Guru Nanak’s Message on Film: A beautiful interfaith story
In the borderless world of 15th century, people travelled distances to trade, rulers invaded to expand territories, and Nanak glided across the geographies to spread the message of humanity.
ALLEGORY, which means the revelation of a hidden meaning, is a tapestry of Guru Nanak’s travels. During his travels, Guru Nanak covered a large geographical tapestry, which in the 21st century, comprise of 9 nations, Pakistan, India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. To break barriers across faiths by engaging in spiritual dialogues, Guru Nanak visited numerous Islamic, Sufi and Hindu sites.
Between 15th and 16th centuries, the universal narratives of Guru Nanak’s travels were rendered only through oral traditions. In the 17th century, the oral narratives were strengthened by documenting them in the form of books, known as Janamsakhis. Today, in the 21st century, the Janamsakhis are forgotten and division of geographies as sovereign nations have made many of the historic sites inaccessible.
Moreover, today the Sikh narrative stands limited to gurdwaras at Nankana Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib and Panja Sahib. Thus, there is a compelling need to explore and film the sites visited by Guru Nanak so that the faded memories can be kept alive.
This will be the first documentary of its kind to chronicle the vast expanse of sites across 9 countries that were visited by Guru Nanak. Through an exploration and documentation of these sites in the 21st century, interspersed with narratives of the past, the universal message of Guru Nanak will continue to glide through generations.
Sikh Foundation is supporting this film and appeals to you to add your support to this worthy project to enable the filming cost of 150+ interfaith sites associated with Guru Nanak’s travels across nine nations:
Sri Lanka – filming completed
Iran – filming completed
Sri Lanka – filming completed
Pakistan – filming completed
COMPLETION DATE: November 2019
RELEASE DATE: November 2020
The progress of the filming activity can be followed on the following social media pages
Caption: Amardeep Singh on the trail of Baba Nanak in Iran Feb. 2019 Pic. Courtesy: Amardeep Singh
Amardeep Singh, from Singapore, is leading this project. He has a proven track record of developing unique and monumental works. Most noteworthy are Amardeep’s two books entitled ‘LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’ and ‘THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’, in which he has explored the remnants of the Sikh legacy in 126 cities and villages in Pakistan, including many places where the community has had no access for seven decades. Amardeep has also produced two visual film documentaries ‘PEERING SOUL’ and ‘PEERING WARRIOR’, which present his field explorations across Pakistan.
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Travelling across the dry region of Balochistan (Pakistan) requires physical endurance! Such terrains deplete the energy levels. Yet the film crew remains motivated and optimistic.
Snippets from the making of the documentary ‘ALLEGORY – A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels’. pic.twitter.com/YKs3nRpTcH
— Amardeep Singh (@adsranghar) March 17, 2019
Having completed the journey on Baba Nanak’s footsteps across Sri Lanka and Iran, we have now reached Pakistan. The last four days in Lahore have been spent discovering the strands of Baba Nanak’s message, which continues to thrive in this city, in the Sufi congregations and the Muslim Rababi traditions. Journey in the making of the documentary, ‘Allegory – A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels.’