A young Sikh artist talks about Belief
Kiran Kaur is a young Sikh artist from northern California. In the video above, she discusses (see below)
the role that belief plays in her life as she paints a corresponding piece of artwork:
|The word, “belief”, has different connotations for each person. And for me, belief is such a beautiful word, because belief is optimism, strength, and will power. Belief allows us to be individuals in a community, celebrates diversity, and yet creates a sense of union.|
This film was also featured at the Sikhlens Sikh Arts and Film Festival in southern California last November. Read more about Kiran Kaur and her painting at the Sikh Family Center.
Kiran Kaur lives in Northern California and is currently a freshman in high school. She has always loved art; since she was a child, she has always enjoyed it. Her love of art developed working alongside her grandmother, who is also an artist. As she got older, her mediums expanded to different kinds of painting and sculpting. During the week, she takes classes from local artists to keep on expanding her horizons; this year, she has been working on portraits.
As Kiran grows, her work grows with her. Art is an outlet for her, and she plans on keeping art in her life as she finishes high school.
Outside of school and art, she enjoys playing soccer, dancing, singing in the shower, and hanging out with friends and family, just like any other teenager.
The Power of Belief by Kiran Kaur
In the video she paints a story, "The Power of Belief" and talks about belief and what it means to her. She also talks about injustice, discrimination and hatred. Turn up the volume, and enjoy.
Full transcript of The Power of Belief video
My name is Kiran Kaur. I am a Sikh. And I am also an artist. Today, I'm going to paint you a story: the Power of Belief. Belief gives me something to help me stand up, an inner strength, a helping hand through the path of life that is full of obstacles. Belief keeps me grounded and it keeps all of us, the human race, bound together, keeps us from falling apart at the seams. The word, "belief", has different connotations for each person. And for me, belief is such a beautiful word, because belief is optimism, strength, and will power. Belief allows us to be individuals in a community, celebrates diversity, and yet creates a sense of union.
As I sketch this image of a sword, the story is starting.....in art, swords usually have a positive vibe- they usually have to do with strength, and courage...and this painting is no exception. It takes courage to stick through with your beliefs, to stay true to them and to yourself. And this applies to Sikhi-- every Sikh boy or girl goes through tough times or doubts themselves, with assimilating in the Western culture, finding their identity, and just everyday struggles.
I know, I'm just a teenager, but this is my story-- I am growing up in a family where we talk about beliefs a lot. My parents have blessed me with Sikhi, but it's up to me to take advantage of that gift and use it in a positive way. My belief in Sikhi extends beyond just being born to Sikh parents. *I* believe that the Guru Ji's gave me this identity for a reason and *I* believe in the SGGS.
However, as powerful as these beliefs may be, they are constantly tested by obstacles, barriers, and distractions, if you will. These are all the things that try to chip away at our beliefs, tugging, pulling, and trying to strip us of them. Think about when we go to school, or work, or wherever we may go in the morning--there is always that chance that we'll have to face one of these obstacles during the day.
However, as horrible as this event may have been, the Sikh community responded well- when we opened up, the broader community warmly received us. People of all faiths came together, and held candlelight vigils all over the country, expressing sorrow for our loss. This is the optimism in belief. That even in the worst of situations, we can still hold hands and stand as a community.
So this is my story: the power of belief.
(Kiran Kaur © All rights reserved. Reproduced from SikhFamilyCenter.org)