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For the first time, an online Gurmat Sangeet Library is being established to promote Sikh Sacred Music at global level in comparison to other music traditions. The primary objective of this project is to preserve the publications related to Gurmat Sangeet along with other contemporary relevant research material. For the promotion of Gurmat Sangeet, the process of collection of books, journals, magazines, souvenirs, audio recordings and information regarding Gurmat Sangeet is in continuous progress.

Primarily, the project has been conceived by Dr. Gurnam Singh, Founder Professor & Head, Gurmat Sangeet Chair, Punjabi University Patiala. In 2006, during his visit to Canada, he performed Keertan at various places for the promotion of Gurmat Sangeet Project which was highly appreciated by the community at global level. For the establishment of an Online Library in the loving memory of Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh whose entire life was dedicated to Gurbani Keertan and Naam Simran, under the leadership of honourable Master Ujagar Singh, Bhai Nagina Singh, Bhai Kanwaljit Singh and Bibi Gian Kaur and other members of Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Surrey, Canada raised a donation of rupees 20 lakh within an year for the accomplishment of this project.

On 14 Dec., 2007, Bhai Randhir Singh On-line Library was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor along with former Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib - Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Sri Anandpur Sahib - Giani Tarlochan Singh, Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa - Chairperson Sri Guru Gian Parkash Foundation, Singh Sahiba Bibi Inderjit Kaur Yogi, Master Ujagar Singh - Canada and Dr. Gurnam Singh.

Under the patronage of Vice-Chancellor and leadership of Dr. Gurnam Singh and the Project Director Dr. Amritpal Kaur (Professor, Punjabi Literary Studies, Punjabi University Patiala), the members Dr. Harminder Kaur (Technical Assistant), Manpreet Singh (Technical Assistant), Amrinder Singh (Technical Assistant), Amanjot Kaur (Lecturer), Arvinder Singh (Technical Assistant), Satbir, Bikramjeet Singh and Joginder Kaur worked day and night for the accomplishment of this project.

A team of the technical experts including Dr. Kawaljit Singh (Director, Computer Centre), Dr. Gurpreet Lehal (Director, Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture), Dr. Dharamvir Sharma (Department of Computer Science), Dr. Saroj Bala (Chief Librarian) helped a lot in this project. Now, with the blessings of the Almighty, this project is being launched on 3rd December, 2010 by our worthy Vice-Chancellor.

Most of the material of the library is available in Punjabi language. Keeping in view the globalization perspective, the titles of various books, research journals and magazines have been transliterated in Roman Script. In the next phase of this project, we will provide the Gurmukhi version, the abstracts and more information relevant to the research work about Sikh Sacred Music.

Punjabi University has dedicated this service to the mankind. All researchers are welcome to this Online Library. For more information and help, you can contact us and your valuable suggestions are welcome.
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