Guru Nanak Sahib:

in Oneness

550 Years of Raj

Challenge perceptions. Advance your knowledge. Celebrate Nanakshahi550 by learning the significance of Guru Nanak Sahib’s Raj.
Presented By SikhRI

The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is a charitable organization with a mission to connect people with the teachings of Sikhi. Since 2003, SikhRI has been making Sikh education accessible to anyone and presenting Gurbani (Wisdom) just the way it is through a variety of mediums, including websites, podcasts, books, courses, events, and social media. 

Through "Revolutionary in Oneness" SikhRI serves to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world, illuminating every path.



Rena Kaur Heer

Rena Kaur Heer is a seasoned storyteller and a former broadcast journalist. She spent over a decade with CTV News -- reporting, producing and anchoring live broadcasts seen on CTV News Channel, CTV Toronto, CP24 and CTV Vancouver. Rena has interviewed Prime Minister Stephen Harper, then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Premiers and Mayors in Ontario.

The Persian Poetics of Guru Nanak Sahib
Asha Marie Kaur

Asha Marie Kaur is a traveler, wordsmith, and polyglot. She is currently a Research Assistant with Sikh Research Institute and holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was born and raised. She is working on re-introducing Sabad (Divine Word) in Guru Granth Sahib to the Persian world.

Nanak Started Raj
Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh is the co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute and currently serves as its Senior Fellow, Research & Policy. His current focus is on developing critical thinking for Sikh institutions via State of the Panth report series and developing open-source decoding of Guru Granth Sahib in contemporary language for a global audience.

Guru Nanak Sahib: My Patshah
Inni Kaur

Inni Kaur is a passionate author, poet, storyteller, and painter. She is the author of the children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib. Her other children’s books are Sakhi-Time with Nani ji, Thank You Vahiguru, and Daddy’s Turban. She currently serves as the Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute.

The Spiritual is Political; Themes from Guru Nanak Sahib's Asa Ki Var
Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur is a lover of poetry and the power of words, of everything outside (especially birds), of music, and the study of religion. She is interested in the ways that diversity in religious practice constructs small overlapping worlds within religious communities and shows us that lived religion is much messier and more complex than what we might otherwise expect.

Gems, Jewels & Pearls in the Mind
Dr. Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh is a scholar of Sikh Studies. His immense love for Sabad (Divine Word) propels him to read, reflect, research, and share the Infinite-Wisdom in Guru Granth Sahib with the wider community. He currently serves as the Director of Gurbani Research at the Sikh Research Institute. A passionate speaker, Dr. Singh has over 20 years of experience teaching Sikhi.

VahGuru Poem Recitation
Dr. Manjit Singh

Dr. Manjit Singh is a researcher, educator, practitioner, and lover of Kirtan (singing of divine praise in Guru Granth Sahib). He is Director of Sikh Musicology at Sikh Research Institute and the founder of Sabad Kirtan-Musical Heritage program. He is keen to bring forth the original flavor of the fine musical details within Guru Granth Sahib.

Artful Eye: Using Art to Interpret Sabad
Kiranjot Kaur

Kiranjot Kaur is a Vancouver based artist who enjoys painting vibrant, exploratory pieces and drawing high-contrast and bold ink designs. Kiranjot is a self-taught artist who explores a multitude of techniques in order to serve inspiration and provide truthful, artful renderings to her ideas. Kiranjot’s work has been featured in several local art shows.

Image courtesy of Kiranjot Kaur

Schedule - Oct. 19

"Revolutionary in Oneness" is a full-day conference. A few insightful speaker sessions will open the day, followed by lunch, tea, and some eye-opening conversations stretching into the afternoon.

Welcome: Inderjit Singh, Executive Director, SikhRI
Opening: Rena Kaur Heer, MC
Welcome: Stephen Dooley, Executive Director, SFU
Nanak started Raj  — Harinder Singh
The spiritual is political; Themes from Guru Nanak Sahib's Asa ki Var — Jasleen Kaur
VahGuru poem recitation — Dr. Manjit Singh
Persian Poetics of Guru Nanak Sahib — Asha Marie Kaur
Lunch Break
Gems, Jewels & Pearls in the Mind — Dr. Jaswant Singh
Guru Nanak Sahib: My Patshah — Inni Kaur
Artful Eye: Using Art to Interpret Sabad — Kiranjot Kaur
Artistic Interpretations — Rena Kaur Heer
Panel Discussion & Q&A
Closing Remarks: Harinder Singh, Co-Founder, SikhRI
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550 Years of Prakash Purab Artistic Impressions

To celebrate the legacy of Guru Nanak Sahib on the 550th Prakash Purab, SikhRI reached out to artists across the globe to create non-portrait-based art flowing from the Sabads or Sakhis of Guru Nanak Sahib. The goal of this project was to create art that not just illustrates, but illuminates. This video showcases the art created for the Nanakshahi550 Celebration.


The conference is made possible with the support of our partners:
Additionally, SikhRI would like to thank our numerous advisors, donors and volunteers for their contributions.



Is the conference free?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to attend, you just have to register first. We're able to do this work thanks to our generous donors and supporters.
Who are the speakers?
Subject matter experts, researchers and content developers from SikhRI will be featured at the conference. Please check back for updates on speakers and topics.
Can I bring my friends / colleagues?
We encourage it. Bring whoever you know that will benefit from a new perspective on Guru Nanak Sahib. Simply follow our registration link and reserve the appropriate number of seats.
Will the conference be streamed online?
We are planning to stream the conference live. Follow SikhRI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to tune in. Some parts of the day will also be filmed and published in the future.

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