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Volume 54 Number 4, June 2003

New Insights into Sikh Art


Edited by:  Kavita Singh

Price:   Rs 2250 (INR) / $66 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   148 pages, 101 illustrations  
ISBN:   81-85026-60-2  
Dimensions:   324 x 241 mm

    This book seeks out fascinating and important aspects of Sikh art and heritage that have not often been studied before. Beginning with an essay that explains theologicaI developments within Sikhism, the book moves on to study the building projects commissioned by the saintly Guru Arjan and his warrior son Guru Hargobind. Another important paper studies a range of manuscripts of the Adi Granth; two essays deal with the courtly arts, the focus being painting at Patiala. Finally, the book looks towards the present and the future with essays on images of and by Sikhs in photography, early-modern art, and the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib.


    Kavita Singh is Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Apart from Sikh art, her research interests include the history of museums in India, and Indian painting. 

    Introduction
    Kavita Singh

    The Sikh Tradition in the Pre-Modern Period
    Pashaura Singh

    Brick by Sacred Brick: Architectural Projects of Guru Arjan and Guru Hargobind
    Gurmeet Rai and Kavita Singh

    Illustration and Illumination in Sikh Scriptural Manuscripts
    Jeevan Singh Deol

    Allegories of Good Kingship: Wall Paintings in the Qila Mubarak at Patiala
    Kavita Singh

    The Changing Face of Things: Little Known “Sikh” Portraits from Patiala
    B.N. Goswamy

    Symbols of Identity: Photographs of a People
    Divia Patel

    Twentieth-Century Sikh Painting: The Presence of the Past
    Urmi Kessar

    The Khalsa Heritage Complex: A Museum for a Community?
    Anne-Colombe Launois (Sat Kaur)

    Index