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 ,
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 History of Miniature Painting 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Buddhist Art & Architecture in the Subcontinent 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Mughal Architecture: Babur to Aurangzeb 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 History of Miniature Painting 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Buddhist Art & Architecture in the Subcontinent 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 The Architectural Heritage of Lahore: Mughal, Sikh & Raj 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Independent Study 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 World Civilizations 1502
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 19th Century Sikh Wall Paintings in Punjab 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Mughal Architecture: Babur to Aurangzeb 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Art of Ancient Cultures 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Buddhist Art & Architecture in the Subcontinent 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 The Architectural Heritage of Lahore: Mughal, Sikh & Raj 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Getting to Know Pre- Colonial Punjab through Frescoes 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Geometrical patterns in Islamic Art: History and Construction 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Getting to Know Pre- Colonial Punjab through Frescoes 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Mughal Architecture: Babur to Aurangzeb 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Independent Study 1001
    Summer Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 903
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Mughal Architecture: Babur to Aurangzeb 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 French Art: Neo-classicism to Impressionism 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Introduction to Mughal Art & Architecture 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Art of Ancient Cultures 901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Introduction to the Art of Ancient Cultures: Prehistoric, Near East, Indus Valley & Egypt 804