Press Release

To commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, a two-day programme ‘Harsimran’ has been organized at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The festival is organised in collaboration with the North Zone, Patiala. The programme commenced with the devotional ’Shabad Kirtan’ – ‘Mere laalan ki shobha’ and ‘Koi bole ram ram’. The kirtan was beautifully presented by the ‘Kirtani Jattha – Gokul Mansarovar’. The Kirtan was melodiously performed by Bhai Gurjeet Singh, Bhai Ravindra on vocals and Arvind Pal Singh on tabla.

The event further proceeded with the theatrical play – ‘Satnaam Waheguru’. ‘Satnaam Waheguru’ is a narrative based theatrical performance enacted by ‘Abhinaya Rang Manch’ from Hisaar. The play was enacted in the form of ‘Kissagoi’ which is the oldest style of theatre. The play is based on the life and the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. Guru Nanak is known for his spiritual beliefs, which were based on love, equality, and virtue. He strongly believed that God is one and he resides in all of his creations.

The performers narrated various tales and preaching of the great poet and philosopher Bulleh Shah. They also narrated verses of the mystic poet and saint- Kabir.

The narrative was further enriched with songs like ‘Guru Nanak Dev ki Vaani’, ‘and ‘Tera tera’.  The play formed a beautiful palette of emotions and wisdom through music and dance.

The play was conceived and directed by Manish Joshi Bismil, the recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Award by Sangeet Natak Academy. The cast of the play included – Anoop, Atul, Vishal, Tejinder, Madhur, Chainis and Pradeep.

‘Harsimran’ programme for tomorrow has been cancelled at JKK due to state mourning declared by the Indian Government.

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