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News Release: November 14, 2019

PAMA celebrates the 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak

Brampton, ON (Nov. 14, 2019) Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is pleased to partner with the Friends of Sikh Studies to present a very special exhibition, The Sakhis of Guru Nanak: The Life & Legacy of the Founder of the Sikh Faith.  This exhibition is guest curated by B.S. Marwah. In celebration, PAMA general admission will be free for the span of the exhibition, running from November 17, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Artist Unknown, Guru Nanak, Bala and Mardana, c. 18th century, Gouache on paper with gold leaf, 43 x 35 cm, Private Collection

About the Exhibition

The Sakhis of Guru Nanak: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Sikh Faith
showcases, through calligraphy, paintings, drawings, photographs, fabrics, manuscripts and soundscapes, the life and teachings of Guru Nanak (1469 – 1539), the founder of the Sikh faith. The exhibition acknowledges and celebrates the legacy of Guru Nanak 550 years since his birth. The Sakhis of Guru Nanak seeks to provide greater insight into the Sikh faith through original objects and artworks created after the 18th century. They speak to the Guru’s central messages of a universal supreme Being, and the equality of humankind.

The “sakhis” – stories of the Guru, often with images that illustrate the stories – provide poignant and intimate narratives of Guru Nanak’s life as a spiritual pilgrim throughout the Indian sub-continent, and beyond. Many artworks, drawn and painted within the Sikh “miniature” tradition, vividly illustrate narrative accounts as described in “Janamsakhis” – early manuscript accounts of the life of Guru Nanak.

Several original Janamsakhis have been gathered for this exhibition to showcase the development of Sikh calligraphy and the emergence of the illuminated manuscript within the Janamsakhi tradition. Textiles such as rumalas which grace the Sikh sacred text are an added dimension to the exhibition; as are original photographs of historic monuments and gurdwaras that stand as vivid reminders of the extensive journeys and legacy of the Guru.

Programming Highlights

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street, East in Brampton. Visit to learn more.

Media Contacts

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Coordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

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