The full beauty and depth of 500 years of Sikh culture is explored in this lavishly illustrated collection of essays on the religion's art and literature. The collection is accompanied by more than 100 black-and-white photos and 24 color plates depicting the finest Sikh art, some of it reproduced for the first time.
Sikh culture emerged with the dawn of the modern age in a land that was a thoroughfare of invading armies, ideas, religions, and arts from the East and West. The poetry of scriptures, the illustrated life stores of Guru Nanak, the paintings from various early artistic schools and regions, the dazzling treasures of the Sikh Kingdoms, the romantic artworks of visiting European dignitaries, and the serenity of Sikh sacred architecture all provide doorways to this heroic and revolutionary faith. Journal excerpts, new translations of early twentieth-century poetry, popular poster art, and a depiction of the 1984 storming of the Golden Temple, add depth and originality to this fully accessible volume. Often overlooked, the importance of art, poetry and literature is crucial to our understanding of Sikh religions. Together this collection of remarkable essays and exquisite art illustrates the impact and value of Sikh culture-with its blend of tolerance, egalitarianism and rational mysticism-in the Modern Age.
..."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