A commentary on NKP Int’l’s recent film
and the Director of “The Fall and Rise
by K.P. Singh
NAVRAAZ FILMS OFFER
A WINDOW TO OUR HUMANITY
I have seen the last four short documentaries:
"Baba 5465", "Fall and Rise of Uri",
"Soul", and "God" produced by
Navraaz Kaur Productions, Inc. with a critical eye
of an artist and one concerned with matters of faith
and human suffering anywhere.
I am encouraged and deeply moved to know and see
in Navraaz a powerful emerging voice, much like
Amrita Pritam, the venerated nightingale of India
and a gifted poet with a deep and senitive soul,
for the plight of the weak, dispossessed, disadvantaged,
forgotten, ignored, and those suffering incredible
hardships caused by man or nature. I see in Navraaz,
the work of humanitarian and saint Bhagat Puran
Singh being taken to other dimensions and placing
before us other areas of human suffering.
We see a social conscience; a gentle spokesperson
through her media for the plight of those who need
a voice and a reminder to jolt us out of our indifference
to others on our life-journey. She tells a story
and brings it home for us to ponder. In Navraaz's
creative work: words, music, song, visual images,
a deep sense of human moral responsibility and accountability
We admire her raising the social problems in the
Indian continent as courageous and timely and that
has a resonance of similar problems everywhere.
In the pursuit of her stories, she is travelling
far and sacrificing much to give us a sense of how
deeply she feels for others. Her production company,
Navraz Kaur Production Inc, may be young but it
is already producing quality documentary films and
having impact on select audiences in India, U.S.A.,
and other places.
Navraaz is making us all aware that in this time
of such abundance and promise, collosal waste and
unreasonable selfishness on the part of few at the
expense of so many deserves a call to immediate
attention and actions.
We must end the incredible suffering of our fellow
human beings. Navraaz through her films, which she
not only directs and produces, but often writes
and plays many diverse roles as a narrrator, singer,
musician, and educator, seems to do that without
preaching, with great sensitivity and respect for
her subject and the social issue that she is trying
to tackle. She places a human face or condition
before us which is hard to ignore or dismiss. She
makes us see a slice of human suffering and triumphs
as about us and deserving our concern and humanity.
Her pursuit echoes a seasoned soul, her work a window
to our humanity.
Then, I am not surprised. she is the talented daughter
of Thakar Singh Basati, a community pillar in the
Chicagoland, a sevak of the Sutguru, a leader with
a vision and sight towards the future of the next
generation. The spirit of Navraaz is guided by the
Light of her Sikh faith, the spirit of the soil
of the Punjab, the "Cultural and Spiritual
Crossroads of India," and by her upbringing
in the United States.
I can imagine her going far with her creative media
and because of the rich composite of her personal,
cultural and spiritual make-up tempered by her family
and faith, and her sense of humanity. Navraaz is
another promising pioneer among the daring trailblazers
at what I call the "Global Holla Mohalla"
and competing and excelling in the new unimagined
creative endeavors in arts, science, space explorations,
and innovations that are right for our times, our
I join her many admirers in wishing her great success
and look forward to her getting the major national
and international breakthroughs that her work deserves.
I am certain that it will happen in time. We will
be following and celebrating her achievements in
the years ahead. We thank her for spotlighting an
extraordinary cause that touches all humanity in
many distinct and profound ways. With her multi-faced
gifts and multi-textured cultural and spiritual
foundation, we may seeing the ememrgence of a star
within and outside her chosen profession.
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
July 31, 2006