US University to Get Sikh Chair

April 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The South Asian Link

The Hofstra University in Washington may soon be the top centre for study of Sikhism, Sikh religious music and interfaith studies.

Sponsored by an NRI Sikh Bindra family of Long Islands, Hofstra University had earlier this year decided to confer the first Guru Nanak Inter-Faith award to Tibetan leader Dalai Lama.

It also runs Bindra chair in Sikh studies.

Now, another eminent Sikh NRI and retired technocrat Hakam Singh has announced that he will set up an endowed chair in the study of Sikh religious music at Hofstra. This will be the first chair of its type in the world where classical ragas, associated with singing of Gurbani, especially “Asa Di Vaar”, will be a major subject of research and study.