Varyam Singh - The Martyrs of Amritsar
The exhibition Bazaar Avatars continues with a talk from Jatinder Singh Durhailay, a prominent young Sikh painter and musician. His talk focuses on the painter Varyam Singh (1905 - 1987) who depicted visions of Sikh Gurus that he received in dreams and through other altered states of reality. Singh also documented the early Indian non-violent Independence movement and was known as a Bairagi or recluse. Although, he was occasionally seen in the congregation where he would dance to hymns and Ragas wearing traditional ankle bells. This talk will also focus on Indian religious concepts such as Darshan, a sight or glimpsing of the sacred.
To close the talk, Jatinder Singh Durhailay will give a Dhrupad performance, one of the oldest genres in Indian classical music and the mystical sound to which Varyam Singh would dance. Jatinder has trained at the Gurmat Sangeet Academy, under Ustad Harbhajan Singh, one of the last living teachers of this ancient art.
Teas from Darjeeling, Assam and Kerala will be served by Postcard Teas.
S. Murugakani - Lord Krishna playing the flute with which he enchanted the Gopis
Bazaar Avatars continues until Saturday 28 May,
on the last day there will be an Open House event from 4-6pm.
Refreshments will be served.
The Bazaar Avatars fully priced and illustrated catalogue is available here