Bridgewater Sangat Explores Sikh Art

November 20, 2006

Author: Neha Singh Gohil

Source: Sikh News Network

Amidst a flurry of paint around a table covered with brushes, palettes and watercolor, Jagdeep Singh, 4, sat quietly, intensely staring at the piece of paper in front of him. As others yelled over him, asking for more paint or different colors, he critiqued what he had wrought. In a few confident sweeps of the brush, Jagdeep had finished his masterpiece -- his very own miniature painting, complete with a tree, a rock and the prominent dome of a gurudwara rising up in front.

Jagdeep was one of 15 children from the Bridgewater, New Jersey Gurudwara who visited the Sikh art exhibit, “I See no Stranger,” at the Rubin Museum in New York City on Saturday, November 17, 2006.

Organizers at the Bridgewater Gurudwara spent a good deal of time arranging the trip, which included a workshop for children under 11 and guided tours with Inni Kaur, community coordinator for the exhibit from the Sikh Foundation. They arranged bus transportation to the museum, and even provided certificates for children who completed the workshop. Their efforts were rewarded when 40 members of the Bridgewater sangat joined them for a memorable afternoon.

The exhibit, jointly sponsored by the Sikh Foundation and the Sikh Art & Film Foundation, features miniature paintings and antiques depicting Sikh gurus and history. It also includes a selection of traditional phulkaris and an electronic illustration of the pages of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It’s all housed on the top floor of the Rubin Museum, which specializes in Himalayan art. Presenting Sikh art for the first time in New York City, the exhibit has already gotten a lot of attention from the local community.