ALLEGORY ~ A Tapestry of Nanak's Travels

A compelling need to explore and film the sites visited by Guru Nanak to keep alive faded memories

Amardeep Singh
Published on Dec 7, 2018

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ALLEGORY, a hidden message,
is a tapestry of Guru Nanak’s travels.

It will be the first documentary of its kind to chronicle the sites and narratives across nine countries visited by Guru Nanak.

In the borderless world of 15th century, people travelled distances to trade, rulers invaded to expand territories, and Nanak glided across the geographies to spread the message of humanity.

During his travels, Guru Nanak covered a large geographical tapestry, which in the 21st century, comprise of 9 nations, Pakistan, India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. To break barriers across faiths by engaging in spiritual dialogues, Guru Nanak visited numerous Islamic, Sufi and Hindu sites.

Between 15th and 16th centuries, the universal narratives of Guru Nanak’s travels were rendered only through oral traditions.

In the 17th century, the oral narratives were strengthened by documenting them in the form of books, known as Janamsakhis.

Today, in the 21st century, the Janamsakhis are forgotten and division of geographies as sovereign nations have made many of the historic sites inaccessible. Thus, there is a compelling need to explore and film the sites visited by Guru Nanak so that the faded memories can be kept alive.

ALLEGORY, which means the revelation of a hidden meaning, is a tapestry of Guru Nanak’s travels. It will be the first documentary of its kind to chronicle the vast expanse of sites across 9 countries that were visited by Guru Nanak. Through an exploration and documentation of these sites in the 21st century, interspersed with narratives of the past, the universal message of Guru Nanak will continue to glide through generations.

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