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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Amritsar, September 03, 2013
A two-day seminar on "Finalisation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and its Musicology" on Tuesday concluded at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here. The university's Centre for Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib was the event's organiser. Former university professor Jasbir Singh Sabar led the proceedings at two academic sessions; and Balwant Singh Dhillon, director of the host centre, presented the vote of thanks.

In the first lecture, speaker Gurmel Singh talked about indentifying manuscripts and their era. In the second lecture, principal Amarjit Singh discussed Vanjara Pothi and presented evidence that it was complied after Guru Granth Sahib. Kulwinder Singh Bajwa, Rai Jasbir Singh, Balwant Singh, Surjit Kaur Chahal, Tajinderpal Singh, Mohabbat Singh, Bhai Aridaman Singh and Rajwinder Singh presented their research papers.

In the inaugural session, vice-chancellor Ajaib Singh Brar assured the scholars that the university would develop the centre into an excellent place of research on Guru Granth Sahib. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar presided over the seminar, Gurnek Singh delivered the keynote address, and Bhai Ashok Singh Bangrian was the inaugural speaker.

Host centre director Balwant Singh Dhillon said the seminar was dedicated to the first installation of the Sikh holy scripture at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, in 1604, and its final canonising by Guru Gobind Singh at Takht Damdama Sahib, Tawandi Sabo, in 1706. The centre also ogranised an exhibition of the musical instruments of Sikh Gurus, which also showcased the revival of Gurbani Sangeet instruments by Bhai Baldeep Singh of 13th generation of Kirtanias.

Renowned scholar Bhai Ashok Singh Bangrian underlined the prominent features of Guru Granth Sahib and its ideology. Gurnek Singh, former vice-chancellor of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Vishav University, Fatehgarh Sahib, talked about the editorial scheme of the Sikh scripture. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar announced a grant of Rs. 5 lakh to the centre for promoting Gurbani.

In the afternoon session, Bhai Baldeep Singh, visiting professor of musicology in the Centre, presented 31 ragas as were sung in the times of the Sikh Gurus.