6 PM Doors, 7 PM Program
274 Fifth Avenue
Between 29th and 30th Streets
With Sundeep "Sonny" Singh
On April 14, 1699, a day that’s today honored as one of the biggest Sikh holidays, Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Sikh guru), along with thousands of other Sikhs, created the Khalsa, a collective body of armed revolutionaries, warrior-saints, whose mission it was to overthrow tyranny in all its forms. Marking the 311th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa and the codification of Sikh identity, this Living Room will explore the revolutionary foundation of Sikhism and provide an opportunity to discuss the modern day relevance of Sikh philosophy and poetry-scripture.Facilitated by musician and activist Sonny Singh of the Sikh Coalition, we will celebrate Vaisakhi 2010 by discussing the Sikh approach to social justice through learning about Sikh history and philosophy and through singing and discussing the meaning of a shabad (Sikh devotional verse) together. Sonny will lead the shabad on the harmonium, accompanied by Nisha Mistry on the dholak.
Sundeep "Sonny" Singh is a musician, activist, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He has been involved in movements for social and economic justice since he was in high school, and has worked as a Community Organizer at the Sikh Coalition since 2008. Sonny also plays trumpet and sings in the bhangra brass band Red Baraat and is a freelance trumpet and dhol player. Since moving to NYC in 2003, he has worked in the labor movement for the union UNITE HERE, was a Community Organizer at the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), and is a member of the Left Turn Magazine collective.
Sonny received his M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2003, where he studied and practiced the art of popular education, using education as a tool for transformation and liberation. Sonny grew up in Charlotte, NC and Phoenix, AZ.