Singapore, 5 December 2021 (TDI): Baba Guru Nanak’s 552nd birth anniversary was celebrated at Pakistan’s High Commission in Singapore.

The commemorative ceremony hosted the screening of a docuseries “Allegory – A Tapestry of Gugu Nanak’s Travels”. The docuseries are 24 episodes long out of which select segments were screened. Moreover, the docuseries are produced by Singaporean Sikh Scholar Mr. Amardeep Singh.

The docuseries are centered around the travels of Baba Nanak. Hence it is filmed across nine countries. Moreover, since Baba Nanak spent most of his life in areas which are located in modern-day Pakistan 80% of the docuseries are also filmed in Pakistan. Baba Guru Nanak traveled all across these countries preaching his teachings. These included the belief in the oneness of God, truth, integrity, love, and service of humanity. Also, the filming in Pakistan included capturing areas that are Pakistan’s Sikh heritage sites. This threw special light on Pakistan’s potential as a faith tourism-friendly country.

The event was arranged at RELC International Hotel. The attendees included senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, cultural organizations, think tanks, media, historians, researchers, scholars, academicians, and members of the Sikh and Pakistani communities. Additionally, the event also live-streamed. This was done to facilitate those who couldn’t physically attend the event due to COVID-related restrictions.

The Kartarpur Corridor

High Commissioner Rukhsana Afzal opened the session. Furthermore, she told the audience about the Kartarpur Corridor. The Kartarpur Corridor opened in November 2019. The event commemorated the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. Adding on, she stated that “the corridor had facilitated Sikh pilgrims from across the border to visit the birthplace of Baba Ji to rejuvenate their faith”.

UN Secretary Antonio Guterres termed it as the ‘Corridor of Hope’. Secondly, he expressed his pleasure in viewing Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims praying harmoniously.

Amardeep Singh expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani authorities for facilitating his tour. Previously the producer has also authored two books on Sikh heritage in Pakistan.

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