Professor Sahib Singh
Professor Sahib Singh (1892-1977), grammarian and theologian, was born on 16 February 1892 in a Hindu family of the village of Phattevali in Sialkot district of undivided Punjab. Singh was known for his erudition and assiduous pursuit of scholarship. Nearly fifty of his works were published between 1927 and 1977. These included exposition of several of the Sikh sacred texts and his monumental 10-volume commentary on Sikh Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Darpan, published during 1962-64. A most original and earlier work was his Gurbani Viakaran, a textual grammar of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Back in 1948, after Sardar Manmohan Singh, a devout Sikh, lost everything worldly in the partition of India and Pakistan, he began work on what would be a lasting legacy. He worked on this for 12 years, completing it in 1960. This is the eight-volume set with the original Gurmukhi, side-by-side with translations into English and Panjabi, with nearly every word individually cross-referenced across the three languages. The S.G.P.C. published and distributed this 8-volume set in a dark blue cover, starting with the first volume in 1962, and completing the eighth in 1969, the year in which Manmohan Singh passed away.
Giani Harbans Singh
Giani Harbans Singh is the author of books on Sikh theology and the grammar of the Guru Granth Sahib. After Sahib Singh, he is the second person to attempt a full-length translation and commentary of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha
Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha (1861-1938) was a Sikh lexicographer and encyclopedist. His most influential work, the Mahan Kosh, inspired generations of scholars after him. It was first published in 1930 after many years of painstaking research from 1912 to 1927. Its remarkable coverage and exemplary accuracy has a multitude of entries ranging from brief definitions of difficult words from the scriptures and tradition, through descriptive notes on various doctrines, individuals and institutions to accounts of the Gurus.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Ph.D.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh has been working on Gurbani related projects under the patronage of Prof. Sahib Singh Gurmat Trust, Patiala, since retirement from Punjabi University Patiala many years ago. He has made a major contribution by making a Kosh (Punjabi to Punjabi dictionary) as well as a Tuk Tatkara of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He has also been spearheading the digitization of many available old manuscripts of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He is currently updating the Kosh by including Punjabi to English meanings.
Sant Singh Khalsa, MD
His English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the most commonly used on the internet and computers as it is freely available and uses contemporary language that is well suited for the western audience. His translation, in fact, has become a standard for the Internet.
Scripture database and transliteration used in platform are provided by GurbaniDB. It is important that many individuals contributed to content of the platform: Jagjit Singh, Satnam Singh, Sukhvinder Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Kuljit Singh, Geeta Gurung and Amandeep Singh.
KhojGurbani is an online platform with a mission to make the Guru Granth Sahib accessible to and exciting for the common Sikh—who wants to read Gurbani but does not have the tools and a support network to do so. While KhojGurbani will engage Sikhs globally in discussion on specific sections of Guru Granth Sahib every week, it will also spearhead the development of a crowdsourced commentary and a new idiomatic English translation.
Each week the platform will present a section from the Guru Granth Sahib for worldwide study and discussion. A number of weekly online video-based discussion groups will be facilitated to discuss assigned shabads. We will involve Sikhs with deep expertise in exegesis of the Guru Granth Sahib in these video discussions, which will be broadcasted through our platform and our YouTube channel. In addition, audio and written responses to the shabad or the section would be solicited and crowdsourced. This exercise would allow eminent intellectuals and laypersons alike to engage with one another across different mediums and languages, all enabled by the online platform.
Bhupinder Singh Gabri
Bhupinder Singh Gabri’s early childhood was spent in Gujranwala, Punjab. He received his degree in Architecture from Sr. J. J. School of Arts in Bombay in 1965. As a creative thinker, and having a great aptitude for architecture, his profession opened many doors, and inspired him to travel abroad to many countries. He was instrumental in designing and building the first gurdawara in Bahrain. He also guided young professionals towards simran and taught meditation at his home which was open to all. Due to his hard work ethic and an impeccable ability to create complex designs which attributed to his success at becoming a very accomplished architect, he was able to bring many young Sikh workers through the firm from India to Bahrain and train them as draftsmen, builders and designers. He migrated to USA in 1986. He received a certificate of associate membership from The American Institute of Architects in 1990. He also started various Sikh workshops to help children nurture their impressionable minds. He also speaks at various gurbani vichar sessions via Skype. He currently hosts gurbani vichar sessions in various gurdawaras which are open to folks of all faith. He spends his free time in also designing Sikh gurdawaras. His latest accomplishment is the voluntary work his is currently doing on designing a grand new building for the gurdawara in Silver Spring Maryland USA.
Charan Singh is a RBI Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. Earlier, he was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC from August 2009 to November 2012. He has worked extensively for more than two decades in Reserve Bank of India where he joined as a Research Officer in 1984. His extensive career in the Reserve Bank, where he worked from 1984 to 2009, included many assignments in operational and research departments. Prior to joining the Reserve Bank, Singh worked, for a short period, as a Management Trainee in Punjab National Bank. Singh earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and was a visiting scholar (post-doctorate) for more than a year each at Department of Economics, Harvard University and the Stanford Center for International Development, Stanford University. His current policy interests include international economics, monetary policy, fiscal policy and debt management.
Harpreet Singh is a member of the faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in South Asian Religions from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard in 2012. Harpreet previously held various senior management positions in the New York area. He left his career on Wall Street to help found the Sikh Coalition in the wake of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Harpreet serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Scholarship Foundation and on the advisory board of Institute for Asian American Studies. Harpreet received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and received training in Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Brajbhasha, Urdu, French and German. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2003, along with Desmond Tutu, Harpreet was honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Tribute by the Interfaith Center of New York for his work to help heal local communities on the grassroots level.
Inspired by 1Force – Perfection that radiates Oneness – Harinder is focused on education as a fulcrum for social change. He is an interdisciplinary researcher and global orator, passionately learning, analyzing and sharing intricacies of Sikh and Panjabi heritage. He delivers lectures at universities and interfaith conferences, interviews on TV & radio, and authors articles. He contextualizes contemporary realities of genocide, theology and linguistics to develop heritage and language curriculums, and has consulted on exhibitions and films. He worked as an Aerospace engineer before transitioning to ‘human dynamics’ from ‘aerodynamics,’ embarking on community development projects full-time in 1997, including grassroots work in Panjab for five years. He is a member of the Board of Directors for SikhRI Canada and co-founder of the Panjab Digital Library. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
Harpal Singh Chawla
Inder Jit (I.J.) Singh
I. J. Singh came to the United States in 1960 on a Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and is professor emeritus of anatomical sciences at New York University. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Sikhs and on the Editorial Boards of the Sikh Review (Calcutta) and Nishaan (New Delhi). Dr. Singh has authored five collections of essays on his journey as a Sikh in North America, is a regular columnist on the Internet and has lectured extensively on interfaith issues.
Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional working for a multinational technology firm as Director of Solutions. His passion is Sikhi and Sikh community related community projects and he is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences, where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat-related topics. Inderpreet has frequently spoken at Interfaith conferences and events. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute, Board of Advisor of Sikh Coalition, and a member of the Energy Conservation Commission for the Town of Chelmsford, MA.
Inni Kaur is the author of a children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus. She is also a published poet and an accomplished abstract painter. She is active in Sikh community affairs, raising awareness on many key faith and women’s issues. She has been a speaker at seminars at Yale and Fairfield Universities and has made presentations to the Connecticut State Board of Education, as well as to local police departments and area schools. Inni Kaur is on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh heritage and culture and is an active board member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut. She also serves on the boards of the MBSK Foundation, the Namaskaar Foundation and the Sikh Research Institute, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Sikh Family Center and the daily online magazine Sikhchic.com. Born and raised in Kuwait, Inni Kaur lived in New Zealand, Australia and Greece before moving to the United States in 1982. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Jaswant Singh is a scholar of Sikh studies. He works at the Sikh Centre, Singapore conducting various courses on Gurbāṇī, Sikh religion and history. He has also facilitated overseas seminars and camps. He has written two books and has published many articles. He has an experience of over 20 years, teaching Gurbāṇī and Sikh studies. He has received a Doctorate in linguistics and grammar of Gurū Nānak Bāṇī. He commutes between Singapore and Faridabad, India, where he lives with his family. He has coauthored, “Guru Granth Sahib - Its Language and Grammar”, with Harinder Singh and SP Singh being published by SikhRi soon.
Kulwant Singh has been actively working in Sikh studies after his retirement from Punjab State Education service as Associate Professor in English. He holds an M.A., M. Phil degree in English. He has translated some of the primary sources of Sikh history – Rattan Singh Bhangoo’s "Sri Gur Panth Parkash” in English in two volumes (ISBN no 81-85815-28-3). His English translation of Sainapati’s “Sri Gursobha” is under print by the Institute of Sikh Studies. He has also translated several books of Raghbir Singh Bir and Dr Man Singh Nirankari into English. He is also an Associate Editor of Abstracts of Sikh Studies, a quarterly journal of IOSS. He is senior Editor with the Punjab Digital Library (PDL) (panjabdigilib.org) and his articles on different aspects of Sikh heritage appear on the monthly newsletter of PDL. He is well-versed in Gurbani text, classical texts on Sikhism written in Braj Bhasha and has a good command over English as well.
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is Professor of Religious Studies at Colby College. She holds the Crawford Family endowed Chair. She has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, including books entitled Of Sacred and Secular Desire, An Anthology of Lyrical Writings from the Punjab (2012); Sikhism: An Introduction (2011); Cosmic Symphony (Sahitya Akademy, 2008); The Birth of the Khalsa (2005); The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (1993); Sikhism (1993); The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (1995; 2001); and Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib (1981). Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh was born in India, and came to the USA to attend Stuart Hall, a Girls' Preparatory School in Virginia. She received her BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. Over the years she has received many awards including Phi Beta Kappa, Durant Scholar, Best Paper, Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Outstanding Young Women of America Award, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, and Fellowship from Punjabi University. She has received honors from the Sikh community for her distinguished scholarship including the Outstanding Accomplishments Award (presented by Sikh Association of Fresno, California), Sewa Award by the Sikh-Canadian Centennial Foundation for Scholarship on Sikhism (Toronto), and Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Lecture and Award (Chandigarh, India). She serves as a trustee for the American Institute for Indian Studies, co chair of the advisory committee of the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize, and as a member on the editorial board of the History of Religions.
Rahuldeep Singh Gill
Interfaith activist and Sikh scholar Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University where he has launched an Asian Studies Minor, served as Associate Director for CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, and will serve as the Center's Director beginning in 2014. In addition to offerings in Christianity, global religions, and Indian thought, he teaches a yearly course on Sikh tradition and has twice won Diversity Professor of the Year since he joined the faculty in 2009. He encourages discussions in his classes, broadens students’ perspectives, deepens their appreciation of diversity, and inspires them to be more understanding and compassionate. His translations of Bhai Gurdas's seminal vars will soon be published, along with an introduction to the Sikh savant's life and contribution. Gill has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from the University of Rochester and a masters and doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently studying the Sikh congregations of California. Follow him on Twitter (@RahuldeepGill).
Ravinder Singh spent his formative years in Singapore and Delhi. He arrived in the US in 1976 and graduated from the Simon School of Management at the University of Rochester. He has worked with multinationals in Singapore, London and New York and currently works for a Financial Services company. Ravinder’s professional expertise includes leading technical and business consulting engagements: organizational change, transformation programs and building high performing cross functional and global teams. His consuming passion is Sikhs and Sikhi – in all flavors and dimensions. He is actively involved with the local Sangat in Columbus where he initiated a Gurbani Vicar group that has met weekly for over three years. He is also the founder/convener of the Talking Stick, a weekly online colloquium devoted to a dialogue around Gurbani that appears on the online magazine, Sikhchic.com. Since 1997, he has lived in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife, Harjit, and his daughter, Simran.
Rawel Singh is a Sikh writer based in India and runs popular blog sadhsangat.com. His interests include the exegesis of the Guru Granth Sahib, along with the comparative study of the Old Testament, New Testament, the Qur’an, and Hindu texts. His blog is intended to engage in a dialogue with wider audience mostly on theological issues.
Sarbpreet Singh is based in Boston. He runs a nonprofit, The Gurmat Sangeet Project, focused on the preservation and propagation of traditional Sikh music. He enjoys working with young people, helping them to connect their contemporary lives with Sikh history. He also enjoys participating in interfaith events and bringing the Sikh perspective to these gatherings. He writes a weekly column for SikhChic, a popular Web Magazine and blogs about Gurbani and Gurmat Sangeet. A writer and playwright, he is currently working on a two works of non-fiction that examine Sikh History in different time periods and geographical contexts.
Simran Jeet Singh
Simran Jeet Singh is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He has earned an M.A. from Columbia University (2009), an M.T.S. from Harvard University (2008), and a B.A. from Trinity University (2006). He is currently a Truman National Security Fellow and the Scott and Rachel F. McDermott Fellow for the American Institute of Indian Studies. Simran has a wide range of academic interests related to religion, literature, and culture. His dissertation research focuses specifically on the founder of the Sikh tradition – Guru Nanak (d. 1539 CE) – and the earliest available manuscript accounts of his life. Simran’s language and academic training have also prepared him to teach religion more broadly; he has served as a Teaching Assistant for courses on Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, and in 2013 Simran received the prestigious Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Simran serves as Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and Education Director for the Surat Initiative.