[Attari: Sikh pilgrims return from Pakistan after celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, at the Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, Nov. 13, 2019. ( /PTI]
New Delhi, Nov 13 : A film depicting the prominent teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, was shown at prominent locations in countries with a sizeable Sikh diaspora, including the US, UK and Canada, as part of celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh master.
The LED video was shown at the Palazzo Senatorio in Rome, Maritime Museum in Sydney and Nanak Darbar Gurudwara in Dubai among other places.
The film depicts the prominent teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, his inspiring quotes and also about the three pillars of Sikhism i.e. Nam Jap, Kirat kar and Vaaa Chakk presented in spectacular visual narrative using an animated and graphic visual.
The illustrations are based on scenes from the life of a common man and give a visual meaning to the application of Guru Nanak Dev’s teachings in daily life.
UNESCO is also partnering in translations of Nanak’s teachings in many international languages for wider dissemination and outreach.
As part of the 550th anniversary celebrations, Indian missions also unveiled special commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts and presented the same to foreign dignitaries.
The celebrations this year also coincide with the opening of the historic Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 to enable pilgrims from India and those holding Overseas Citizen of India cards to undertake visits to the historic Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.
Guru Nanak’s teachings of love, peace, equality and brotherhood have universal appeal and convey the message of spirituality, humanity, devotion and truth, said a statement.
Earlier this year, to mark the celebrations of the anniversary, missions and posts abroad organised a large number of activities such as Baisakhi celebrations, photo exhibitions, seminars and talks, and screening of documentary films on the life of Guru Nanak.
On October 22, around 90 resident Heads of Missions in New Delhi travelled to Amritsar on a special commemorative visit. ICCR also organised a visit by a team of Sikh diaspora youth to various places associated with Guru Nanak Dev in India and held an international youth seminar on the occasion in Amritsar.