Scholar Will Give Talk on Sikh Sacred Music

May 2017 - Inderjit Kaur, a research associate in the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis, will give a talk on Sikh sacred music May 16 at 6 p.m. The talk at the Buehler Alumni Center at UC Davis is free and open to the public.

Kaur will discuss sacred sounds which are an integral part of Sikh worship and everyday life. Wherever Sikhs have migrated, within India and across oceans, they have taken the sacred music with them where it is performed by amateurs and professionals, at homes and places of worship, according to Kaur.

Kaur is an ethnomusicologist and community-engaged scholar specializing in the performative and listening aspects of Sikh music. She holds a doctorate in music and in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley. She is working on a book about the diverse musical styles of the Sikh diaspora.

Northern California has a large Sikh population centered around Yuba City. Research on that community can be found in the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive launched at UC Davis last year.