Artist: Simran Kaur, UK
Title: Bibi Bhani
Medium: Miniature Paiing
Commissioner: Inderjit Deu

The daughter of Guru Amar Das Ji and the wife of Guru Ram Das Ji; Bibi Bhani is recounted in sources as having an especially enlightened soul.
Guru Ram Das Ji only lived for six years after attaining the title of Guru and passed away at the age of 47. Bibi Bhani attained great spiritual enlightenment from the desire to serve her father Guru Amar Das Ji, and her spiritual insight guided her youngest son Guru Arjan Dev Ji to obtain the title of Guru.
The shabad Poota Mata Ki Aasees (loosely translated as, “o son, this is your mother’s blessing”) was a poem written in the voice of his mother by Guru Arjan Dev Ji. The shabad extols upon the guidance Guru Ji received from his mother upon his Gurgaddi at the age of 18.


Simran Kaur, UK

I am a london-based artist, specialising in indian miniature painting and the use of natural, sustainable sources to create these works. My journey in traditional art aims to pick up and conserve the fine threads of ancient mastery, particularly those focusing around the Indian subcontinent – showcasing and educating the coming generations on the art of the lost worlds, where with God’s Grace, these techniques and form of spiritual practice are embraced and carried into the future. As a current student of the traditional arts and learning under the watchful eyes of many renowned masters in their practices, the path within my spiritual and physical practice has just begun.

My work also focuses on the use of natural resources such as earths and plants, where the journeys of these materials intertwine into the paintings and a collective energy is formed. I have only scratched the surface as a traditional artist, but may this ‘kalakaari’ lead to the divine truth, and bring the eyes of the future closer to the source from which they permeate from.