There are many well known Sikhs in the Western world.  You may recognize…

Monty Panesar

 Monty Panesar 

• Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, popularly known as Monty Panesar, plays for the England cricket team.
• He is the first Sikh to represent a nation other than India in cricket.
• He is a crowd favorite in England, and many English fans have worn patkas and beards while watching Panesar play.
• Nicknames for Panesar include ‘The Montster’, ‘The Python’ (as in Monty Python), ‘The Beard to be Feared’, or most popular ‘The Turbanator’.

 Waris Ahluwalia

 Waris Ahluwalia

• Actor who has played a number of roles in commercials and Hollywood films, including The Life Aquatic and The Inside Man.
• Waris is also a popular jewelry designer and owner of the House of Waris jewelry brand.

 Fauja Singh

 

Fauja Singh 

• Fauja Singh is an over 100 year old marathon runner.
• He is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the oldest marathon runner
• He holds a world record as a runner in his age bracket.
• In 2004 he was featured in an advertising campaign, ‘Nothing Is Impossible’, for sportswear manufacturer Adidas.
• While running marathon races in London, New York and Toronto, he raised money for various charities promoting Sikh culture around the world. He has also raised money for a charity dedicated to the care for premature babies.

 Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany

    Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany 

• Widely acknowledged as the father of fiber-optics.
• Dr. Kapany has over one hundred patents. His research and inventions have encompassed fiber-optics communications, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy and pollution monitoring.
• He is a Fellow of numerous scientific societies including the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
• Named one of seven ‘Unsung Heroes’ by Fortune magazine in their ‘Businessmen of the Century’ issue.

 Amrit and Rabindra Kaur

 Amrit and Rabindra Kaur 

• Amrit and Rabindra are contemporary British artists of international standing.
• Their paintings address contemporary subjects in a detailed, decorative style inspired by the tradition of Indian miniature painting.

 Rabinder Singh

 Rabinder Singh 

• The first judge in the United Kingdom to sit in the high court wearing a turban instead of a wig.
• Rabinder Singh co-founded the Matrix Human Rights Law Chambers with Cherie Blair, wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
• He holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class honors from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Laws from the University of California (Berkeley).
• Also thought to be the youngest person to sit as a judge in the U.K. high court.

 Baltej Singh Dhillon

 Baltej Singh Dhillon 

• First Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer allowed to wear a turban and unshorn beard.
• Graduated from the RCMP training academy in Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)

 Gurbax Singh

    Gurbax Singh Malhi 

• First turbaned Sikh to be elected to the Canadian parliament, the Canadian House of Commons. He was first elected to parliament in 1993.
• Canadian law prohibited members of parliament from wearing headgear of any sort in the Commons. Malhi’s insistence on wearing a turban caused the law to be changed shortly after the election.
• Malhi has introduced numerous Sikh ceremonies to the Canadian Parliament (including an annual Akhand Path and a Diwali celebration).
• He was also instrumental in having the government of Canada produce a postage stamp bearing the khanda symbol.

 Snatam Kaur

 Snatam Kaur 

• Snatam Kaur is an American singer and songwriter.
• She is a popular New Age artist, selling over 70,000 albums a year.
• Snatam Kaur’s albums have topped New Age Retailer’s Top 20 lists every year since 2004.

 Nuvraj Singh Bassi

 Nuvraj Singh Bassi 

• Nuvraj Singh Bassi is a defensive lineman who plays in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes.
• He made history as the first turbaned Sikh in the league. The first Sikh to become a non-medical enlisted U.S. Army soldier since the 1980’s without shedding his turban. Lamba was recruited for his language skills.

 Simranpreet Singh Lamba

 Simranpreet Singh Lamba 

• The first Sikh to become a non-medical enlisted U.S. Army soldier since the 1980’s without shedding his turban.
• Lamba was recruited for his language skills.