Father-son produce awesome aerial footage of Darbar Sahib

Arjin Uppal | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 8 April 2015


This is a must-watch aerial video shooting of the Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, from a drone. The handiwork of a father-son team from Malaysia is simply majestic and moving.

Local film maker Arjin Upppal and his dad, Baldev Singh, who founded Sri Saheb Production Sdn Bhd, combined their expertise to produce the superb video.

After receiving permission from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC), they had worked out the map setup and route coding to ensure safety and observe sanctity of the Darbar Sahib.

“The main challenge was to shoot something which has never been done,” he tells Asia Samachar in an interview.

The entire video was shot with a drone – a remote controlled flier. In this case, it was a DJI Inspire 1, with a flying camera, which can fly up to 500 meters and has a transmission range of up to 4km.

The Darbar Sahib shoot was planned for 22 March but had to pushed back by two days due to the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 23.

Arjin said the aim was to shot in such a way that viewers “could actually feel as if they are themselves flying” there.

“Hence, it is important to shoot at the highest resolution possible with today’s technology,” he said.


A sevadar adjusting the cloth covering of the nishan sahib outside the Akaal Takht. - SCREEN GRAB FROM ARJIN'S AERIAL SHOOT OF DARBAR SAHIB, AMRITSAR
A sevadar adjusting the cloth covering of the nishan sahib outside the Akaal Takht. – SCREEN GRAB FROM ARJIN’S AERIAL SHOOT OF DARBAR SAHIB, AMRITSAR

The Darbar Sahib shooting were done over three flights: two from the Le Golden Hotel rooftop and another from the top of the Langar Hall building.

“We were required to fly from above so that we don’t disturb the crowd or  block areas surrounding us during the shot,” he said.

All throught, SGPC information staff had accompanied Arjin and his team.

Arjin at work in the air
Arjin at work in the air

On Vaisakhi day, Arjin plans to release the aerial video of Sri Anandpur Sahib, the birth place of the Khalsa.

This was their second go at Anandpur Sahib, this time armed with superior technology and encouraged by good weather. In 2014, they had their maiden shoot at Anandpur Sahib when producing the Vaisakhi programme for RTM2, a Malaysian television channel.

Sri Saheb has been producing Vaisakhi videos for the national television station since 1994.

“The Vaisakhi show is our contribution to the community. We try to keep the culture alive together, reaching out to them religious messages,” said Arjin. “I will try my best to use my spare time always to make this kind of small videos for this beautiful world.”




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