PATNA SAHIB, Bihar, India—The Punjab Digital Library was selected to develop an exhibition for the 350-year celebration of Guru Gobind Singh by the government of Bihar. The exhibition entitled ‘Emperor-Prophet’: Guru Gobind Singh Sahib will be unveiled on December 30 at Bihar Museum, Patna for a month.
“The Government of Bihar is thrilled to host the exhibition on Guru Gobind Singh. About 500,000 people are expected to take part in celebrations from all over the world. We hope to exhibit this in other cities throughout the year,” commented Chaitanya Prasad (IAS), Director, Bihar Museum.
The exhibition panels consist of portraits, maps, photographs, manuscripts, and paintings. Its description texts are in English, Punjabi and Hindi.
“For the last two months, we have carefully worked on curating a theme that will enable the masses in Patna and other cities via official celebrations to get a glimpse into the legacy of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. It has been a remarkable collaboration between institutions and artists,” remarked Davinder Pal Singh, PDL’s Executive Director.
PDL collaborated with individuals and organizations from Punjab and Bihar such as NPS Randhawa (PCS) and Takht Patna Sahib as well as Art of Punjab and Sikh Research Institute from Canada and the United States of America.
“Our focus was to present the ‘Tenth Sovereign’ in accordance with Guru Granth Sahib’s vision, highlight the historical narratives based on contemporary and near contemporary sources, and make the saga relevant to today’s generations via twentieth century authors and poets,” added Harinder Singh, educator and thinker.
A catalogue of the exhibition will be available as a memorabilia for sale. Additionally, a commemorative book on Guru Gobind Singh Sahib and Sikhs in Bihar is also published to mark the occasion in conjunction with Department of Art, Culture, and Youth, Government of Bihar.
Inni Kaur, poet and story-teller, added: “As curators our foremost concern was to tell the story of the Beloved in such a way that, audiences connect with the Guru regardless of their nationality or background.”