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SPECIAL NEWS: September 1, 2017

We welcome Hofstra University's decision to tenure and promote Dr. Francesca Cassio, Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, to full professorship. Our heartiest congratulation to Professor Cassio for this significant achievement and we wish her a career of great productivity and distinction.


I. Teaching Positions

The Global Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara
invites applications for KAPANY CHAIR IN GLOBAL AND SIKH STUDIES AT UCSB (applications due by November 1, 2017) Click here for details

Central University Punjab, Bathinda
invites applications for Guru Gobind Singh Professorship and Satguru Ram Singh Professorship in Sikh Studies (applications due September 22) Click here for details

Gurmani Centre for Language and Literatures, Lahore University of Management Studies
invites applications for a full-time position in Punjabi language and literature (applications due by May 31, 2017) Click here for details


II. Events

Bi-Annual Sikh Studies Conference
UC Riverside
May 12-13, 2017


III. News

July 20, 2017: The release of "The Black Prince," a movie about the lifelong struggle of Duleep Singh, the youngest son of Ranjit Singh (d. 1839), to regain his lost kingdom. Rachel Saltz, Review: A Poor, Little Rich Maharajah in Black Prince

January 12, 2017: Over 350 state and federal officials attended Gurbir Singh Grewal's oath taking ceremony for the prosecutor of Bergen County, NJ. It started with a Sikh invocation, and Amrit, his wife, held the gutka, when Gurbir took the oath. We wish the couple a great success in its new role. Click here to read the complete story

November 17, 2016: We wish Amarjīt Chandan a happy 70th Birthday. Here are three versions of one of his superb songs.

November 3, 2016: Francesca Cassio, S.H.K.Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University, presented Gurbāṇī kīrtan, accompanied by Parminder Singh Bhamra on the joṛī-pakhāvaj, and Nirvair Kaur Khalsa on the tāūs.

October 19, 2016: Our congratulations to Wāris Ahlūwālīā for the honor bestowed upon him at Gracie Mansion, New York City

August 8, 2016: Our congratulations to Dr. Harkeerat and Deepta Dhillon of Riverside, CA, for endowing “award to fund Ph.D. research in Sikh and Punjābī culture and history at U.C. Riverside.


IV. Obituaries

Professor Ainslie T. Embree (1921-2017), scholar, mentor and great human being  

Kailash Puri (1925-2017), a London based Punjabi writer, died on June 17  

Sukhwant Kaur Mann (1933-June 14, 2016), and Gurdial Singh (1933-August 16, 2016). For assessment of their work, please see

D. Kaur, Sukhwant Kaur Mann: Preserving Cultural Memory, Journal of Punjāb Studies (13:1-2), 247-253.  

Rana Nayar, Gurdial Singh: A Storyteller Extraordinaire, Journal of Punjāb Studies (13:1-2), 229-246.  


August 22, 2017

We welcome Surjit Patar's appointment as the chairperson of Punjab Arts Council and pray for his success in this significant role of leadership. As a token of respect for his seminal contribution to Punjabi poetry, here is a fresh rendering of his classic poem: udo varis shah nun vandal si, hunh shiv kumar di vari e , please click here

August 15, 2017

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Punjab’s blood-soaked partition, the GISS offers its viewers a fresh rendering of the poetic cry of Amrita Pritam about the unfortunate state of affairs in mid-1947. We are grateful to Harinder Hundal, a Punjabi singer from Riarhki (please look up the term) for this special gift to GISS archives. Please click here