Gurmat Sangeet Concert at Hofstra Univ. – Dr. Gurnam Singh Jee
Serious efforts are being made for the preservation of Sikh Art and Culture at the global level that are of historical significance. Â Scholars are making special contributions towards the study and teaching of Sikh Music – Gurmat Sangeet. Dr. Gurnam Singh from Patiala, Punjab (INDIA) is prominent in this direction, who has been working on new ways to revive Gurmat Sangeet and pass it on to the next generation of Sikhs.
Dr. Singh is a Founder, Professor and Head Chairman of the Department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
Its matter of great pride that for the first time, Department of Religion, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY has successfully initiated teaching courses on the topic of Sikh music.
According to Dr. Gurnam Singh, the objective of this course is to introduce the various aspects of Sikh music – Gurmat Sangeet. Â In this regard, Dr. Gurnam Singh has delivered special lectures on Sikh music in context with its origin, development and musicology of the tradition.
Dr. Gurnam Singh has published many books, research papers, documentary films and with the grace of Guru for the first time presented a complete recording of 31 main Raags and 31 Raag forms of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for the students, researchers and listeners of Gurbani.
After this successful initiation, a Sikh Music concert was organised on the sacred occasion of 300th coronation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib by Dr. Gurnam Singh on Tuesday, December 9, 6.30-8.30p.m. at Monroe Lecutre Hall, South Campus, Hofstra Â University, Hempstead, New York.
Amongst disciples of Dr. Gurnam Singh, Amandeep Singh (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar), Manpreet Singh (Punjabi University, Patiala) and Raghbir Singh (known Tabla player from Batala, India) performed Harmonium, Taus, Swarmandal, and Jori respectively. The Keertan performance included a key variety ofÂ Raags, singing styles like folk and classical, and Taal variations along with the accompaniment of string instruments.
The performance displayed key elements of the traditional Sikh Keertan Chowkee that was typically heard during 17th & 18th centuries, during the times of the Sikh Gurus – Shaan, Mangla Charan, and several par-taal shabads. Â Some of the heard – Raag Kaanra, Raag Maajh, and Raag Prabhaati Bhibaas.
You can contact Dr. Gurnam Singh at: (845) 826-3986 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punjabi Article (*.pdf): GURMAT SANGEET CONCERT AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY BY DR. GURNAM SINGH JEE
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