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Sikh Musical Heritage: A Documentary on Sikh Music
Sikh Musical Heritage: The Untold Story - a community project archiving the legacy of Sikh music.   Read more..

Sikh Music Documentary

Sikh Musical Heritage - The Untold Story

Sikh Musical Heritage is a very colorful and rich tradition, composed of creativity but with a very practical purpose. Sikh Music, also commonly known as Kirtan or Gurmat Sangeet, is the foundation for the Sikh way of life.

The tradition of Kirtan in Sikhi started with Guru Nanak Dev ji, who used it as a tool to communicate internally between mind and soul; Kirtan was also used for external communication with people from all walks of life across diverse cultures.

Our primary aim for this documentary on Sikh Music is to share the importance of Kirtan in every Sikh’s life and preserve our rich musical heritage.

The Sikh Music documentary will share the extensive academic and community based research that has been uncovered over the past few years – research that tells an untold story of what is Kirtan, why is it important, and why did Guru Nanak Dev ji use Kirtan as a means of communication.

Through this documentary project, we want to create a high quality visual account of historic events that occurred in the field of Sikh Music, from its introduction in Sikhi with Guru Nanak to its evolution over the years.

We aim to also bring forward factual evidence providing an unbiased account of a few key events, bringing light to certain aspects lost from our musical heritage due to British influence in the 18th and 19th century. This will let us to share a part of our history that has not only been overlooked but also forgotten.

So, join us in this community effort to revive and preserve Sikh Musical Heritage as we take upon this journey together uncovering historic events that have influenced Sikh Music and brought it to its present state as we know it today.

We recognize as a community that there is a vast need for education on critical topics such as Kirtan to uncover the Sikh way of life as practiced during the time of Sikh Gurus. However, no such project has been undertaken to date that aims to close this education gap.

Although we may have heard the names of string and percussion instruments from Sikh Musical Heritage such as Dilruba, Saranda, Rabab, Sarangi, Taus, Jori, and Pakhawaj, we are neither provided their contextual importance nor the reason of their disappearance from our society. We wish to answer these questions for the wider audience so that we, as a community, can better understand one of the most vital aspects of Sikh history and its connection to our practice of Sikhi today.

Professor Surinder Singh has dedicated his life to the field of preserving and sharing the art of Sikh Music. Through his passionate hard work and research, this project has been made possible. This information is critical to connecting the bridge between past and present as we all build a brighter future.

If we forget to appreciate what has been blessed to us, we will continue to lose more of our cultural heritage. If we become aware of what was taken from us and what we are losing, we can work together to preserve a crucial element of our cultural heritage.

The shooting for the Sikh Music documentary will begin in April, 2015. The shooting will take place in India, United Kingdom, and United States. Our aim is to complete the project by Fall 2015 in preparation for its first screening at the Sikhlens Film Festival in California in November, 2015.

Upon the screening of the documentary in several other film festivals across the world, we aim to submit the documentary to TV and News Channels after which the documentary will be made available to the larger community.

Please extend your support by donating to the project and share the details with your family and friends. We thank you for your generous support.

If you have any questions about the documentary project, please contact Preetinder Singh at preetinder@rajacademy.com.