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Department of Gurmat Sangeet organized and international webinar on 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

November 25, 2020 09:57 PM

Patiala, 25 November:- The whole world is celebrating 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji. The
Department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University Patiala has also planned a series of webinars
to propagate the teaching musicology of Guru Tegh Bahadur bani. Today the department
conducted a webinar on 'Contribution of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib in the field of Gurmat
Sangeet'. Dr Yashpal Sharma Dean Faculty of Arts & Culture offered welcome to the
participating scholars and listeners. The webinar was attended by internationally renowned
Gurmat Sangeet Acharya from Canada, Dr Mohinder Pal Singh. He said that at present where
Gurbani is being propagated and disseminated through raga based kirtan, the Ragis should also
adopt the message given by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji in Gurbani in their life so that the
Sangat could have a profound effect on them. The great scholar of Gurmat and Sangeet, Dr
Jasbir Singh Sabar ex-head Ravidas Chair Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar discussed the
interrelation of Hindustani music and Gurmat Sangeet. He said that Gurmat Sangeet and Indian
Sangeet differ from each other on the basis of usage in different contexts. Dr Jasbir Kaur
principal Gurmat College Patiala discussed the relation of raga and singing style in reference
with poetic styles used in Guru Tegh Bahadar Bani. At the beginning of the webinar, Dr.
Arshpreet Singh Rhythm delighted everyone by singing Shabad ‘Raam Simar Raam Simar’ in
Raga Jaijavanti. Dr Jasbir Kaur said that we need to study deeply about the different styles used
by Guru Sahib and we should take kirtan to the Sangat according to the prescribed style only.
During the closing of the event Dr Paramvir Singh, head of the department Encyclopedia told
that the programs are drawn up by the Department of Gurmat Sangeet on are commendable on
the basis quantity and quality of the webinars. He said, ‘From the perspective of Gurmat Sangeet
and religion such work was not being done by any other organization. This is unique in itself. Dr
Kanwaljit Singh, Incharge, Department of Gurmat Sangeet informed that after the discussion on
the ragas used by Guru Sahib one by one, now the department has conducted the webinar on

Guru Tegh Bahadar’ contribution in the propagation of Gurmat Sangeet. Now the department has
chalked out the future webinar on about contribution of Guru Sahib towards raga tradition of
Hindustani Sangeet. He said that this program would be attended by musicologists from different
parts of the country i.e. North, South, East and West. It will enable us to understand the
contribution of Guru Sahib better way through the point of view of these scholars. He said that
we all know very well the concern of the Sikhs this webinar will provide us with an opportunity
to know the study of the scholars hailing from other religions and regions. Among other
attendees of the webinars Dr Nivedita Singh, Prof. Kulwinderdeep Kaur, Prof. Narinderjit Kaur,
Prof. Jyoti Sharma, Prof. Yashpal Sharma, Swarleen Kaur, Dr Aspreet Kaur have joined online.

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