The Story Of The Sikhs

‘an artful weaving of  philosophy, history, spirituality, and music’

Artwork from a manuscript of the Guru Granth Sahib, circa 1840. Digitized by the Panjab Digital Library; from the collection of the Chief Khalsa Diwan.

The power of storytelling meets the colorful history of the Sikh faith in the Story of the Sikhs, a new podcast. Season One, which consists of ten episodes, starts with the coming of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru and ends with the martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the fifth.

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The Story of the Sikhs is a tour de force that helps us re-imagine the lives of the Sikh Gurus through rich narrative that will appeal to a wide audience.  One is immediately struck by the nuanced portrayal of the stories that are part of a genre called 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.  – Dr. Harpreet Singh, Harvard University

The Story Of The Sikhs  is a thaal of word and sound, rich in description and sweet in tone.  The writing and narration 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.  – Dr. Michael Hawley, Mount Royal University, Calgary