Faculty Profile

Dr. Nadhra Shahbaz Naeem Khan

Assistant Professor

Department Of Humanities&Social Sciences

Nadhra Khan’s primary area of research and interest is 19th Century Sikh Art and Architectural Ornament in the Punjab, but she also focuses on Mughal Art and Architecture (16th to 18th century). Her work emphasizes the significance of the Sikh period as the last episode of centuries old indigenous art and architectural tradition before annexation of the Punjab by the British in 1849 that changed, among other things, the visual culture of the Punjab forever. A research project that started with one Sikh funerary monument or samadhi built to honor Maharaja Ranjit Singh has led her to study almost all major monuments dateable to this period, including the Golden Temple Amritsar, Sikh period havelis and various other samadhis. Her current research includes the impact of Sikh architectural vocabulary on subsequent British Raj architecture in the Punjab and the deep impact of British art and craft education on traditional art and craft practices.

    • Article
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2013). The Secular Sikh Maharaja and his Muslim Wife: Rani Gul Bahar Begum . Indian Painting: Themes, Histories, Interpretations (Essays in Honour of B. N. Goswamy) , Mapin , pp. 247-254
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2012). Posthumous Homage Paid to Maharaja Ranjit Singh . Jamal : A Journal of Aesthetics , University of the Punjab , pp. 65-74
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2010). Frescoes in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi . Lahore: Paintings, Murals and Calligraphy (MARG Quarterly Books) , The MARG Foundation , pp. 72-85
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2010). Life at the Lahore Darbar: 1799-1839 . Journal of South Asian Studies , University of the Punjab , pp. 283-301
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2008). Frescoes Unveiled: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi in Lahore . MARG: A Magazine of the Arts , The MARG Foundation , pp. 54-59.
      • Khan, N. S. N. Ayina-Kari in Sheesh Mahal Lahore Fort: Mughal or Sikh? . Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory , Routledge
    • Book
      • Khan, N. S. N. Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi: Understanding Sikh Architectural Ornament . , Studies in Asian Art and Culture (SAAC)
    • Conference Papers
      • Khan, N. S. N. .(2014). Ayina-Kari in Sheesh Mahal Lahore Fort: Mughal or Sikh? . Sikh Research Conference, University of Warwick ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Mythos to Ethos: Wall Paintings and Nineteenth Century Punjabi Women . 1st South Asian History Conference On Mapping the Economic and Social Dynamics of Modern South Asia: The Colonial Context ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Mistris or Craftsmen as Authors of Instruction Manuals in Early Twentieth Century Punjab . Labour, Livelihood and Culture: Crafts and Music in the Middle East, South and Central Asia ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. The Lahore Fort and its Four Courts: Power Symbols Used by a Mughal and a Sikh Ruler . Sikholars 2013, Graduate Student and Professionals Conference, Stanford University ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Sikh Diaspora and Gurdwaras in the UK: Reconstruction of Tradition and Culture . Connecting South Asia: Conference on Dynamics of Art & Cultural in South Asia, organized by the Theertha International Artists’ Association and the Colombo Institute for the Advanced Study of Society and Culture ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. The Sikh Diaspora and Their Heritage: ‘the West’ Goes Back to the Rest . Inaugural Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Hazuri Bagh Baradari: A Reflection of 19th C Sikh Architectural Practices . THAAP Conference (Trust for History, Art and Architecture) ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. The Artist's Touch and the Maharaja's Vision . Symposium and Exhibition on the Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Samadhi Bhai Vasti Ram: A Study of Sikh Architectural Ornamentation . THAAP (Trust for History, Art and Architecture) ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Themes of 19th Century Sikh Frescoes: Myth, Royalty, Rituals and Festivals . The 3rd International Congress of the Society of South Asian Archaeology, held at the University of Kelaniya ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Persian Characteristics of Nineteenth Century Sikh Monuments . The Fourth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) ,
      • Khan, N. S. N. Murals Discovered in Kharak Singh’s Haveli . Symposium on "Punjab Murals: Themes, Context, Patronage and Technique," Organized by the Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, Patiala ,
TitleSemesterCode
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
World CivilizationsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Independent StudySpring Semester 2015-161502
The Architectural Heritage of Lahore: Mughal, Sikh & RajFall Semester 2016-171601
Buddhist Art & Architecture in the SubcontinentSpring Semester 2016-171602
History of Miniature PaintingSpring Semester 2016-171602
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Introduction to the Art of Ancient Cultures: Prehistoric, Near East, Indus Valley & EgyptSummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Art of Ancient CulturesFall Semester 2009-10901
    Introduction to Mughal Art & ArchitectureFall Semester 2009-10901
    French Art: Neo-classicism to ImpressionismSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Mughal Architecture: Babur to AurangzebSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySummer Semester 2009-10903
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2010-111001
    Mughal Architecture: Babur to AurangzebFall Semester 2010-111001
    Getting to Know Pre- Colonial Punjab through FrescoesFall Semester 2010-111001
    Geometrical patterns in Islamic Art: History and ConstructionSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Getting to Know Pre- Colonial Punjab through FrescoesFall Semester 2011-121101
    The Architectural Heritage of Lahore: Mughal, Sikh & RajSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Buddhist Art & Architecture in the SubcontinentFall Semester 2012-131201
    Art of Ancient CulturesSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Mughal Architecture: Babur to AurangzebFall Semester 2013-141301
    19th Century Sikh Wall Paintings in PunjabSpring Semester 2013-141302