Film unravels historical past behind Punjab’s architectural marvel — Pul Kanjri

Neha Saini

Tribune information service

Amritsar, July 7

The historic website of Pul Kanjri, 35 km from Amritsar, in direction of the Indo-Pak border, has discovered its point out in lots of literary accounts pertaining to the lifetime of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The website was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh between 1800 and 1840 as a resting abode for the king and his troops. But its historical past additionally mentions the love story between Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Mooran Sarkar, a Muslim courtesan. It is believed that Pul Kanjri, that was referred to as Pul Mooran earlier than, acquired its standard title from her since dancers have been addressed as kanjris again within the day.

Pul Kanjri now stands in isolation, proper between the dual cultural cities of Lahore and Amritsar for instance of fantastic architectural heritage of that interval and an emblem of affection. Highlighting the importance of this historic website of Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu, a photographer and an advocate by career, shot a documentary titled ‘Pul Kanjri’ through the lockdown. He shot the movie solo and acquired it edited by his group in Mumbai. It was telecast on a TV channel on Tuesday.

“My sole aim to shoot the documentary was to highlight the story and history behind one of the beautiful architectural marvels of Punjab — Pul Kanjri. Despite its historical significance, Pul Kanjri has not been given its due in contemporary India, especially Punjab. Even in Amritsar, a lot of people are not aware of its existence, which is tragic as Pul Kanjri was a hub of cultural activities during the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh,” mentioned Sandhu. The Punjab Tourism Department contains Pul Kanjri in its heritage excursions, however Sandhu says that mere footfall isn’t sufficient to reconnect with this hidden gem of historical past.

The documentary was launched worldwide by MP Gurjeet Aujla within the presence of DC Shivdular Singh.

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