Birds of Gurbani, Hans (Swan)
12″ X 16″
“One of the more popular birds in Punjabi folklore as well as Gurbani is the Hans. Besides being popular for its beauty, folk tales and mythology depict the Hans as a dutiful bird who knows how to find pearls and usually eats them (yum!). In these lines from gurbani, we are encouraged to contemplate the endless depth and extent of the Guru’s song or Bani. However, to value something so precious we would have to take on the characteristics of a Hans or someone who can recognize a precious stone when it sees it.”
-Rupy C. Tut
About the Artist:
Rupy C. Tut is a San Francisco based Sikh visual artist who started her professional journey exploring themes of identity and displacement through her paintings. Her art depicts the decorative Mughal Miniature style and Calligraphy in English as well as Gurmukhi. Currently, her work is intertwined with Sikh-related themes as she explores the imagery evoked by Gurbani. By building on verses from the Guru Granth Sahib with visual metaphors and calligraphy, Rupy aspires to produce a visual message in addition to a linguistic one.