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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Evening Program
Early Sikh Art: The Symbiosis of Painting and Poetry
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

Nikky Singh, professor of religious studies at Colby College, will explore how early Sikh art 1) illuminates the Sikh sacred text, 2) amplifies Sikh theological precepts, and 3) expresses an existential mode of being Here and Now.


Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the head of the department of religious studies at Colby College, and holds the Crawford Family Professor Chair. Her interests focus on Asian religions, feminist issues, and sacred art and poetry.

Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikh studies. A prolific writer, her books include “Of Sacred and Secular Desire: An Anthology of Lyrical Writings from the Punjab,” “Sikhism: An Introduction,” and “Cosmic Symphony,” among many others. She has authored almost 100 articles and book chapters and given more than 250 lectures nationally and internationally. She has been featured on television and radio in America, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, India, and Bangladesh. She has served on the editorial board of several journals including the History of Religions, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Sikh Formations.

Singh came to America to attend a girls’ prep school in Virginia, got her B.A. from Wellesley College, M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. from Temple University.

Professor Singh’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Sikh Studies Fund.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Nikky Singh