SGPC have maintained that only men can perform Kirtan inside Sri Harmandar Sahib because it’s been the Maryada (Code) for hundreds of years. However, a picture from 1979 shows Gore (White Sikhs) performing kirtan alongside women inside Sri Harmandar Sahib. The rare photo belongs to Antion Vikram Singh Meredith whose Jatha was the first white Sikh group to perform kirtan inside Sri Darbar Sahib.

Antion Vikram Singh Meredith
Antion Vikram Singh Meredith
Antion Vikram Singh Meredith

He stated on social media:

“It is the first time Gore (White boys) did kirtan at Harimandir Sahib (the Golden temple, Amritsar). This was in 1979. However we did it again in 1980 and this is the only pic I have of that occasion. On tabla Dr. Shakati Singh and on second vaja Bhai Beant Singh.”

2nd Historical Evidence:

In fact, there has been an instance of a Woman performing Kirtan at Sri Harmandir Sahib, in 1980:

With the protection of Baba Nihal Singh, Krishan Kaur Khalsa was the first woman to perform kirtan, in recent time, within the confines of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Vikram Singh Khalsa was performing kirtan on the Gurupurab for the Prakash Utsav of Guru Ram Das Ji. This kirtan was for a Bhog on the roof of the Harimandir Sahib — not in the main hall. When he finished, he motioned for Krishna Kaur Khalsa to play. As she began some SGPC sevadars moved to stop her but Baba Nihal Singh and some other Nihangs stood in their way and protected her right to perform kirtan within the confines of the Harimandir Sahib.

Apparently, white Sikh females have been allowed to perform kirtan inside Sri Harmandar Sahib several times but those native to Punjab have been prevented.

Why does the SGPC discriminate against native people of Punjab and the same rule doesn’t apply to White Sikhs?

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