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Indian-origin Singaporean Sikh couple to release documentary on Guru Nanak

By PTI

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Sikh couple of Indian origin will release a 24-episode documentary online, narrating the vast expanse of sites Guru Nanak visited in his lifetime.

Singh said on Friday that Amardeep Singh and his wife Vininder Kaur will release weekly episodes of the documentary on TheGuruNanak.com website at no cost. It will also be available for download.

In the next phase, the documentary produced by ‘Lost Heritage Productions’ and ‘Sikhlens Productions’ will be translated into Punjabi and Hindi.

550 years ago, Guru Nanak traveled to the remote countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka for more than two decades on a philanthropic quest to spread the message of the unity of creation .

To connect with people of diverse cultures and belief systems, Guru Nanak engaged in philosophical and social dialogue, and through words and music, he provided experiential and spiritual insight, fearlessly challenged the binary construction of society, and Consistently opposed gender, religious, racial and class inequalities.

In the 21st century, geopolitical restrictions and cultural mandates pose enormous challenges to trace Guru Nanak’s extensive travels, as nearly 70 percent of the locations he visits are in geographical areas where filming is difficult.

However, in January 2019, the team led by Singh and Kaur embarked on a journey to follow in the footsteps of Guru Nanak.

“The aim of this arduous task, which extends far beyond personal ambition, is to preserve the teachings of Guru Nanak that recognize no boundaries or human divisions,” Singh said in a press release.

Backed by an analytical study of the oldest ‘janamsakhis’ (biographies of Guru Nanak) and the allegorical messages in Guru Nanak’s verses, the team spent more than three years filming all the geographical and multi-faith sites visited by Guru Nanak. Life events in the form of a 24-episode documentary.

Impressed by adversity, he traveled from the desert of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to Mount Kailash in Tibet, explored remote areas of dangerous Afghanistan, experienced severe heat in Iraq, crossed the arid Baluchi mountains in Pakistan, sailed across the waters of the ocean. To land in Sri Lanka, mixed with Persian culture in Iran, crossed the delta region into Bangladesh and mapped the four directions in India.

Commenting on the documentary, Dr. Mohamed H. Qayumi, President Emeritus, San Jose State University, said, “As a practicing Muslim, I have found this documentary full of symbolic spiritual messages from Guru Nanak, which Will be enjoyable for everyone who has an inquisitive mind. I highly recommend him to all the viewers.”

For Amardeep and Vininder, each moment following in the footsteps of Guru Nanak was philosophically liberating. It encouraged them to challenge their own conditioning, to unlearn, to re-learn and to imbibe the beauty of unity in diversity.

Singh said, “In such a fragile and volatile world, there has never been a better time to understand why Guru Nanak traveled 22 years to share his experiential wisdom and preach the unity of mankind.”

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