‘Story of the Sikhs’ podcast blends Sikh storytelling in English with sacred music

New podcast series shares the colourful history of the Sikh faith in 10 episodes

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The Nine Odes in Gurbani – Illustration photo from Punjab Digital Library

A new podcast series, blending storytelling with Sikh sacred music and the classical music of the Indian subcontinent, is now available free for listeners.

The Story of the Sikhs deploys the power of storytelling to share the colourful history of the Sikh faith in 10 episodes.

The podcast series, made available by multimedia publishing company Almast Media, was launched on 15 February 2018 at an event organised by a Sikh student group at Northeastern University in Boston.

Almast Media is a multimedia publishing company dedicated to telling forgotten stories. In 2014, it developed Kultar’s Mime, a play about the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs in Delhi which had reached global audiences in US, India, Canada, England, Scotland and Malaysia.

The Story of the Sikhs endeavours to create awareness about Sikhism, the youngest world religion, which is not very well understood, particularly in the West.

“The Story of the Sikhs is a tour de force that helps us reimagine the lives of the Sikh Gurus through rich narrative that will appeal to a wide audience,” said Dr. Harpreet Singh from Harvard University in a quote promoting the podcast series.

“One is immediately struck by the nuanced portrayal of the stories that are part of a genre called the Janamsakhi and also the social milieu in which they are situated. By weaving a multi-dimensional tapestry of narrative and music, the podcast recreates a historical past that has much relevance to both our present and future.”

In the words Dr. Michael Hawley of Mount Royal University, Calgary, “The writing and narration in The Story of the Sikhs are enticing, bringing life and feeling to ‘the story’s players’. The pace of the narration is deliberate, allowing the listener to not only follow the narrative, but to connect emotionally to the tale. There is a good balance in the story – it speaks to older and younger audiences, as well as to Sikh and non-Sikh audiences.”

The podcast can be accessed on Itunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean and various other directories. To listen, go here.

 

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