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Music from the Golden Temple of Amritsar

As part of the India & Pakistan '07 season, Jameela Siddiqi profiles the temple and its music, and talks to some of the ragis who perform in it.

Every day, from four in the morning until ten at night, music drifts across the waters surrounding the most sacred shrine for Sikhs. As part of the India & Pakistan '07 season, Jameela Siddiqi profiles the temple and its music, and talks to some of the ragis who perform in it.

Recorded on location at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India, July 2007

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  • The Golden Temple at 4am

    Jameela Siddiqi is at the holiest shrine of the Sikh faith, the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

    Duration: 09:37

  • Music Played

    • Gurgandeep Singh

      Tera naam sach hai Shri Wahe Guru

      The title means 'Yours is the only true name, Wahe Guru, the One and Only'

  • The Sikh faith

    Jameela tells the history of the Sikh faith.

    Duration: 10:23

  • Music Played

    • Baldey Singh

      Mere man naam nit nit le (15.06)

      The title means 'I chant Your name all the time, again and again'

  • Ragas

    Jameela explains the form of ragas.

    Duration: 08:38

  • Music Played

    • Unknown - Unknown

  • Ragis shift end

    We hear more devotional music from the Golden Temple from a ragis.

    Duration: 06:53

  • Music Played

    • Ragi Nurenda Singh

      Sheikh Farida

  • Shift work at the Golden Temple

    Jameela talks about the shifts the Golden Temple musicians work.

    Duration: 06:49

  • Music Played

    • Ragi Bandta Singh

      Sab rama bole ram bole ri

  • Poetry and music in the Sikh faith

    Jameela talks to Bhai Sikander Singh about music in the Sikh faith.

    Duration: 02:53

  • India and Pakistan

    Jameela discusses the pain caused by the partition of India and Pakistan.

    Duration: 13:24

  • Music Played

    • Ragi Gurdev Singh

      Saachi preet hum tum sang jordi

      This song means: "I have loved only you. Even if you break away from me, I cannot break away from you. We are as one, as the peacock dances on seeing the descending rain cloud and as the songbird gazes at the moon."

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