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ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥

ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥

(Guru Nanak Sahib - Ang 1245)

ghaal khaae kishh hathhahu dhaee ||

One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has

naanak raahu pashhaanehi saee ||1||

- O Nanak, he knows the Path. ||1||

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh !

May Guru Sahib Shower all of you with Blessings on this special day - The Parkash Purb of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji .

To mark this day i have posted a short film from 1989 - it was shown on Channel 4 (UK) in the Children's TV slot.

It is a very good little film - it has a very 'homespun' quality - it is not perfect but remember it was made for children.

It also has a social history angle - in that it gives a snap shot of the Walsall and Coventry Sangats in 1989

Enjoy it

Click on the Link to see it :

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=...25&hl=en-GB

Here is a collection of some beautiful and interesting old Portraits of Guru Sahib.

( I had some problems posting the pictures - I kept getting a message saying I've posted too many pics - So I've posted links to the pictures - just click on them to see the pictures )

These are from the collection of the Government Museum and Art Gallery Chandigarh.

This watercolour from the end of the 19th century - shows Guru Nanak in a chola / cloak with Quranic inscriptions

There is a janamsakhi account of Guru Nanak receiving such a chola at Baghdad - and one is preserved at Dera Baba Nanak.

Perhaps anyone who can read arabic script can confirm that the calligraphy is from the quran - it has been said that the calligraphy on the sleeves is Gurbani from Japji Sahib. - (If you can read shahmukhi please give a transliteration - Many Thanks )

I have posted some details and a picture that is said to be the Chola at Dera Baba Nanak.

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4699/dsc00317cb8.jpg

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/2327/dsc00318wq2.jpg

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/8755/dsc00319dl1.jpg

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/6864/dsc00320rp7.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/9699/cholakr6.jpg

In this Punjab plains watercolour from the late 19th century - Guru Sahib is shown wearing a patchwork cloak embroidered with the Mul Mantar.

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/3965/dsc00323tj8.jpg

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/7852/dsc00332fl4.jpg

In this Kashmir style watercolour Guru Sahib is also wearing a patchwork shawl

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/7605/dsc00322ld7.jpg

Guru Nanak at Panja Sahib

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/8283/dsc00315yd4.jpg

'Das Guru Darshan' Painted by Bhai Puran Singh 'musavvar' , dated AD1882

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/8443/dsc00316af2.jpg

A woodcut from the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/1016/22734largela3.jpg

The following pictures are from the B40 Janamsakhi in the collection of the India Office/ British Library.

Guru Nanak grazing his buffaloes

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/3958/dsc00327cs2.jpg

Guru Nanak at Mecca

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/561/dsc00326dk9.jpg

Baba Nanak and Bhagat Kabir

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2445/dsc00324wl8.jpg

http://img350.imageshack.us/img350/5052/dsc00325bw8.jpg

The following pictures are some of my favourite examples of 'Popular' calendar type portraits

'Waheguru Nam Jahaz hai, Charey so uttarey paar'

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/3956/dsc00328yx2.jpg

Bhai Lalo and Malik Bhago

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9510/dsc00329xh0.jpg

This last picture was always a favourite of mine as a child.

"Bliss"

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9286/dsc00330ic0.jpg

Hope you enjoyed the pictures !

GurFateh !

Ranjit Singh 'Freed'

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5498/dsc00331lk9.jpg

* Pictures taken from;

*B40 Janamsakhi Guru Baba Nanak - Paintings - Surjit Hans - GNDU

*Piety and Splendour - Sikh Heritage in Art - BN Goswamy - Nat Mus New Delhi - 2000

*Guru Nanak 5th Century Diary - 1969

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