Sikh Art and Literature by Kerry BrownSikh Art and Literature by Kerry Brown

Sikh Art and Literature

EditorKerry Brown

Paperback | June 28, 1999

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Sikh Art and Literaturetraverses the 500-year history of a religion that dawned with the modern age in a land that was a thoroughfare of invading armies, ideas and religions and arts of the East and West.
Essays by art curators, historians and collectors and religion and literary scholars are illustrated with some of the earliest and finest Sikh paintings. Sikh modernism and mysticism is explored in essays on the holy Guru Granth Sahib; the translations and writings of the British Raj convert, M.A. Macauliffe; the fathers of modern Punjabi literature, Bhai Vir Singh and Puran Singh; and the 20th century fiction writers Bhai Mohan Vaid Singh and Khushwant Singh. Excerpts from journals of visitors to the court of the diminutive and new translations of early twentieth century poetry add depth and originality to this beautiful and accessible introduction to the art, literature, beliefs and history of the Sikhs.
Illustrated throughout with 42 colour and 92 black and white images,Sikh Art and Literatureis a colourful, heartfelt, and informative introduction to the Sikh culture.
Kerry Brown is the director of programs for the Sikh Foundation. She has been a writer and editor in religious publishing for fourteen years.The Sikh Foundation was founded in 1967 to promote the heritage and future of Sikh faith and culture. Its sponsorships and collaborations include academic chairs, courses and conferences, internat...
Title:Sikh Art and LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.7 inPublished:June 28, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415202892

ISBN - 13:9780415202893


Table of Contents

Contents List of Colour Plates and Illustrations Art Foreword Literature Foreword Acknowledgements
Introduction,Narinder Singh Kapany, Founding Chair of Sikh Foundation andKerry Brown, The Sikh Foundation
1. From Gurus to Kings: Early and Court PaintingGursharan Singh Sidhu, President of The Society for Art and Cultural Heritage for India 2. An Illustrated Life: Guru Nanak in Narrative ArtRobert J.Del Bonta, Asian Art Museum 3. The Sikh Treasury: The Sikh Kingdom and the British RajSusan Stronge, V&A Curator, Museum 4.Golden Temple, Marble Forum: Form and Meaning in Sacred ArchitectureHenry J.Walker, Bates College, Maine
1. The Unstruck Melody: Mystical Mysticism in Sri Guru Granth SahibGobind Singh Mansukhani, former chair of Sikh Studies at Chandigarh University 6. The Western Gateway toSikhism: The Life and Works of M.A.MacauliffeHarbans Lal, trustee of the Academy of Guru Granth Studies 7. Poetry Urges Poetry: From the Guru Granth to Bhai Vir SinghNikky Guninder Kaur Singh, Colby College 8. Critical Ecstacy: The Modern Poetry of Puran SinghSurjit Singh Dulai, Michigan State University 9. Old Culture, New Knowledge: The Writings of Bhai Mohan Singh VaidArdaman Singh, writer, Delhi andNirvikar Singh, University of California, Santa Cruz 10. A Mirror to Our Faces: The Short Stories of Khushwan SinghAbdul Jabbar, City College of San Francisco
Appendices 1. The Ten Sikh Gurus 2. The Contributors to Sri Guru Granth Sahib 3. The Structure of Sri Guru Granth Sahib 4. Custodians of Sikh Art Recommended Reading Glossary.

From Our Editors

A 500-year old culture certainly promises a rich history of art and literature. Kerry Brown proves this with this book examining and celebrating five centuries of Sikh culture. Sikh Art and Literature mixes more than 100 black and white with 24 colour illustrations, verses and stories to send the mind reeling.

Editorial Reviews

..."provides useful insights into Sikh religion and culture."-"Religious Studies Review ..."for a comprehensive overview, including a sampling of Sikh poetry, a look at some 20th century art, and the story of the migration of some Sikhs to North America in the 1890s, "Sikh Art and Literature is an excellent resource."-"Asian Pacific North American Review of Books ..."absorbing...a very engaging read."-"India Today International "This scholarly, and very readable, book brings to the attention of the reading public, in India as well as in the West, new insights into the artistic and literary achievements of Sikhism, a dynamic religious community...It is the often overlooked aspects of the Sikh community, not the more familiar story of Sikhs, that are presented with scholary appreciation in this valuable addition to our understanding of Sikh sontributions worldwide."-Ainslie T. Embree, Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University "Recommended for both academic and public libraries."-Library Journal, May 1, 1999