Beyond Relativist & Plural Diversities of the Musical Word
Gurū Nānak’s Ek-Anek Vision: Beyond Relativist and Plural Diversities of the Musical Word, is a free international conference hosted by Hofstra University’s Sikh Studies and Sikh Musicology Programs, October 10-12, 2019, to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Gurū Nānak Sāhib, founder of the Sikh tradition.
This conference explores and respects Gurū Nānak Sāhib’s unique “One-Many” musical and inclusive vision by holding three free evening concerts by world renowned artists from three separate Indian traditions. They will perform the hymns of Gurū Nānak Sāhib, Bhagat Kabir ji and Sheikh Farid ji – hymns that exist within the Gurū Granth Sāhib (Sikh sacred scripture). During the day, humanities scholars will debate with ethnomusicologists the unique contribution that the Sikh oral and written tradition have made to Indian musical history.
Panel discussions focus on Gurū Nānak’s pluriversal vision and the experiential knowledge embodied and preserved as poetry and performed as song through the Gurbānī kīrtan paramparā, an integral part of the Sikh spiritual practice.
The free evening concerts include:
Thursday, October 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
Guru Nanak’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
The lyrical hymns of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh tradition, are presented in this concert in their traditional form – as transmitted in the Gur-Sikh paramparā – by renowned scholar and 13th generation kirtania Bhai Baldeep Singh accompanied on the dhrupadi rabab by Daud Khan Sadozai (India).
Introductions by Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal, Department of Religion, and Professor Francesca Cassio, Department of Music.
Friday, October 11, 7:30-9 p.m.
Saint Kabir’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
The lyrical hymns of the bhakti saint Kabir (1440-1518) preserved in the Guru Granth Sahib, are presented in this concert according to the traditional style by the renowned head of the Kabir Panth Sri Prahlad Tipaniya (India).
Saturday, October 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saint Farid’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
This concert showcases the poetry of the Sufi saint Sheikh Farid (1179-1266) preserved in the Guru Granth Sahib, performed according to the qawwali genre by Dhruv Sangari, (India), the last disciple of the legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Location for all three
concerts: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center
California Avenue, South Campus
Conference and concert organizers are Dr. Francesca Cassio, the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, and Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal, the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, who teach in the Music and Religion Departments of Hofstra University, respectively.