A STAR name in the world of Indian music had a glimpse of his heritage in Thetford this week.
Punjabi musician and poet Satinder Sartaaj was welcomed to the town by Mayor Derek Mortimer and had a chance to see the influence of the Maharajah Duleep Singh.
After tea at the town council offices, Mr Sartaaj visited the Ancient House Museum and the statue of the Maharajah on Button Island.
Harbinder Singh, director of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, organised the visit on Mr Sartaaj’s request.
He said: “I think all Sikhs and Punjabis have an emotional attachment to Duleep Singh and the story of the last Sikh kingdom.
“It’s a tragic saga and there’s a pool of sympathy for him – Satinder was there because he wanted to pay homage at the graveside of Duleep Singh.”
Mr Singh said that his guest was a ‘big star’ in India and that he had even been recognised in Thetford by fans who asked for photographs and autographs.
Cllr Mortimer said Mr Sartaaj was ‘delightful’ and the visit emphasised the influence of the Sikh diaspora in Thetford.
Mr Sartaaj is currently on tour in the UK.