Connecting Sikhs Worldwide for 25 Years
A Message From the CEO
Waheguru ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji Ki Fateh!
Over the past year at SikhNet, we have found faith and hope in our worldwide sangat. Even in these strange and challenging times, in a world where it sometimes feels like fear and uncertainty have almost become mainstays, connecting with sangat and Sikhi have guided us in our personal and work lives.
Our passion is to provide that same connection for sangat all over the world – ways to connect with Sikhi, whether it’s listening to Gurbani or sharing stories with the children – so that whatever is happening in the world, we are solid in ourselves, in our connection with Guruji and our faith.
This year is also a special time for us to celebrate our accomplishments as we celebrate SikhNet’s 25 years of service!! The impact that SikhNet has had on countless lives over these years is no small achievement, that has set the example for many others to follow and build on.
At SikhNet, we are here to be an open and positive place of inspiration and learning; to be a place of coming together in all our differences.
It is our honor to share with you some of the things SikhNet did this past year in our Annual Report. Please know, we couldn’t do any of it without you. Thank you for your ongoing support!
With much love from my family to yours,
Chief Executive Officer, SikhNet, Inc.
Please take a few moments right now to support this mission of Light by giving a portion of your Dasvandh to SikhNet. We need to raise $400,000 by the end of the year in order to fund SikhNet’s growth, and to continue serving millions of people around the world.
Wellness Webinar Series
In response to the ongoing stresses caused by the pandemic, we created a Wellness Webinar series in partnership with Taraki Wellbeing to promote wellness in a variety of ways and at all levels – mind, body and spirit.
Coping With Grief: Keys to Regaining Chardi Kalaa
Second Webinar with Amar Atma Khalsa, Board Certified Chapian
Taraki is working with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health and worked with SikhNet to develop the structure for the Wellness Webinar series and post-webinar surveys to help us better understand the needs of our communities and how we can better serve them.
It felt comforting to sit through Amar Atma Khalsa’s presentation going through the many complexities of grief in detail… provided some reassurance that I’m not alone with some of what I am personally going through.
Thank you so much for the most valuable information that is unable to purchase countless on funds. It would be fantastic to our community if this can bring all Sikhs together in the Name of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings to all.
Livestream of events and celebrations around the world in collaboration with the Sikh Community of Southern California.
Celebrating our past. Securing our future.
The first ever SikhNet Virtual Gala featured wonderfully uplifting speakers and stories sharing the history of SikhNet for the last 25 years and envisioning the future.
The Gala included a silent auction and a live auction with cool and unique Sikh related items and experiences, an opportunity to help seed the future of SikhNet through The SikhNet Forever Endowment.
Co-Hosts Reggie Rivers (Formerly a running back for the Denver Broncos) and Vishavjit Singh (Sikh Captain America) were joined by Gurumustuk Singh, Guruka Singh, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur, Dya Singh and friends of SikhNet to present a heart-warming Virtual Gala experience.
Congratulations to you and the entire Sikhnet team for the upcoming 25th Anniversary. That is a major milestone and you all deserve a huge thank you from all of us in the worldwide community that you support. I appreciate the diversity of content that you provide on your site. The current news stories, historical commentary, children’s content, resources for deeper learning, media center and of course Guru Granth Sahib related resources and so much more that helps create the energy and interest for a very wide community of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Best of 25 Years – Videos
Celebrating flashbacks and the “Best of SikhNet” over the last 25 years. Walk with us down memory lane as we revisit some of SikhNet’s most popular videos, most historic articles, and 25 years of inspiration.
SikhNet deserves the real credit for bringing the hukamnama and Sikh literary materials to millions of people which people wholeheartedly obeyed and brought into their lives.
Best of 25 Years – Articles
SikhNet features original articles from our volunteer staff of over 20 contributing writers along with daily news stories gathered from around the world by our news editors. Keep up-to-date on all things Sikh-related and enjoy in-depth journalism along with thought-provoking original essays and posts every day.
GURBANI MEDIA CENTER
The Gurbani Media Center App is SikhNet’s most used service with over 400,000 downloads and contains the largest and oldest online archive of Gurbani Kirtan in the world.
Gurbani Albums & Featured Playlists
- 51 new albums consisting of digitized old Gurbani, western style, mainstream, healing meditation, devotional, Kavishri and English Kathas for sangat (2358 total)
- 40 playlists were created for listeners to enjoy kirtan of different styles/moods. The playlists are created with Gurbani kirtan dedicated to specific Gurpurab and historic events (407 total)
- 30 new Gurbani artists (1008 total)
The homescreen of the Gurbani Media Center app has been updated to show custom curated playlists from various categories.
Now listen to Daily Hukamnama Katha from Manji Sahib, Amritsar, enjoy heart whelming keertan recordings of Harmandir Sahib Hazuri Ragis, listen to GurbaniMC editors special Gurbani playlists commemorating 400 Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and tune in to Podcasts of your choice.
Plus, enjoy content just for kids to learn how to read Gurbani with the help of ‘Sing Along’ playlists and kids’ stories playlists.
25th Anniversary Playlist
Gurbani Media Center Content Editor’s custom curated playlists dedicated to SikhNet’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The playlists were designed to include Raag, Classics, Mainstream, Western and Simran style Gurbani tracks for the sangat.
400 Prakash Purab GTB Playlist
Enjoy Gurbani Keertan in Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s bani from Guru Granth Sahib. Special playlists commemorating the 400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji.
Thank you thank you thank you… this is the best, most awesome creation, remedy for all ailments, soothing balm, truth and guide.. I have no words to express my gratitude. Thank you most humbly.. I have reconnected with my Guru..
Learning with Gurbani Media Center
Learning is a part of SikhNet and when it comes to Gurbani Media Center we have included Sehaj Paath, Santheya and Gurbani Translation playlists under the category “Gurbani Paath.” Each playlist focuses on providing the sangat easy understanding of Gurbani and how to pronounce it. We have also made available audio collections of Q&A Youtube videos of Guruka and Shanti Kaur that answer youth questions on Lifestyle, Spirituality, Relationships and more.
- Sing along Nitnem for Kids playlist specifically designed to help kids learn to recite Nitnem Paath.
- Raag based playlists collection “Gurbani Raag Keertan” having Raag Keertan sung by different Ragis using Puratan Sikh instruments.
- Amazing collection of Mainstream, Western, Classics, Raag, Devotional kirtan dedicated to 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
- New Gurbani playlists categorys including shabads that help to feel protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Top Gurbani Charts category which includes top listened Gurbani tracks, albums, artists, etc. by the listeners.
- Playlists collection “Sadhana from Solstice” with tracks dedicated to morning Sadhana
- Playlists dedicated to Holla Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib, India.
- Playlist with all Western Female Vocalists
Listen to different podcasts discussing specific sections of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Sikh talks on different topics.
- The Sikh Coach Podcast
- Sikh Meets World
- Khoj Gurbani
- Diary of a Human Warrior
- Chardi Kala
- Seek Parenting
The podcasts are related to topics like Gurbani explanation, Sikhs in politics – business – sports etc, Parenting, Live life according to Guru’s teachings,
In the app, scroll down on the home or browse screen.
Listen to Gurbani Live from Gurdwaras around the World
2021 Stability & Expansion Goals
This year our priority was to expand the engineering team and the rebuild the Gurbani Media Center website that users access from web browsers.
Goal #1: Establish Engineering Team
Over the years a lot of technical debt has been building to the point where updating our applications and deploying new services has become a large scale project.
With a set of processes and leveraging automated deployment we will be able to be agile and get feedback on bugs and issues earlier on in the process.
Hired on resources and a new CTO to provide guidance.
- Interm PT CTO Jujhar Singh to provide guidance as we deliver well architected, properly built and sustainable products and services
- FT lead developer, Manraj Singh is joined by FT developer Kiranpreet Singh focused on frontend & mobile development
- PT developer Matilde focused on backend engineering
Goal #2: New Modern Website for Gurbani Media Center
Rebuilding the Gurbani Media Center website that users access from web browsers. This accounts for the majority of SikhNet’s web traffic that accesses both on mobile and desktop browsers.
- Wireframes developed with the assistance of a design company
- Consistent and flexible design to work across desktop, tablet and mobile using a unified design language
- 75% of the backend infrastructure has been setup including the ability to render a page using configuration
- 30% of the main pages have been implemented including the Homepage and Artist pages
Downloads & Users
SIKHNET LEARNING CENTER
Nearly 11,500 students are enrolled in SikhNet Learning Center courses.
In 2021, we launched one new course and continued open enrollment in our other 4 courses where we continue to provide support to active students.
Our latest course is How to Meditate: Discover the Life Changing Power of Naam Meditation and is offered in partnership with Nanak Naam.
This course focuses on:
- Sharing Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings in a way that’s accessible to all
- Learning basic meditation techniques
- Developing a daily practice for greater peace and less stress
- How to deal with negative thoughts
Wellness Webinar Series
The Wellness Webinar Series was developed in partnership with Taraki Wellbeing and aimed at providing support during COVID times with Sikh inspired content presented by Sikh mental health and wellness professionals from around the globe.
The webinars offered were:
- How to Take care of Your Mental Health with Dr. Kuljit Bhogal
- Cultivating Self-Compassion with Poonam Dhuffer
- Coping with Grief with Amar Atma Singh Khalsa
- Reflective Mantra Art with Dr. Juss Kaur
- Ayurveda: The Science of Life with Siri Radha Kaur
- Reflective Mantra Art for Kids with Dr. Juss Kaur
total live attendees
made positive changes
sense of wellbeing
All the courses in the SikhNet Learning Center are mixed-media courses involving, reading, audio, video, quizzes and self-assessments. Students interact with each other directly as well as with the instructors through the 24/7 commenting system.
What our students are saying…
I had never attended a meditative art session before and found the first session very relaxing and unique. I loved how Dr. Juss Kaur explained about the spirituality associated with the Mantra in simple and easy-to-understand language. Meditation technique guided by Sri Radha was a beautiful experience too. Therefore, we (my daughter and I) returned to today’s session with the surety of a beautiful experience and I’m so glad we did.
I was looking since a long time for this course and to know our Guru Properly… I am Very Thankful to SikhNet team to make my dream to come true..
This course is so amazing and bringing a positive change and motivation.
SIKHNET STORIES FOR KIDS
In 2021, SikhNet produced 9 animations, 2 audio stories and 1 video book. In alignment with requests from our audience, our focus in the SikhNet Stories for Kids area is to produce more animations.
9 New Animated Stories
Animated Story Book
SikhNet and Brave Lion Books present our very first Storybook Animation!
Ajeet Singh: The Invincible Lion, is a great way for young children to learn about dealing with adversity!
Everything in the story is paralleled with a shabad by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, which is intuitively taught through the story itself!
My daughter listens to them (SikhNet stories) on our iPad for literally hours during this isolation period and it’s been a savior for me that she has something to entertain her that doesn’t make me feel guilty about. She absorbs it all and starts conversations about deep meaningful things with me because of the things these stories make her think about.
SikhNet Stories for Children Podcast
Now listen to your favorite kids stories via Podcasts. They are available on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Google Podcasts and Spotify. You can also listen on the Gurbani Media Center.
Script Writing Contest
Find out what inspired Jayant Chopra to write this story , author of Singh The Lion Chants Waheguru.
In 2019 we ran the Script Writing Contest and received many wonderful entries from around the world!
Singh The Lion Chants Waheguru, the winner in our Intermediate category, was made into an audio story this year!
All audio and animated stories are available to children using the smartphone or tablet apps. With all the new animations you can now watch videos within the app too!
The SikhNet News
Over 1 Million People from 50+ countries read the articles and news stories that SikhNet share on a regular basis.
Features original articles from our volunteer staff of over 20 contributing writers along with daily news stories gathered from around the world by our news editors. Keep up-to-date on all things Sikh-related and enjoy in-depth journalism along with thought-provoking original essays and posts every day.
I live here in the south west of England where Sikh Dharma hardly exists. Sikh Net IS my sangat and lifeline, and I value all articles, news and information relating to all things Sikhi.
Every day over 50,000+ people receive inspiration from the Daily Hukamnama from Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar, delivered via our website, on Facebook, Twitter, via email or through the Daily Hukamnama smartphone app, and even by a telephone call.
Thank you so much for Daily Hukamnama. I’m suffering from depression, but when I read this I feel god teach me. Thank you so much.
Our YouTube Channel has been one of the greatest ways we reach, inform and inspire our global sangat. SikhNet was one of the first organizations out there making videos for Sikhs across the globe. Since 2006 we have produced over 776 videos which have over 21 million views!
YouTube Award – 100,000+ Subscribers
We surpassed 100,000 subscribers this year and YouTube sent us special recognition. Gurumustuk started this channel by going around with his camera and asking people things like “Why are you a Sikh? What inspires you?” Since then, many teachers and individuals have shared their inspiring stories and wisdom with us on a variety of topics realted to Sikhi.
Nanak Naam Videos
SikhNet partnered with Nanak Naam and Satpal Singh to share inspirational videos on a variety of important topics for Sikhs.
With almost 6,300 articles on Sikhism, the Sikh people and their culture and over five million users, SikhiWiki.org remains the top research and resource site for Sikhs on the Web. Since it is a WIKI, anyone can contribute and/or edit information on SikhiWiki. Our moderator, Hari Singh oversees all SikhiWiki articles.
USERS & VISITS
VISITS BY COUNTRY
Gurbani Media Center, Daily Hukamnama & Kids’ Stories
Our passion is to be here for our worldwide sangat – 24/7/365. We’ve been here for you for 25 years! We are very excited about what the future holds for SikhNet, how we can continue to be the go-to place for connection for Sikhs around the world.
Please take a few moments right now to support the work of SikhNet. Our goal is to raise $400,000 to cover our core work for 2021. Will you join us by donating $101, or any amount you can, to support SikhNet’s seva?
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