KAUR tells the story of a young Sikh girl, Saibhang Kaur, who loves science but feels the social pressure that “girls don’t belong in science club.” Not sure what to do about her dreams, Saibhang Kaur thinks about giving up.
But when Saibhang’s grandmother tells her the true story of the 18th century Sikh warrior princess Mai Bhago, Saibhang discovers her courage.
Mata Bhag Kaur is an inspiration for girls of every faith of how courage and bravery made her lead the 40 Mukte to a battle where there cycles of life and death were ended as they gained salvation.
The purpose of the animation is to help inspire young Sikh girls, so they can know their heritage and understand the empowerment the Gurus gave to women.
However, in today’s day and age, Mai Bhago is a role model to inspire young girls everywhere.
By launching the animation in conjunction with International Women’s Day, we hope that we can jump the story of Mai Bhago to the general media, and educate the wider public about the unique values of the Sikh identity.
Mai Bhago is the perfect person for today’s times – a lone woman warrior who rallied 40 men, to face an army over 10,000 strong. She led a small band of fighters who defended the freedom and equality that Guru Gobind Singh’s reign represented.
If we connect that Moghul army with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East today, and talk about Guru Gobind Singh and Mai Bhago as defenders of basic human freedoms, we have a chance to make a positive association in the media with Sikhs and turbans.