Non-profit foundation with main objectives:
PRACTICE, PRESERVE, PROMOTE AND SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SIKH RELIGION AS ENSHIRINED IN THE HOLY SIKH SCRIPTURES, THE HOLY GURU GRANTH SAHEB.
PROMOTE THE EDUCATION, LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUNJABI LANGUAGE IN CANADA AND FOR THIS PURPOSE TO ESTABLISH CLASSES, SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES, ACADEMIC CHAIRS AND LECTURESHIPS IN CANADA FOR THE CANADIANS GENERALLY.
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha
A brief sketch of his life and achievements by Dr.Mohinder Singh Dhillon
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha was the most erudite Sikh scholar. A multi-talented author, administrator, diplomat, historian, interpreter of Sikh scriptures, a tutor especially to (heir apparent prince Ripudaman Singh of Nabha and a British administrator Max Arthur Macauliffe) was born on August 30, 1861 at his maternal grandfather's village named Sabaj Banera to mother Har Kaur and father Baba Narain Singh. Baba Narain Singh was a saintly Sikh preacher steeped in Sikh traditions and well known for his ability to recite Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Scriptures). Mr. Macauliffe requested Maharaja Hira Singh of Nabha to spare Bhai Kahan Singh so that he can work with him. Maharaja Hira Singh accepted his request and relieved Bhai Kahan Singh from his service. Mr. Macauliffe wrote history of the Sikhs in six volumes all under his guidance and supervision. Bhai Kahan Singh was the eldest among three brothers and one sister who died as a child. His ancestral village is Pitho, at that time of his birth, this village was in Nabha State, but now is in District Bhatinda, Punjab. Since his great-great grandparents were very well known and belonged to Dhillon farming family having a large acreage of land.
Like many others of that time, Bhai Kahan Singh received no formal school or University education but was taught by tutors at home. At the age of four he started learning Punjabi from his father. He became well-versed in other languages Hindi, Braj Bhasha, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian and English by different tutors. He was taught Music by the famous musician Mahant Gaja Singh played Sitar and Dilruba (musical instruments) with distinction. He perfected in Martial Art and was a good marksman and a great hunter.
As an administrator he started working for Nabha State. He held positions including city Magistrate, Nazim (Deputy Commissioner), Mir Munshi, Nehar (Canals) Nazim. Due to his ability to sort out problems he was given the responsibilities of a foreign minister, a judge of the High Court and member of the Judicial Council. He played a signiﬁcant role in writing the Anand Marriage Act which was proposed by Maharaja Ripudaman Singh in the Governor General's Council in Delhi in 1906, as a result Sikh Anand Karaj (marriages) Act was given the legal status. Nabha and Patiala States did notalways enjoy a friendly relationship
- even though the both rulers were related, decedents of Baba Phula Singh the founder of Phulkian States which includes Nabha and Patiala. Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha played a signiﬁcant role in creating a harmonious relationship of friendship between the two rulers.
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha was a Renaissance man,who has left a lasting impact on Punjab and Punjabi literary world. Some students received PhD's to research on his life and works. A Sikh with strong convictions lived his life on the principals of Sikhism laid down by Sikh Gurus, enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib. He had one son named Bhagwant Singh commonly known Hari Ji and three grandsons and two granddaughters and one great grandson named Maj. Adarshpal Singh Dhillon served in the Indian army. Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha passed away on November 3, 1938. It is only natural that we Punjabi loving people should remember and pay respect to a man ofthe century a pioneering encyclopaedist.
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha
Max Aurthur Macauliffe
His Highness Maharaja
Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha,
Maharaja Ripudaman Singh
Harjeet K.Kahlon, MA,M.ED(PB) M.ED(MB.)
Jessie Pannu BA(Hon.)MA