Religion Sikh Musicology Sikh Studies

Music and Memory of Gurbani Sangit

Bhai Baldeep Singh

For the lecture series on “Music, Memory, and Identity” curated by Dr. Francesca Cassio, the renowned kirtaniya and scholar Bhai Baldeep Singh discussed the transformation in Sikh (musical) praxis and self-understanding by influential reform movements under the pressure of colonial and then nationalist forces.

The talk, presented on November 14, 2018, touched upon the clash of oral and written accounts on Gurbani Sangit, and the strategies to preserve its musical heritage in danger of disappearing.

The event was organized by the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Chair in Sikh Studies and the Department of Religion, in collaboration with the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology.

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