Author: Kavita Singh
Contributor(s)/Artiste(s): Pashaura Singh/Gurmeet Rtai/Jeevam Singh et al
Publisher: Marg Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185026602
Sikh Art is usually identified with the glittering court of
Ranjit Singh at Lahore. Assuming that the achievements of Lahore are well known, this book looks further afield, at other courts and other non-country settings for art, seeking out fascinating and important aspects of Sikh art and cultural heritage that have not often been studied before. Presenting original research on fresh areas, the articles offer new perspectives on the subject.
A major contribution of this volume is its focus on sacred objects and sites which derived not from the art activity of a royal court, but developed under the direction of the Gurus themselves, or through the collective patronage of a community looking to fulfill its sacred needs.
The book looks towards the present and the future with essays on the images of and by Sikhs in the modern and contemporary world. This includes the images of Sikhs in photography, from early portraits to today's fashion images; the attempts of early modern Punjab artists to give form to the Sikh ethos and history; and the grandiose project for the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib, that is now under construction, and when complete will probably from the Sikh community's definitive image of itself.