Naam Ras 2014: Spiritual Sikh event draws more non-Sikhs

Held at the Singapore Expo Hall from Dec 25 to 28, Naam Ras Kirtan Darbar 2014 brought thousands of people from Singapore and the region to an uplifting experience of blissful kirtan (Sikh traditional music and singing), selfless service, insightful awareness and a delectable spread of vegetarian Punjabi food.

Particpants of the biennial event were inspired by the level of selfless service and commitment that members of the congregation displayed as people from all walks of life contributed to the event in their own ways - serving water, manning the shoe counter and ushering, among others.

This year, Naam Ras also saw more non-Sikhs attend the event over the four days as it reached out to leaders and representatives of other faiths and ethnic groups in Singapore. Guests participated in a guided exhibition of Sikh history and heritage as well as a discussion aimed at providing awareness of Sikh values and traditions. Through these channels, Naam Ras displayed the central position that religious and racial understanding and respect play in the ethos and philosophy of Sikhs here, strengthening the community's bonds within Singapore's social fabric.

"The Naam Ras Kirtan Darbar was really a learning journey on the Sikh culture and how they practise (their faith)," said Mr Jalaludin Peer Mohamed, secretary of the Radin Mas Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle.

Malminderjit Singh

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