A trib­ute to the poets of the Guru Granth Sahib

HT City - - Entertainment - Shreya Mukher­jee ■shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Meera De­wan’s lat­est doc­u­men­tary, Dhun Mein Dhyan: Med­i­ta­tions in Mu­sic in the Guru Granth Sahib, cap­tures the con­tri­bu­tion of ‘Sufi and other multi-faith poets, who lived cen­turies and ge­ogra­phies apart’ in the mak­ing of the holy book of the Sikhs.

“The se­ries of films that I have been mak­ing in Pun­jab, in­clud­ing my last film, Gur Prasad, which cel­e­brated the food shar­ing tra­di­tion, Lan­gar, led to a deep ad­mi­ra­tion for the uni­ver­sal mes­sages of com­pas­sion and hu­man­ism in Sikh phi­los­o­phy. While re­search­ing, I learnt how a Mus­lim weaver from Benares, a farmer from Ra­jasthan, a bar­ber, a cob­bler, a Sufi saint, a blind poet, among oth­ers, are some of the writ­ers who con­trib­uted to cre­ate the uni­ver­sal vi­sion that we are all born from the same light,” says the film­maker.

The doc­u­men­tary will be screened on September 18 at the In­dia In­ter­na­tional Centre, as part of Open Frame Film Fes­ti­val - Pub­lic Ser­vice Broad­cast­ing Trust.

“Inni Kaur, who is a noted global scholar of Sikh phi­los­o­phy, who has spo­ken ex­ten­sively about the mul­ti­faith as­pects of the Granth Sahib at var­i­ous global sem­i­nars, is fea­tured in the film. Bhai Kul­tar Singh ji, the 14th gen­er­a­tion Raagi, whose fam­ily has been singing verses from the Guru Granth Sahib ever since it’s been com­piled, has con­trib­uted the verses in the film, and also ex­plains the mu­si­cal­ity within the Granth [writ­ten in 31 ra­gaas]. Pop­u­lar artist Ar­pana Caur’s paint­ings cap­tur­ing the jour­ney of Guru Nanak to Mecca, Ladakh and other places along with Bhai Mar­dana, who was a rabab player, add vis­ual ap­peal to the film,” she adds.

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