The Punjabi version of the English series on the iconic travels of Guru Nanak Dev ji across the distant lands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka was recently released in Tricity by the Singapore based couple, Amardeep Singh and Vininder Kaur.
Taking the Road Less Travelled
To carry forward the legacy of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the couple took the road less travelled and created the Punjabi docuseries titled ਸੈਨਤ, ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇ ਪੈਂਡਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਰੂਹਾਨੀ ਛਾਪ (Sainat, Guru Nanak Dey Paindeyan Di Roohani Chaap), which chronicles the vast expanse of multi-faith sites visited by Guru Nanak Dev ji for spiritual dialogues. The series is freely available on https://thegurunanak.com.
The English version of this docuseries was released in September 2021 under the title “Allegory, A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels”. The English version is also freely available on https://thegurunanak.com.
Propagating the Oneness of Humankind
This 24-episode docuseries on Guru Nanak Dev ji is a joint production of ‘Lost Heritage Productions’, a Singapore based production house and ‘Sikh Lens Productions’, a USA based non-profit organization. It has been filmed in over 150 multi-faith sites in 9 countries where Guru Nanak Dev ji had travelled in the 15th century during a 22 year-long spiritual quest.
“In a world that is so fragile and volatile, there has never been a better time to understand why Guru Nanak Dev ji travelled for 22 years to share his experiential wisdom and propagate the Oneness of humankind,” said Amardeep Singh.
“Over 260 verses of Guru Nanak Dev ji rendered in the Raags to invoke critical thinking is the foundation of this docuseries. In addition, narratives of 14 Saints from across the sub-continent, contemporaries and predecessors of Guru Nanak Dev ji, whose verses are enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib have been presented in the docuseries,” said Vininder Kaur.
A Philosophically Liberating Trail
Aided by the analytical study of the oldest ‘Janamsakhis’ (biographies of Guru Nanak Dev ji) and supported by the allegorical messages in Guru Nanak Dev ji’s verses, the team spent over three years in research and filming all the multi-faith sites in the geographies visited by Guru Nanak Dev ji. Thereafter, it has taken them over two years to edit the data to create the 24-episode docuseries.
For Amardeep and Vininder, every moment in Guru Nanak Dev ji’s footsteps has been philosophically liberating. It encouraged them to challenge their own conditioning, unlearn, relearn and assimilate the beauty of unity in diversity.
“We are seeking community support for this non-commercial endeavor to also produce the Hindi, Shahmukhi and Urdu versions of the docuseries. We would love to collaborate with like-minded people to spread the message of positivity and harmony across the globe,” Amardeep concluded.
An Undeterred Perseverance
While providing a sneak-peek into their illustrious expedition, Amardeep added, “We travelled from the deserts of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to Mount Kailash in Tibet, explored remote regions of perilous Afghanistan, experienced the scorching heat in Iraq, scaled the arid Baluchi mountains in Pakistan, and sailed across the waters of the Indian Ocean to disembark in Sri Lanka. Not only this, but we also blended with the Persian culture in Iran, crossed the delta region in Bangladesh and mapped all the four directions in India.”
In the current geopolitical restrictions and cultural mandates, it was not easy for Amardeep and Vininder to document Guru Nanak Dev ji’s extensive. However, undeterred by adversities, their perseverance has resulted in creating priceless documentation for generations to come.
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