Updated: September 3, 2021 10:49:07 pm
To commemorate the ‘Prakash Utsav’ of Guru Granth Sahib, a virtual International Symposium on Sikh Architecture will be held in Chandigarh on three days — September 7, September 14, and September 21.
In a statement released on Friday, Surinder Bahga, chairman of Saakaar Foundation, said that about 1000 architects and other professionals from the world are likely to attend this symposium. “Eight architecture schools and universities of north India are collaborating for this, besides some national-level organisations like the Sikh Chamber of Commerce, Indian Institute of Architects, ASSOCHAM GEM, among others,” the statement added.
“There is a lack of literature on Sikh architecture. Hardly any seminar is held on this topic ever. This symposium is aimed at bringing all experts from across the world and share their views, documentation, and knowledge on Sikh architecture,” Bahga said.
About a dozen experts from all over the globe are scheduled to deliver talks during the three-day symposium. The first session will include lectures by eminent academicians and architects — like Dr SS Bhatti, former principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Abraham Pathrose, conservation expert architect from Aurangabad, Dr Nadhra Shahbaz Khan, associate professor of Art History at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, and Prof Shruti Kapur from CT Institute of Architecture and Planning, Jalandhar.
The second session, titled Historical Perspectives, will be held on September 14. It will have presentations by Dr Subhash Parihar who is a pioneer in art historical research on the Indo-Muslim Architecture of North-Western India, Pervaiz Vandal, renowned architect, and academician from Pakistan and his wife Sajida Haider Vandal, who is the former vice chancellor of the Institute for Art and Culture at Lahore in Pakistan, who will be talking about the voluminous work of Bhai Ram Singh in India, England, and Pakistan. A former professor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Dr Balvinder Singh, will be speaking on “Conservation of Sikh Architectural Heritage”.
The concluding session will be on Contemporary Sikh Architecture on September 21. It will have a talk by Dr Jyoti Pandey Sharma who is a professor at the Department of Architecture, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, Haryana. World-famous architect, Moshe Safdie, will be speaking on his project Khalsa Heritage Complex, Anandpur Sahib. Dr Kirti Bhonsale and architect Kuldeep Kaur Bhatia will also deliver a lecture on “Sacred Architecture of Gurudwaras”. “Most celebrated project of Sikhs of India and Pakistan in recent times is the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. It will be explained by its architect, Charanjit Shah,” the statement said.
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