Indian Government representatives at Sikh Events
Guest blog by:Rocco One of the highlights of fall in NYC is the Sikh Arts and Film Festival which showcases the story of our community via films and is being held November 2-3, 2012. Along with that is a Heritage Gala which is being held November 3, 2012 to celebrate the rich heritage, culture and...
Unlocking Sikh Creativity (in a Rainforest!)
Kudarat 2011 atOlympic National Parkon July 21- 24 “Inspiration from Within: Unlocking Sikh Creativity” In my experience at conferences/retreats, or at youth camps there is a huge emphasis on sangat. What is it? Who are they? Or, how as an individual, we can make impact. In these discussions,...
Postmodern “Hukam”
Guest blogged by Ajaib Kaur Amrita (Ami) Kaur Dangs sound often is described as a blend of the classical (traditional) and the experimental (non-traditional). Tossing together her North Indian vocal training with impressive sitar skills, she playfully builds collages of inquiry. Also creating the...
Maharaja of Firangi
Guest Blogged by: Harinder Singh Last week I walked into the first exhibition to comprehensively explore the extraordinarily rich culture of the maharajas. Maharaja the splendor of Indias Royal Courts is the feature exhibit at the Victoria & Alberta Museum in London and will be available...
Is RDB really the best we have to offer?
In many ways, the Punjabi-Sikh art scene is expanding exponentially these days. Just 10 years ago, beyond major, mainstream singers, I don’t think there was an arts scene, except maybe in people’s homes. Today, there are film festivals in most major cities like Spinning Wheel and the upcoming...
Navigating the Occidentalist frameworks of art
Does the West’s emphasis of the individual subvert community consciousness in the art world? UK-based artists Amrit and Rabindra Singh explain that the primacy of the individual versus other relationships does not resonate with art elites as naturally as it may for others: “Western contemporary...
Providing Comfort Through Art: A Salon-Owner & Painter
As International Womens Day approaches us this weekend, I wanted to highlight the story of one woman who left a life of violence to a home of comfort built from creativity. Tanya Momi, a Bay Area South Asian woman from Chandigarh, is a painter and owner of Spoil-Me Salon, who left a long-term abusive...