Punjab Research Group

Course on Sikh sacred music – hosted by Hofstra University’s Religion Department

Posted in Music, News/Information by Pippa on November 18, 2008

It is my great pleasure to bring to your awareness the second course on Sikh sacred music held and hosted by Hofstra University‘s Religion Department. This course is composed of 5 two hour lectures and one public concert:


Sacred Music of the Punjab II: Every Tues and Thurs at 6:30-8:35 pm. November 18, 20, 25, December 2, 4 and 9 (concert)


Lectures: Netherlands 18, North Campus, Hofstra University (Oak Street, off Hempstead Turnpike)


Concert: Monroe Lecture Centre, South Campus, Hofstra University (California Ave, off Hempstead Turnpike)


website: http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/REL/SIKH/index.html


The first course was taught by Bhai Baldeep Singh (Delhi). The second will be taught by Dr. Gurnam Singh (Patiala) along with his group. Such courses have never been offered at a Western University before – this is a very unique and rare opportunity! Hofstra University are proud to be able to promote the study and reflection on Sikh Sacred Music and Song (Gurmat Sangeet and Gurshabad Kirtan). As before, this course will also culminate in a Free Concert, open to the general public, we encourage your participation and attendance.


This Evening Course has still places open, register as soon as you can since these places are limited. See the attached poster for further details. And please forward this news to your sangat (Sikh community).


We encourage full participation by the Sikh Community so that I, as Bindra Chair of Sikh Studies at Hofstra University, can show to the Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor that there is a strong interest in this area, in order that they may invest in building future courses. Such courses and concerts bring academic representation, respect, integrity, and reflection upon the Sikh tradition that can only benefit us all. The Sikh tradition has so much to offer the world about toleration, celebration and respect for diversity that it is a tragedy in today’s troubled times not to raise awareness about the Sikh Guru’s teachings. These courses are very timely given the continued media misrepresentation of Sikhs, and general ignorance of the wider American public; too many Sikhs have been victims of hate crimes based upon mistaken identity. The public needs as much education as possible about who Sikhs are and how glorious and profound their tradition, scripture and service to humanity has been.

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