"Prof. Puran Singh was a genius of his times. His writings touch new heights of spiritual experiences in a powerful but simple language. The historians’ accounts of the Sikh Gurus narrate the political, social and other events exhaustively but they lack the spiritual horizon of the Great Masters. It was Puran Singh, who touched this aspect in depth. Himself a mystic par-excellence, he narrates the stories in his own way. The flow of the narration is unparalleled. When the world is by and large dissatisfied on account of inner spiritual hunger, we find that the mystic writings of Puran Singh serve as a soothing healer to the strife-torn humanity."
Please join us in celebrating the life and contributions of Prof. Puran Singh. The event is open to anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the eminence of Puran Singh as a poet, thinker, and scientist. Parents are also encouraged to invite their children (13+), currently in a stage of connecting with and building the foundational knowledge of their Sikh heritage.
Sponsored by Manpreet Kaur & Arinder Singh Chadha
About the Speakers:
Inni Kaur - Poet, Author, Storyteller
Topic: Rebel & Radical: My Pitaji’s Protégé
Inni Kaur serves as the CEO of Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI), with a mission to connect people with the influential and inspiring teachings of Sikhi. Inni Kaur is also an esteemed and passionate author, poet and painter. She broadened her creative artistry into publishing a children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that was inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib. As an accomplished representative of the Sikh community, she is a dedicated advocate for raising awareness on key interfaith and women’s issues. Inni Kaur’s list of career achievements includes addressing the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin several times, speaking at Yale and Fairfield Universities, as well as presenting to the Connecticut Board of Education and local police departments to further dialogue regarding the Sikh identity. Alongside her work with Sikh Research Institute, Inni Kaur has dedicated 20 years serving as the Vice President of Spectrum Communications, an advertising and corporate design firm based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Today, she resides with her husband in Fairfield, Connecticut, and continues to bring multi-faceted perspectives to her work.
Prof. Hardev Singh Virk - Scientist, Educator, Author
Topic: Puran Singh: An Amalgam of Science & Spirituality
Prof. Virk received his Masters in Physics from AMU, Aligarh (1963) and Doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Marie Curie University, Paris (France) in 1972. His research interests are manifold: Nuclear & Radiation Physics; Geochronology; Earthquakes & Environment; Ion Tracks & Nanotechnology; History & Philosophy of Science. He has 45 years of Teaching & Research Experience and served at Punjabi University, Patiala (1965-79) and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (1979-2002). Professor Virk has published 390 research papers in diverse fields of his interest; 39 books (Science, Technology, Sikh Religion & Literature), including "Professor Puran Singh: Scientist, Poet & Philosopher", and 150 articles on Science Education & Science Policy in India. He has traveled through 50 countries for his academic pursuits. Professor H.S. Virk retired from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in June 2002 after serving as Director Research and Dean Academic Affairs. Presently, he is the Professor of Eminence, Punjabi University, Patiala.
Harinder Singh - Educator, Thinker, Activist
Topic: Prof. Puran Singh: A Global Sikh from the Panjab
Harinder Singh is an educator, thinker, and activist who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Singh co-founded the Panjab Digital Library and the Sikh Research Institute. He has served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, The Nanakshahi Trust, among others. He is an author and sought after public speaker, raising consciousness of audience around the world. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib. Some of his publications include: “Guru Granth Sahib: Its Language & Grammar,” “Guru Gobind Singh Sahib & Sikhs in Bihar,” “Love-Harp,” “Sikh Leadership: Established Ideals & Diasporic Realities,” “June 1984 Ghallughara: Lies, List, Light” and series of five articles on Trump’s effect on minorities in America and abroad.
Performance: "ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀ ਅਹੀਰਨ ਇਕ ਗੋਹੇ ਥੱਪਦੀ"
Harleen Kaur has a Bachelors in Hindustani Classical Music. Besides her passion for music, she is a self-taught chef, food blogger, and fusion cooking expert with a following of 1400 on her “Channi's Kitchen” Facebook page. She is also a founding member of the Kaur and Singh Academy – Los Angeles. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two boys, who both play the traditional Sikh musical instruments.
Performance: "Bride of the Sky"
Maya Batra is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. Her BA in Music Production and Composition is from the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, her first cuts as a songwriter were released in France and the US. Maya is now the executive director of VocalizeU Artist Intensives.
Master of Ceremonies
Channpal is the founder of CPSI Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in technology, data, and process consulting. He is also a founding member of Kaur and Singh Academy - Los Angeles, an academy focused on igniting the flame of Sikhi to the next generation of Sikhs. He is deeply passionate about Sikhi and is delving deeper into Gurbani through the writings of Sikh spiritualists and poets like Professor Puran Singh and Bhai Vir Singh Ji.
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