Distorting of Gurbani

VedantiSingers not trained in reciting the Gurbani are distorting its form and content, Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti said today.

Vedanti, while speaking to a gathering at the inauguration of Bhai Randhir Singh Online Gurmat Sangeet Library at Punjabi University, said he was not against Gurbani recitation but when it is recited, it should not lose its classical dimension.

"Not even trained raagis and granthis are adept at reciting the Gurbani in the manner specified in the Guru Granth Sahib," he added.

On the fast growing number of gurdwaras in Punjab, Vedanti said there are a sufficient number of Sikh religious shrines, the need of the hour was to train people to look after them.arning of an acute shortage of 'raagis' and 'granthis' in the years to come, Vedanti said that faithfulls should realise the problem and donate funds for training people to look after gurdwaras, not building them.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said Gurmat Sangeet was the best medium to understanding the divine message, contained in the Guru Granth Sahib. Founder Professor and Head of the Gurmat Sangeet Department and Gurmat Sangeet Chair Dr Gurnam Singh informed that patron of Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Surrey Canada, Master Ujjagar Singh, had donated Rs 20 lakh for setting up a library

The library, he said, would help preserve and propagate 'gurmat' material available in the form of related scriptures, books, thesis and other research material, which will be properly digitised for its global distribution.

Jathedar Tarlochan Singh of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, Dr Inderjit Kaur, wife of Harbhajan Singh Yogi, and noted Sikh scholars Dr Jodh Singh, Dr Kehar Singh and Dr Balkar Singh were also present. Dr Gurcharan Singh, Dean, Faculty of Arts, presented the vote of thanks.

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