Saturday, 22 February 2014

Akal Takht honours prominent Sikhs

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar felicitate Bhai Gurmej Singh in Amritsar.

Akal Takht felicitated three Sikhs for their contribution to their respective fields at a programme in the Golden Temple Complex here today.

Former hazuri raagi Bhai Gurmej Singh, who prepared the bir of Guru Granth Sahib in Braille, was bestowed with the title of ‘Sikh Rattan’, while noted Sikh historian Kirpal Singh was conferred the title of ‘Professor of Sikhism’. Former hazuri raagi Bhai Amrik Singh Zakhmi was awarded with ‘Shiromani Raagi’ award posthumously. Bhai Harjot Singh Zakhmi received the award on behalf of his father.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh presented them a silver plaque, a sword, a shawl and a siropa (robe of honour). The Akal Takht Jathedar said Bhai Gurmej Singh made untiring efforts to transliterate Guru Granth Sahib in Braille and spent his entire life in the propagation of Gurbani. “Kirpal Singh did a commendable work in the field of Sikh history and research while contributing to the propagation of Sikhism across the globe,” he said.

The Akal Takht Jathedar said Bhai Amrik Singh Zakhmi carried forward the tradition of performing Gurbani kirtan on the basis of raagas.

Tribune News Service, Amritsar, February 17

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