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CANCELED: Sikh Art Festival at the Fowler—May 11

May 11, 2024 | 4:00PM - 8:00PM


In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are offering two weekends of festivities that celebrate Sikh art and culture in conjunction with our exhibition I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art. 

Join us for a night of spoken word, art, performance, and expression inspired by Piram Pyala or “The Cup of Love.” Established by the non-profit Jakara Movement as an annual gathering that explores the feminine voice, Piram Pyala creates space to share stories, discuss issues, and open hearts.

The evening will begin with a talk by Nikky G.K. Singh, professor at Colby College, titled “Two Iconic Amritas: The Poet and The Painter.” Panjabi Poetica multi-generational and multi-religious group that includes students, artists, culture bearers, and community memberswill convene in the Contemporary Sikh Art galleries for a poetry recitation. The celebration will conclude under the stars with a Sikh kirtan (devotional singing) performed by the renowned female voices of Gaavani musical group, which immerses audiences in an interactive and spiritually enriching journey.

Friends and family are welcome to this free, all-ages event! Festival will continue on May 18: click here for details.

4–5 pm “Two Iconic Amritas: The Poet and the Painter,” a talk by Nikky G.K. Singh (Colby College)
5:30–6:30 pm Piram Pyala with UCLA Jakara
6:30–7 pm Panjabi Poetica in the galleries: A recitation by Ish Amitoj Kaur, Harminder, Kaur,             and Jessi Kaur
7:15–8:15 pm Kirtan on the terrace: Sikh devotional music by Gaavani

Light refreshments will be served

This program is co-sponsored by Art & Tolerance, Gaavani, and UCLA Jakara Movement Chapter (JMC), and supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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