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The Golden Temple  in Amritsar, Punjab India. Courtesy Auteur Productions
Life and Legacy: New Documentary on Guru Nanak Airs on Public Television
March 06, 2020
Most Americans know little about Sikhism and virtually nothing about its founder – Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A new documentary film seeks to change that.
Dr Rajwant Singh-Courtesy National Sikh Campaign
Zero to 550: A Community Leader Sees an Opportunity March 06, 2020
In 2015, Sikh community leader Rajwant Singh was disheartened to learn how little his fellow Americans knew about his faith. Despite years of outreach and interfaith work, the numbers were stark.  Most Americans knew very little about the tradition and virtually nothing about its founder.  But after contemplating the consequences, Singh decided more could be done to raise awareness. He saw an opportunity.  Around the globe, an estimated 30 million adherents of the world’s fifth-largest religion were preparing to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji.  Singh along with a handful of community leaders raised seed money to enlist veteran documentary filmmakers to introduce American audiences to the origin story of Sikhism and its legacy.

Dr. Rajwant Singh, President at EcoSikh and Senior advisor to the National Sikh Campaign
Golden Temple Amritsar Punjab India. CCBY Pixabay user ManicSylph
Telling Guru Nanak’s Story: Filmmakers Trek the Globe March 06, 2020
When Gerry and Adam Krell agreed to make a documentary about the Sikh faith, both were quick to acknowledge how little they knew about Sikhism.  Yet it was that lack of awareness they credit with helping them tell the story.  Traveling around the world – from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India to Texas, they not only do their proverbial homework – they weaved Sikh American voices into the retelling of the founding Guru’s origin story. From prominent Sikh Americans and musicians to truck drivers and religious leaders, the documentary conveys the complexity of the community and its evolution in America. The Krells won Best Director for the film at the 11th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles. The documentary began airing on 150 public television on February 23rd and is distributed by American Public Television.

Adam Krell, Producer of Guru Nanak The Founder of Sikhism - Life and Legacy

Gerald Krell-courtesy Auter Productions
Gerald Krell

courtesy Auteur Productions

Adam Krell-courtesy Auter Productions

Adam Krell

courtesy Auteur Productions
Ayesha Jalal PhD. Courtesy Tufts Universit
Religion and Conflict in India: Divine Enemies or Political Reality March 06, 2020
Recent headlines from South Asia suggest Hindu-Muslim violence is escalating in India’s capital city. But is the conflict being correctly framed? Not according to South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies scholar Ayesha Jalal. In this candid conversation, the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and former MacArthur Fellow challenges conventional thinking. She traces the roots of division to a very specific census conducted during British colonial rule at the end of the 19th Century. Jalal challenges listeners to take a more nuanced and historical view of identity politics that invoke religion.

Ayesha Jalal, PhD., Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and Director of the  Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

Music for this week's episode by MC Yogi, Blue Dot Sessions, Bhai Arashpreet Singh, Tanti Saazand, Mahabeer Singh and Riyaaz Qawwalli