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Kapany gave $ 500,000 to The New Asian Art Museum

San Francisco, September 25, 1999

Grand Exhibition Of Sikh Art Opens

Dr Narinder Singh Kapany's family owned several magnificent manuscripts depicting the life of Guru Nanak, he did not seriously start collecting Sikh art till the 1980s.

"Suddenly I started seeing Sikh art sold at Southeby's and Christie's," said Kapany, known as the father of fiber optics, as he discussed how he developed an active interest in Sikh art.

"I frantically started buying Sikh art."

Some paintings and other historic objects that Kapany donated to the Asian Art Museum are on display here in an exhibition called 'The Arts of the Sikh Kingdom'. In all, he gave nearly 100 objects. Another highlight of the Kapany Collection is a series of 41 paintings illustrating a Janam Sakhi manuscript that tells the life story of Guru Nanak.

Recently Kapany gave $ 500,000 to The New Asian Art Museum that is under construction here. One of the Indian galleries in the new museum will be named after his wife, Satinder Kaur Kapany. Including Dr. Kapany's gift, the New Asian Art Museum Project has secured over $ 110 million of its $ 150 million goal. It is expected to open in 2001.

The current exhibition, which focuses mostly on the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, came to San Francisco after a successful stint at Victoria and Albert Museum in London.





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