A WALK WITH GURU NANAK
Guru Nanak Dev Ji over the period of 24 years had embarked on four spiritual journeys to deliver the message of peace, love, and compassion to humanity with his companion Bhai Mardana. The aim of his sacred mission was to educate the masses residing in all four directions of the Indian Subcontinent and other countries. He traveled far to restore humanity in the midst of amplifying ignorance and worldly attachments.
The visual artist duo of Thukral and Tagra in collaboration with The Kalgidhar Society, Baru Sahib brings to you two interactive, informative, and insightful Games “A walk with Guru Nanak” and “Nanak’s Vision” for individuals of all age groups. The games are an initiative to educate the masses through Guru Nanak’s parables of the sacred mission to restore humanity.
The board game “A walk with Guru Nanak” is a 4 player game. The game is played by rolling the dice. The backward/ forward movement in the game is determined by a Bane (-points) / Boon (+ points) respectively. The instructions on the board are written next to each milestone. There are 24 milestones that are synonymous with the places/ locations like Bidar, Sialkot, Somnath (cities/ countries), etc that Guru Nanak had visited and blessed the people with his teachings.
The game is also divided into 4 Udasis (4 phases) that are further divided into 6 Sakhis each. The players finish their game after reaching the 24th Milestone. On the other hand, the card game (Nanak’s Vision) lets an individual read through the stories (Sakhis) associated with the 24 locations. Use the red viewfinder to read through the 24 illustrations on the cards by the artists Thukral and Tagra.
These two games were initially installed as a 40×40 ft installation to commemorate Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary. The Kalgidhar Society had organized a two-day annual Sant Samagam in memory of Sant Attar Singh Ji Mastuana Wale at Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi from 8-9 February 2020. Afterward, it was installed at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab on the occasion of Hola Mohalla. Both the exhibitions were collectively witnessed by approx. 5000 people.
**Both the games have been prepared for the sole intention of educational purposes. These excerpts about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s spiritual journeys (Udasis) have been taken from the book ‘Sikh Faith – An Epitome of Inter-faith for Divine Realisation’ written by Baba Iqbal Singh Ji and published by The Kalgidhar Society, Baru Sahib, and various other resources. Guru Ji’s messages to mankind have been humbly translated into an illustrated format with an artistic point of view. There is no intention to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion.
Thukral and Tagra work collaboratively with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance, and design. Their practice is synonymous with the surreal representation of the subconscious and escapes that blur boundaries between reality and imagination. The practice also embarks on new formats of public engagement that attempts to expand the scope of what art can do. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multi-modal sensory and immersive environments.
The Kalgidhar Society – Baru Sahib is a non-profit charitable organization focussed on providing quality education to fight against the alarming rise in drugs and alcohol abuse. With equal stress on Healthcare, Women Empowerment, and Social Welfare, the organization has been instrumental in the socio-economic uplift of the poor in the far-flung rural areas of North India.
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