The Life of Guru Nanak (Animated Stories)

Today someone forwarded me a link to a cool video which appears to be clay animation. This is the first animated video I have seen telling stories related to Guru Nanak (or any Guru for that matter). I am familiar with all the stories, but there was something nice about seeing it visually in the animation. [photopress:world_religions_1.jpg,full,alignright]I always hear about controversy of making a movie/animation about the Sikh Gurus. In my opinion I think it can be a great way to educate the youth about Sikhi. In this age of multi-media it is helpful to have these types of means for teaching children. As with anything…there is always room for mistakes, but with the right intentions and effort I think the positive benefits far outweigh any negative.

After a bit of searching around I found out that this animation is just part of a DVD on most of the major world religions. The DVD is titled "Religions of the World: Our World Faiths Animated". It is for sale on Amazon.com and other retailers. If you have a Netflix video rental account you can rent it too (I just added it to my rental queue).

"Illustrating brilliant renditions of different faiths and cultures around the world, this highly acclaimed animated series from the BBC captures the essence and basic tenets of eight religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Confucianism. Each 15-minute segment (Buddhism and Hinduism are 30 minutes each) offers easy-to-grasp stories through soothing characters, pleasant and culturally significant music, and a mixture of cel animation, paintings, and Claymation. Though appropriate for all ages, this artistically valid series is a great way to capture the interest and enthusiasm of younger students. Grades 3 and up. Color. Total time: 150 minutes"

So, have a watch of the section on Guru Nanak and if you enjoy it get a copy of the DVD to learn more about all the other religions. My son Narayan enjoyed it. He knew must of the stories but loved watching it visually.

31 Responses to “The Life of Guru Nanak (Animated Stories)”

  1. Sarabjit Singh says:

    great video; no surprises that it is a success with the kids!

    on a lighter note – while Guru Nanak Dev Ji leads his entire life across the video, the ‘untouchable’ lady and her daughter don’t seem to get even a day older :)

  2. Singh says:

    wahe guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru ji ki fateh!

    I luv my god!

    wahe guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru ji ki fateh!

  3. Gurdeep (United Kingdom) says:

    Yes I agree that’s a cool thing. I reckon someone should make something about Sikh women because we have a real rich heritage but most girls like I was are unaware of this.

  4. Prabhu Singh says:

    It’s really a beautiful video and I would have loved it as a child. I really hope to have it for my children. WaheGuru!

  5. A.K.Sandhu says:

    I agree with Sarabjit singh hehehe the lady and her child does not get a day older. heheehe

  6. Jatinder Pal Singh says:

    WJKK
    WJKF

    This really is a marvellous creation and an honest attempt to take the message of Guru Nanak to the younger generations.

    But this is what happens when we Sikhs will not turn to multimedia to propogate the message og our great Gurus. Their is great misrepresentation in this movie as far as Guru Nanak, Bebe Nanaki & other characters are concerned. But we can’t blame the creators for this as we ourselves have turned our back to this media and if some non-sikh will make such movies, the misrepresentaion is bound to be there.

    First of all, Guru Nanak has been shown with shorned hair & clean-shavened even when he is well into his twenties, which is far from true as he himself had insturcted Mardana in thier childhood to keep unshorned hair. Moreover, it has always been tradition in India & for that matter even in Europe to keep long hair & uncut facial hair.This misrepresentaion may have adverse effect on young mnds & they may consider that they can continue as Sikhs without ‘Bana’.

    Secondly, Bebe Nanaki has been shown wearing sari while traditional dress of punjab has always been ‘Salwar Kamiz’

    Thirdly, we Sikhs have been opposing the idea of movies being made on Sikh Gurus with actors playing their parts, as we belive that nobody can be as pure & great as the Gurus to represent them on screen. Animation has provided us a way out & we can use this to great extent but I personally feel that we should use “Narration Technique” rather than using somebody as ‘Voice’ of Gurus.

    Kindly share your thoughts on this.

    Thanks,
    Jatinder Pal Singh

    • Pritpal says:

      Bhai Sahib,

      Where did guru Nanak instruct anybody on keeping unshorn hair? What sakhi/pothi or documentation is this in?

      I believe that untill his days as a missionary, after his hukam from God which happened at the age of 33 that Guru Nanak did not adopt the tenets of Yogis and Siddhas in keeping his hair unshorn. Guru Nanak as a young man looked much different than young Sikhs today. Guru Nanak had never heard of the 5Ks of the khalsa. Infact this animation is probably more accurate than depicting him with a patka or something. There is no evidence that Guru Nanak wore a Guta on his head untill he became a Guru after his encounter with GOD

      Unshorn hair is only a dictum as per the instructions of Guru Gobind Singh for the khalsa. Or else no follower of any religion except modern interpretations of khalsa based sikhi would achieve favor with GOD

      • JaspalS.S. says:

        i think guru nanak kept long hair b/c that was natural state for him, just being the way god made him(perfect) without changing anything about himself including growth of his hair…later it became dictum for all khalsa. why do sikh keep long hair but cut their nails? aren't they both samething? natural growth…any1 know let know please

        • amrit says:

          asi nails nai cut karde veerji .. asi sirf nails da dead part cut karde haan … like .. asi jad kanga ferde haan te dead hair nikalde han … kanga v asi apna sir saaf karan lyi ferde haan ove hi sanu nails hor puri tarah saaf suthra rehna chahida hai … :)

  7. >>>Animation has provided us a way out & we can use this to great extent but I personally feel that we should use “Narration Technique” rather than using somebody as ‘Voice’ of Gurus.

  8. bahadur singh says:

    I’m 8 and i think the animation was fantastic.I didn’t learn anything new but it made it easier to understand.

  9. Jatinder Sahi says:

    Hi i’m Jatinder Sahi from Calgary.I liked your site.Animation was excellent.I have some interest in learning more about my religion.And your site made it easier for me.thanxxxxxxxxxx.

  10. Mukhtiar Singh says:

    From the earlier comments, there seems to be a consensus, and I totally agree that using multimedia and animation is the best technique for Sikhs. However, I believe that voices of ‘Gurus’ would be more effective than narration, especially, it’s effect on young children. Voices are not visible but off course, they should be subject to screen tests and the best should be used.

  11. Ruby Kaur Gill says:

    wahe guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru ji ki fateh!
    Me n hemzz r here checking the web itz slick n it rocks sikhzzz rule Luv Ruby x

    P.s Henna n hemzz n Rubzz W.e.c 07
    2 All ma sikhs wahe guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru ji ki fateh! n sfe

  12. Baljinder Singh says:

    it is a wonderfull movie :) keep the good work up!!!

  13. Jag Singh says:

    absolutely phenomenal

  14. Manjit kaur Jheeta says:

    Congratulations to those who produced this animation.  We need more of these- children will love this but even adults will benefit from this visual experience.  May Guru Nanak guide you and your team to the path of truth .  You are indeed blessed to have done such a good job .
    Dhan Guru Nanak
    Manjit – Scotland

  15. Ruby n Ja$$o says:

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  16. hi
    to creation a animation of Guru’s very wrong , Pls Stop this.

  17. Gurbinder Singh says:

    According to the Hukumnama Sahib of (Sri Akal Takhat Sahib) from Amritsar,that any person not show the appereance ( Animated Character ) or background voice of sikh Gurus (Under 1 to 10). That should be against the Sikh Religion Rules. And if u not follow the rules of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib then you should be offence for that.

    So,you should immidately stop saling of DVD,CD etc. And if you not take your step back then we should take a serious step against you and your Company.So be ready for that.

    At last very pressurefully appealing you to obey the rules of SikhReligion.Otherwise u should pay for that.

    Gurbinder Singh Manochahal

    • Pritpal says:

      Rules of Sikhism?

      Verily ALL The rules of Sikhism are found in the Guru Granth Sahib and the Rehat Maryada alone. Everything else is the rules of People. Amritdhari people maybe…but only people.

      Threatening people is not very becoming.

    • Gursharn Singh says:

      The things you have just said are foolish, these are what Guru Nanak didnt want..rules? you think Guru Nanak would dissapprove of a cartoon? you are crazy and all the other babay making these rules. Sikhi needs to flourish our youth and childern are moving to the wrong direction, the christians have made movies on jesus, same with the hindus and they are very knowledgable the average man knows about his religion, but the average non amritdhari sikh these days does not know much because people today learn from media. This Cartoon is an amazing way to educate and bring people toward our beautiful religion nothing else matters. If you dont like it then stay quiet.

  18. Very Good Comment From Gurbinder Singh:-
    (According to the Hukumnama Sahib of (Sri Akal Takhat Sahib) from Amritsar,that any person not show the appereance ( Animated Character ) or background voice of sikh Gurus (Under 1 to 10). That should be against the Sikh Religion Rules. And if u not follow the rules of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib then you should be offence for that.
    So,you should immidately stop saling of DVD,CD etc. And if you not take your step back then we should take a serious step against you and your Company.So be ready for that.
    At last very pressurefully appealing you to obey the rules of SikhReligion.Otherwise u should pay for that.)

  19. This video was part of 12 different video animations produced for television in the UK as part of an educational series on the different major world religions. It’s sole purpose is very positive; to educate about various religions.

    This was not made by any Sikhs as far as I know. People can complain and cite akal takhat hukamnama, but if we as Sikhs don’t create our own educational media to educate about Sikhi, then other people will do it their own way.

    I am not personally involved with this DVD, so if you wish to make a complaint you should do so by finding the producers and directing it there. I am merely sharing what I found since it is not common to see this type of animation telling stories of the Gurus.

  20. I am an RE teacher, and have used the complete series of animated stories with students aged 12 to 14 in the past. I am about to teach one lesson on the teaching of equality found in Sikhism, and do not have this DVD at my present school. I really wanted to show the section where Guru Nanak goes in the river and learns that there is no Hindu, no Muslim, only one God. I am delighted to find the story here; I know my students will love the animation and I hope they are as inspired as I was the first time I watched this animation.

    I do appreciate the views expressed by some on here that the Gurus should not be animated or voiced. You may be interested to know that on the DVD the story about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, is told by someone else, and the Prophet is never seen. You may wish to write to the organisation that made the DVD to express your view that the Muslim belief about not showing the Prophet Muhammad applies equally to not showing the Gurus. However, I can assure you that this DVD only ever brings greater knowledge and understanding to non-Sikh students. It is used respectfully in RE lessons and is insightful.

    Once again, thank you MrSikhNet for sharing this – it has really helped me during the slightly stressful time of exam preparation as well as lesson planning! – and for this website!

    Regards.

  21. Avneet says:

    When they show Guru Nanak Dev Ji touching the baby’s head (who was untouchable) you yourself get lost in those pleasant eyes, until the father pulls Guru Nanak Dev Ji away. Amazing video! absolutely love it!

  22. HARJEET SINGH says:

    I am a computer instructor at lawerance school mohali. I have very good experience in making Gursikh Quiz ppt. presantations. I really like your appreciate your views.It is really a great effort may Waheguru always be helpful in your pure efforts…..(Baramull Kashmirwale)

  23. Jyoti Kaur says:

    Thanks for Mr sikhnet for bringing this to light. I am pleased to find such a DVD exists and I will certainly get hold of a copy.

    As a mother, I feel this is such an important issue to educate people through such media, particularly in this age when children have so much other stimulii around them. Children respond more to an animated film format and this will certainly help to create their awareness of what the Guru’s message was. It is a real shame that the Akal Takhat Commitee fail to see the positive things this will bring. They need to come into the 21st Century and allow the use of such media to bring to light the Guru’s message. I am speaking on behalf of a lot of women in London who feel this way. It is a way of passing the Guru’s teachings to not only the next Generation of Sikhs, but it will also educate us, as well as the wider humanity. After all, Guru Nanak’s message is a univeral message for all of humanity and not for a select minority. Jyoti

  24. YKHATRI says:

    MR JASPINDER PAL SINGH JI ,
    I RESPECT YOUR RELIGION & GOD BUT NIETHER U OR MYSELF WERE PRESENT AT THAT TIME. SO WE ARE NOT THE RIGHT PERSON TO COMMENT ON THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS I THINK INSTED OF APPRECIATING YOU ARE COMMENTING ON HAIR AND THE DRESSING SENSE INSTEAD OF THOUGHTS TAUGHT BY THE GURUS .
    I HOPE U THINK ONCE MORE BEFORE GIVING COMENT ON SMEONE HARD WORK OR CREATE ONE FROM YOUR OWN AND SHOW HOW SMART U R.

    SECONDLY WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE PATH OF GOD PEACEFULLY , WEATHER IT IS TAUGHT ANIMATED OR BY ANY OTHER METHOD. IT SHOULD BE CLEAR AND PURE . I AM NOT AGREE WITH THE RULES MADE BY HUMAN BEINGS WHICH THEY ARE ON HOLY BOOKS AND SHOWS EGONESS.
    I LOVE THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS ANIMATED MOVIE ATLEAST HE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB TO SPREAD TEACHING OF GOD .

    YK

  25. navneet gill says:

    love my waheguru,,

  26. jaswant singh says:

    hey ,this is not good…..sobha singh ne vi maafi mang layee si aapne aakreee time ch…………………….kal nu je koi aapni marji naal animation banaana shuru kar dawega..kis kis nu rokoge ?????…..
    .
    .ki puraatan sikh animation film dekhde san ??? shabd saada guru hai ,akaal di pooja karni hai……..animations banaania han te sikh soldiers te banao…….sikh gurus te nahi