Sikhs on campus is an introduction to and celebration of the Sikh faith. The event was held for the second time at the Filton Campus on Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 12:25 – 13:10, in the campus’ Studio Theatre.
Sikhs on campus was presented in three parts: ‘Kirtan’, ‘Gatka’ and ‘Langar’.
The presentation, led jointly by Javinder Singh (College Sikh Chaplain) and Harjinder Singh (‘The Man in Blue’), was attended by about 60 students, staff and guests.
The chaplaincy team is particularly grateful to Harjinder, an internationally recognised Sikh scholar and one-time Sikh Chaplain at Heathrow Airport, for travelling from his home in Belgium to be with us for this event.
- Kirtan – devotional music. Listen to the Japji Sahib video and to the Sikhs on Campus 2009 video to gain an appreciation
Japji Sahib video :
Sikhs on Campus 2009 video :
- Gatka – swordplay, martial arts and meditation. View the BBC video from the Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara for an insight into its practice and meaning.
Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara video :
- Langar – the food provided without charge at every gurdwara to all who seek sustenance, irrespective of religious faith or background. In our case this took the form of a deliciously spicy vegetarian rice dish!
Visitors to the event were able to try on a turban, inspect a display of Sikh religious artefacts, obtain explanatory literature and to familiarise themselves with the 5Ks.
Further information is available from the College Chaplaincy.
Sikh Women Video :
Chief-Chaplain Paul Smith
Anything to do with Sikhs almost always includes sharing food