“DUE to the pandemic, all our festivals have been digital, and I’m very joyful and excited that Sikhlens – Sikh Arts and Film Festival 2021 India Chapter is all set to happen in Chandigarh in a bodily format, our first in 12 months,” shares Bicky Singh, who based the competition 13 years again in California, and travelled with it for the primary time to India, with the competition opening in Chandigarh in the present day.

Singh started organising the competition with an intent to share Sikh heritage and tradition with the remainder of the world, by creating consciousness concerning the work that focuses on the neighborhood.

“Sikhlens seeks work from folks in quite a lot of fields — movies, books, music and artwork and offers a platform to the artists to share this work with the world, get publicity and create consciousness about Sikhs,” says Singh, including that the ‘Vacation spot S’ program of Sikhlens offers funding and scholarship programmes to filmmakers each Sikh and non-Sikh, whose initiatives goal to deliver inspiring tales about Sikh historical past and heritage and provoke dialog on race, concord, justice, and spirituality.

This 12 months, on the competition– which might be held at Tagore Theatre, from 11 am to 8 pm– entry might be free and 24 movies from eight international locations might be screened.

The second version of the annual movie competition will embody Sikh-centric documentaries, brief movies, a kids’s phase, together with three world premieres, artwork exhibition, e book launch, poetry, talks and discussions.

Chandigarh-based filmmaker Ojaswwee Sharma of Rolling Frames Leisure, has been main the India chapter of the competition and 4 of his movies may also be screened right here, which is supported by the Chandigarh Administration and Division of Tradition Affairs, UT.

“By the competition, we hope to promote artwork, tradition and heritage and give the city’s viewers to view some off-beat cinema,” says Sharma.

Other than the world premiere of three movies — Artwork Finds Its Method, Kites: Past Boundaries, Silver Lining: The Journey of Rashpal Singh, many artists who’ve undertaken commendable work in representing Sikhism or elements of the religion and values of Sikhi, having achieved extraordinary milestones to encourage the upcoming generations with their work may also be given commendations.

The competition this 12 months additionally features a e book launch and poetry session to unfold the message of inclusivity, variety and togetherness.
‘Sikhs Serving Humanity’, by Sikhlens focuses on how Sikhs internationally have been spreading the Guru’s beliefs of langar and serving native communities by the tons of of 1000’s.

On this session, 11 Sikh organisations from everywhere in the world, who’re attempting to do their half to assist alleviate the worldwide subject of starvation brought on by the pandemic, will share their tales.

Amongst works to be screened on the competition, Traasdi Rooh (Punjabi) by Amandeep Singh, highlights the breathtaking great thing about the panorama and structure by exploring the deserted non secular websites in distant areas of Pakistan; whereas Salman Alam Khan’s ‘Knitted Beliefs’, is a tapestry of concord in Narayanpura, a neighbourhood in Karachi, the place Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs reside collectively in one of many largest multi-ethnic communities in Pakistan; and, Artwork Finds Its Method by Ojaswee Sharma charts the lifetime of Aman Singh Gulati, now extensively often known as Almond Singh, a 19-year-old micro-painter who holds the Guinness World Report for making the most important drawing by a person, and for portraits on almonds.

From a small city in Uttar Pradesh, the protagonist struggled to study artwork, in addition to receive assist from his household. In a small area, he honed the expertise that has gained him World Information. Lots of his notable almond items painting the essence of Sikhism and additionally holds the credit score for making the largest puzzle artwork of Guru Gobind Singh.

His future endeavours embody to deliver the Sikh tenets alive with the Life Travels of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Tegh Bahadur in his micro engravings on almonds.

For the six-and-a-half years the Sikhlens Digital Voice Program and the Sri Hemkunt Basis have skilled Sikh kids in film-making on the gurdwaras of California, and around the globe.

These workshops practice over 1,000 kids, from ages six onwards and have resulted within the manufacturing of over 125 shorts movies. A few of these movies might be screened as a part of the kids’s part.

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