The singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib (Gurbani) is an intrinsic part of the Sikhism. The Gurbani is recited strictly as per the specified norm and each composition is sung in a particular classical ‘raga’. Any form of appropriation of Gurbani is blatant insult to the established Sikh traditions and customs.
Popular reality shows Big Boss coming on Colors channel recently disrespected hymns of Gurbani – “Soora Sau Pehchaniye Jo Lade Deen Ke Hait”. It was highly objection; the manner in which the hymn was used and the entire set up of the show.
Taking strong cognizance of the blasphemous act, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) filed a legal notice to the makers of the show and the channel asking them to tender an unconditional apology and warn them to be extra careful in future.
This is not the first time when Sirsa has taken legal course to teach a lesson for hurting Sikh sentiments. Earlier, he had waged a long drawn battle against the makers of Bollywood flick, ‘Dishoom’, which had disrespected ‘Kirpan’, an important ‘Kakar’. Jacqueline Fernandez, lead actress of the movie was shown dancing to tunes of a particular song with a ‘Kirpan’ tied to a belt and dangling between her legs.
It is noteworthy that due to staunch and persistent efforts of Manjinder Singh Sirsa that the makers of the movie tendered an apology and agreed to reshoot the objectionable scenes.