100 Sikh community members from Long Island in New York joined to support Guru Nanak Documentary and raised $65,000 to support the project.
National Sikh Campaign is working with a film company, Auteur Productions, to make a one hour documentary on Guru Nanak and this will be shown on PBS TV stations all across America.
Sikh community is celebrating the 550th birth-anniversary of Guru Nanak this year. Members of all three gurdwaras of Long Island and their management committee members expressed their support for this first of its own kind initiative.
Paramjit Singh Bedi, Mohinder Singh Taneja and Dr. Avtar Singh Tinna, prominent members of the community, welcomed the audience to the event.
Dr. Rajwant Singh, Co-founder and Senior Adviser to NSC, said, “There is widespread ignorance about Guru Nanak and every Sikh has a desire to see that efforts should be to create awareness about Guru Nanak.”
He added, “Most of the Americans have no clue or have never heard Guru Nanak’s name. 550th year of Guru Nanak is the opportune year to spread his message at the global scale.”
Paramjit Singh Bedi, Former President of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara Hicksville and the one of the major organizers, said, “Sikhs all across the America are supportive of this project.
We feel that the world would benefit from Guru Nanak’s teachings and having a documentary helps to create understanding about his invaluable message. We are very excited about the success of this event. This is perhaps the first fundraiser of this kind which brought the community together.”
Mohinder Singh Taneja, National Director of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education and a community leader, said, “Guru Nanak was ahead of his times and his message of equality and tolerance is much needed. This documentary will be of tremendous value in educating so many Americans about our Great Guru. We are very thankful to the community for their support.”
Dr. Avtar Singh Tinna, member of the organizing team and a prominent member of the Long Island community, said, “Guru Nanak was a revolutionary and 500 years ago, he paved the way to establish a society based on gender equality and this message is totally unknown to many in the world. This documentary will help us to educate the world.”
Harcharan Singh Sachdev from Glen Cove Gurdwara, said, “Sikh community in Long Island has come together for this great cause and we feel that Guru Nanak’s message of serving the underprivileged will inspire generations to come. This documentary will inspire many.”
Surinder Singh Chawla, President of the Plainview Gurdwara, said, “This documentary will help our younger generation and will give them a powerful educational tool. Most teachers in the school system are unaware about Guru Nanak and it is our moral duty to spread awareness.
Other who spoke at this occasion were: Dr. Harsimran Singh Sabharwal, Dr. Satnam Kaur, Pritpal Singh, Gurinderpal Singh Josan, Mohinderpal Singh, and Varinder Pal Singh Sikka. In addition, Tarlok Singh Chugh, king of laughter, from Calgary especially came to create laughter and joy during the evening. Satbir Singh Kucha was the MC of the event.
NSC launched a major campaign to create awareness about the Great Guru and it is also engaging a reputable marketing company to start a social media campaign to reach to the younger audience besides the documentary on PBS.