Amritsar, Punjab: The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) has demanded a site for the video broadcast of daily live kirtan programme from Harmandar Sahib on the Internet and also an extension of its audio broadcast on the Internet radio from its beginning to end.
In a reminder to SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar, manch patron Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala pointed out that all Sikh shrines in the USA, Canada, UK and many other countries (included India) had set up their own websites and started dishing out video programmes just like TV.
He said programmes from Harmandar Sahib were viewed with respect and enjoyed worldwide by not only the Sikh population but also many others. These programmes were telecast daily by some private channels, which unfortunately were not available on the Internet. To view them a special and costly connection from satellite and cable companies was required.
With the availability of direct video programmes from Harmandar Sahib on the SGPC site, viewers, whether in Europe, America, Far East, Middle East, Australia or New Zealand, would be able to access them. So world over, thousand of university students could also view and listen to the Gurbani on the Internet. This would also negate the charge of marketing Gurbani, which the SGPC had to face often.
Similarly, the radio hours of Gurbani kirtan should be extended to cover the entire service i.e. from the beginning to the end daily.