Artist: Jatinder Singh Durhailay, UK
Title: Mata Sahib Deva
Medium: Miniature Painting

Mata Sahib Deva, the empress of the Sikh community and mother to the Khalsa, held court in Delhi following Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s passing in 1708.
She would direct the Khalsa on socio-political matters whilst also heading humanitarian endeavours like the creation of wells for the congregation. Addressing the community of Khalsa as her children, Mata Ji would perform daily worship to the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh.
A modern take on her name adds the honorific ‘Kaur’, which is understandable since this is the name given to women after they are baptised into the Khalsa panth. However, all of the hukamname (proclamations) that were penned in her own hand after the birth of the Khalsa in 1699 show that she signed her name as Sahib Deva.


Jatinder Singh Durhailay, UK

Jatinder Singh Durhailay born in 1988 in London, United-Kingdom. He received a Bachelor of the Arts from University Arts London in 2011 and has been active as a painter since. In addition to his beautiful paintings depicting Indian Sikh culture, Durhailay’s colourful drawing and watercolour work have as well drawn a wide fan base, while his practice has been praised within the art scene.

Jatinder Singh Durhailay’s work has appeared in many exhibitions around the world, and also sold at Scope Miami Art Basel in 2012. His talent, which can not be simply confined into Contemporary Indian Art or British Contemporary Painting, has gathered attention around the world with collectors in Europe, Asia and the USA. Some of the artist’s latest work appeared in “Empire, Faith and War” (Brunei Gallery, London UK 2014) and “State of Origin” (Unit24 Gallery, London UK 2014).

Durhailay is also trained in Indian Classical Music, performing and practicing Kirtan as well as playing among others, the rare Instrument that are the Dilruba and Taus.