The Merit of Myth

Jvala Singh explores mythological components of Sikh history and scripture.

Jvala Singh

Jvala Singh is a lecturer at UC Berkeley, author and a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where he is examining pre-colonial Sikh historical narratives. This examination explores literature in Punjabi and Brajbhasha from the 18th and 19th centuries, building off his previous M.A. research completed at the University of Toronto, where he focused on Sikh Brajbhasha versions of Sanskrit epics, such as the Ramayana. In furthering accessibility of pre-colonial Sikh Brajbhasha texts, Jvala Singh runs a podcast, the Suraj Podcast, where each episode is a chapter summary in English of the voluminous Suraj Prakash (1843 CE), a historical narrative covering the lives of the ten Sikh Gurus. written by Santokh Singh (1787-1844)
Jvala Singh returns to the UKPHA Bookclub to explore mythological components of Sikh history and scripture, covering different ways to interpret this pervasive narrative language. This talk will use examples from the Guru Granth Sahib as well as stories from the precolonial Sikh historical epic, the Suraj Prakash, as mentioned on the Suraj Podcast.
Listen to ‘The Suraj Podcast’ here >>
You May also be interested in:

William Dalrymple

Historian William Dalrymple joins the UKPHA Bookclub in conversation with actor and filmmaker Jassa Ahluwalia to discuss two hundred years of tumultuous colonial history, covert political machinations and bloody resistance.

Phillip Deslippe

The origins of Yogi Bhajan's yoga and the reorienting of his 3HO group towards Sikhism

Dr Nadhra Kahn

The Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1799-1839) died ten years before the British annexation of the Punjab in 1849. his funerary monument or samadhi is located next to the Lahore fort, where the Maharaja lived. The structure is the last state funded project of the Lahore Darbar and represents a high point of nineteenth-century Sikh architecture, second only to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Gurmeet Rai

Gurmeet is one of India’s most renowned conservation architect's, who has been internationally recognised, most notably by UNESCO, for her work. Gurmeet talks about her 20 year engagement with the city of Amritsar to conserve some of it's historic buildings.

See All Events