Sacred Sounds Conference

Sacred Sounds Conference



International Conference
Sacred Sounds: Sikh music traditions and the First World War
Wednesday 11 October
10am – 5pm
Free / booking essential

Sacred Sounds tells some of the largely forgotten stories of British India’s role in the First World War. Over one million Indian combatants and non-combatants participated in this calamitous event. Of these just under 100,000 were Sikhs – an astonishingly high number – considering they represented a tiny percentage of India’s population. Inspired by an evocative photograph of Sikh soldiers performing Gurbani Kirtan or Shabads (Sikh sacred hymns) in a French barn, this live concert showcases the music that these soldiers took with them to camp and battlefield.

This international conference will explore the fascinating stories behind the making and showcasing of Sacred Sounds involving artists, historians, academics, arts administrators and above all communities of people, particularly the Sikh community.
Speakers include Dr Santanu Das and Dr David Omissi.

Booking essential