On January the 9th, 1907 CE, a Lahori bookseller named H. Abdur Rahman arrived
at the India Office Library in London and offered a small but beautifully illustrated,
handwritten book for sale. It was written in a Gurmukhi script and titled, ‘A Life of
Nanak (Janamsakhi)’ and was dated 1733. According to the entry made in the
library’s date book that day, the manuscript contained ‘a large number (over 50) of
miniatures, was in a fair condition, and must be regarded as a rarity.’ Abdur
Rahman seemed to be in a hurry to get back to India. So, the library acquired the
manuscript for all of ten pounds.
Keywords: Book review keywords: B40, Janamsakhi, Guru Nanak, sikh literature, Alam Chand
Book Review: Janamsakhi: Paintings of Guru Nanak in Early Sikh Art (Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh) by Rupinder Singh Brar – Click the PDF icon to view, right-click to save as.
|Reviewed by Rupinder Singh Brar|
Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute, Yuba City, CA