Amritsar, February 11: A portrait of Ustad Prof Avtar Singh Naaz who had been imparting kirtan training to raagi jathas for nearly 40 years, would be displayed in the Central Sikh Museum.
The announcement was made by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur at a meeting of raagi jathas of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib here, on the request of raagi Singhs.
Prof Naaz had been imparting kirtan training to the raagi jathas at the Shaheed Sikh Missionary College at Amritsar under Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC.
A large number of renowned kirtan jathas including Bhai Harjinder Singh Srinagar, Bhai Ravinder Singh, Padam Sri Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa have received training from him.
During the gathering, Bibi Jagir Kaur discussed the coming centenary events with the raagi jathas and also listened to their problems.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that Gurmat Samagam would be held at various places by the SGPC on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the ninth Sikh Guru and the services of raagi jathas are important during these ceremonies.
She said that apart from Amritsar, Gurmat Samagam would be held at various places in the country including Sri Anandpur Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, Baba Bakala Sahib, Dhamtaan Sahib.
Apart from this the centenary of Saka Sri Nankana Sahib is also being marked and preparations for all the events are underway.
The SGPC president said that the impact of Gurbani Kirtan on the sangat is indelible, so raagi jathas would be sent to different places throughout these centenary events.
Meanwhile, the raagi jathas expressed their commitment to extend all possible cooperation for the centenaries and thanked the SGPC president for considering their demands.
In the meeting SGPC general secretary Adv Bhagwant Singh Sialka, interim committee member Baba Charanjit Singh Jassowal, member Bhai Manjit Singh Bhurakohna, S. Jarnail Singh Dogranwala, Sri Darbar Sahib manager S. Mukhtar Singh Cheema, and other officials were present.
Among the hazuri raagis Bhai Ravinder Singh, Bhai Onkar Singh, Bhai Karnail Singh, Bhai Shaukeen Singh, Bhai Jagtar Singh, Bhai Satinderbir Singh and others were present.
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