov Meet the authors of the acclaimed book ‘In the Master’s Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib’

Waterstone’s Coventry (Smithfield Way) plays host to the first event of the Midlands book signing tour of ‘In the Master’s Presence’. Don’t miss your chance to meet the authors, expert swordsman Nidar Singh Nihang and historian Parmjit Singh. Anyone buying on the day will get £10 off the retail price. The signing begins at midday.

Further details: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=1&author=Nidar%20Singh|Nihang

Related links:

“British Sikhs revive deadly art banned by the Raj” (Reuters TV report on Nidar Singh Nihang’s efforts to preserve Shastar Vidya, aired Thursday 23 July, 2009) http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=108461&videoChannel=-9992

“Fighting with Razor Sharp Blades” (More4 News TV report on Nidar Singh Nihang’s efforts to preserve Shastar Vidya, aired 8.20pm, Tuesday 2 June, 2009) http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/fighting%20with%20razor%20sharp%20blades/3189257

“Ancient but Deadly: The Return of Shastar Vidiya” (article in The Independent, 5 May 2009) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/ancient-but-deadly-the-return-of-shastar-vidiya-1679002.html

“Picking up the fight to save Shastar Vidya” (article in The Sunday Indian, 7 June 2009) http://www.thesundayindian.com/07062009/storyd.asp?sid=7199&pageno=1

“Weapon Masters – Chakram” (Documentary exploring the history and science of the Chakram, an ancient Indian throwing weapon shaped like a ring with razor sharp cutting edges, aired 10 September 2008 on Discovery Knowledge (UK) and on 8 August 2009 on the Military Channel (USA)) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDNw2slOK3Y

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Ancient but deadly: the return of shastar vidiya

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 6, 2009

Banned by the Raj, the world’s original martial art is being revived by British Asians. Jerome Taylor reports for The Independent

In a fluorescent-lit sports gymnasium at a sprawling sixth-form college in Hounslow, west London, three turbaned Sikh warriors are frantically battling each other with razor-sharp swords. Draped in flowing blue robes and sporting chest-length beards, the three men cavort, twist and counter-attack each other in a blur of clashing blades and skilled confusion.

Watched by scores of eagle-eyed students, the two younger combatants use elegant curved swords and small circular shields to attack a taller and older man who is armed with a long double-edged blade and a simple dagger. Each time his opponents bring their weapons down, the lone warrior nimbly dodges the blow by sidestepping away or deflecting it back on to one of his opponents.

Read full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/ancient-but-deadly-the-return-of-shastar-vidiya-1679002.html

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