Artist: Jatinder Singh Durhailay, UK
Title: Bebe Nanaki
Medium: Miniature Painting
Commissioner: Amardeep Sanghera

Bebe Nanaki, considered to be the first Sikh, was the first to recognise her younger brother, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s presence, prowess and profound perspectives. As such, she defended Guru Ji from negative comments and misconceptions, as she was able to better recognise the true, transcendent nature of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Bebe Nanaki exemplified the essence of Seva. She would offer Guru Nanak Dev Ji a job at her husband’s shop, open up her own home in Sultanpur to Guru Ji and his wife and later, would gift Guru Nanak Dev Ji the Rabab that Bhai Mardana went on to play in accompaniment. She also played a significant role in raising Baba Sri Chand.
Bebe Nanaki took her last breath in the arms of her brother, as Guru Ji recited Japji Sahib.


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.