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Join noted scholar Dr. Nadhra Khan, associate professor of history at the Mushtaq
Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan, for
this illuminating talk commemorating the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru
Nanak (1469–1539), the founder of Sikhism: Nanak, Sikhan da Guru, Musalmanaṇ da Pir! Khan explores the iconography used
in portraits of Guru, reviving forgotten relationships between words and
paintings dating to the 17th through 19th centuries, Guru is usually portrayed
with a fixed set of attributes, each laden with references to cultural
practices and beliefs. While a few of these associations are still in
circulation, many are long forgotten, a consequence of colonial attitudes
toward vernacular practices. In this lecture, Khan focuses on a particular
object we find in Guru images, his chadar,
or shawl, and the oral or written traditions it signifies.
The program also features
filmmaker A. K. Sandhu’s short documentary “Expressions of Divinity,” showcasing the first U.S. museum exhibition
of contemporary Sikh art, presented in honor of the 550th anniversary of the
birth of Guru Nanak.
in partnership with the Sikh Foundation, http://www.sikhfoundation.org/.