President Stuart Rabinowitz today announced the creation of an endowed chair in the Department of Religion for the study and teaching of Sikh musical traditions.
The Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, a gift from Hakam Singh, Ph.D., a retired chemist with a lifelong interest in Sikh music, will concentrate on how Sikh music and scripture are historically intertwined. Sikhism, founded in northern India, is one of the world’s largest religions.
“The Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology will add to Hofstra’s growing expertise on the rich traditions of Sikhism,” said President Rabinowitz. “Dr. Singh’s generosity also enhances Hofstra’s efforts to expand its Department of Religion into a nationally respected center for the secular study of our religious traditions.”