[VIRTUAL] Dalvir Pannu | The Sikh Heritage – Beyond Borders: An Illustrated history of the Sikh shrines in Pakistan

Reading – Nonfiction | September 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  On Zoom

 Dalvir Singh Pannu, Author

 Jvala Singh, Punjabi Language Instructor, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia StudiesDepartment of History of ArtThe South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Institute for South Asia Studies is delighted to host a book reading and conversation around Dalvir Pannu’s new publication, The Sikh Heritage: Beyond Borders, an illustrated history of the Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

DATE: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
TIME: 5:30pm Berkeley | Calculate Your Local Time


This event will also be live streamed on the Institute’s FB page: ISASatUCBerkeley

About the Book and Author

Dr. Dalvir Singh Pannu was inspired to research and write Sikh Heritage: Beyond the Borders by his long-standing passion for unearthing the narratives of Sikh historical and religious places displaced during the India–Pakistan partition of 1947. Today, these monuments stand out as the symbols of peaceful and harmonious past lives of people sharing a heritage whose affinities go beyond physical borders and territories.

Sikh Heritage dedicates one chapter each to the 84 sites that it documents, transporting readers to the past by narrating the detailed history of each marvel which the author and his team photographed throughout Pakistan.

This book is the culmination of decade-long field work of finding and exploring the heritage sites, alongside analyzing multiple Janamsakhis (hagiography accounts). The author’s process of doing extensive analysis and cross-referencing with other sources enables readers to comprehend Sikh history, by posing inquiries, applying critical thinking, and investigating hundreds of sources. He includes a multitude of primary sources and Gurmukhi inscriptions, translated into English, to increase heritage-lovers’ understanding of these sites and to help preserve their beauty and histories through his writing.

Along with practicing full-time dentistry, the author has a fervor for the Sikh heritage in Pakistan. Believing that each one has a story to tell, he is gratified to have unearthed their stories for this book.

In March 2021, a Resolution was passed in California Legislative Assembly for this book commending Dr Pannu for his “dedication and contribution to South Asian cultural and historical awareness and to the promotion of unity for the people of South Asia.”

Read more about the book and the author at the book’s WEBSITE.

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