Sikh Musicology

Traditions in Transition

Hofstra University presented a symposium on November 3, 2016, Traditions in Transition: Intangible Cultural Heritage in South and Southeast Asia,
that united scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, theater and Asian studies to sacred traditions of South and Southeast Asia.

Through the participation in workshops given by scholar-practitioners, performances of a central Javanese Gamelan orchestra, Sundanese rod puppetry theater, Sikh sacred hymns, academic lectures, participants in this symposium gained insight into complex performance forms and explore the paradoxical issues currently facing the traditional arts and their definition as intangible cultural heritage in South and Southeast Asia. The event was in collaboration with the Hofstra Department of Anthropology, the Department of Music, the Asian Studies Program and the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology.

The event concluded with a Sikh kirtan performance by Prof. Francesca Cassio, accompanied on pakhawaj by Parminder Singh Bharmra and on taus by Nirvair Kaur Khalsa.

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