Sikh Musical Heritage - The Untold Story
Our feature-length documentary had its world premiere at the Sikh International Film Festival in New York in December 2017. It has since been shown in Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver and Frankfurt.
We are planning further screenings in cities across the world to bring the story of Sikh music to as many communities as possible. We would particularly like to find venues in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
If you can help facilitate a screening in your city, please visit www.sikhmusicalheritage.com and submit a 'Contact Us' form.
Sikh musical heritage is a colourful and rich tradition with creativity at its heart. Sikh music is the foundation of the Sikh way of life and has a practical purpose.
The musical tradition in Sikhi, also known as Kirtan and Gurmat Sangeet, started with Guru Nanak who used it as a tool for internal communication between mind and soul. Kirtan was also used to communicate with people from all walks of life across diverse cultures.
The documentary draws on extensive academic and community-based research to reveal the origins of Sikh instrumentation. It is a visual account of largely overlooked historic events, from the introduction of Kirtan by Guru Nanak to the near-destruction of Sikh culture by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Please join us in the effort to revive and preserve Sikh musical heritage. We recognize that there is a critical need for education on topics such as Kirtan to reveal the Sikh way of life as practised during the time of the Sikh Gurus.
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 generally given neither their contextual importance nor the reason for their disappearance. The documentary answers these questions for a wider audience so that we can better understand one of the most vital aspects of Sikh history and its connection to our reality today.
Yogi Professor Surinder Singh has dedicated his life to sustaining and sharing the art of Sikh music. This project has been made possible by his passionate hard work and research. It serves as a bridge to connect past and present as we build a brighter future.
If we forget to appreciate what has been blessed to us we will continue to lose more of our valuable heritage. If we become aware of what was taken from us and what we are losing, we can work together to revive this crucial element of our culture.
Shooting for Sikh Musical Heritage - The Untold Story began in spring 2015 and was carried out in India, the UK and the USA.
After screenings at film festivals and private events across the world we intend to submit the documentary to TV channels, after which it will be made available to the wider community.
We thank our generous supporters for all their help in realizing this project.