Haal Mureeda Da which translates to “the State of Disciples” is a series of cinemagraphs* captured by House of Singh. The series is based on Farmer’s Protest at Delhi against the Farm Bills 2020, which showcases their perpetual optimism throughout their daily chores and challenges.
While the mainstream is trying to build an ‘opulence’ narrative of our elder’s struggle and fights – we invite you to this journey, to feel how they deal with their struggles with nothing less than Chardikalah.
We urge you to look into these passionate eyes which speak beyond these “facilities”, which speak that they are actually here to thrive for their livelihood, for their rights that they deserve. Nothing less.
*Cinemagraphs is a visual art form comprising of still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip.
PS: “Haal Mureeda Da” is the phrase taken from beautiful Shabad “Mittar Pyare Nu” by the tenth master of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, recited in the Machhivara forest when the Master was separated from everyone; not everyone because the connection to the Lord remains strong as always!
ਮਿੱਤਰ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਨੂੰ ਹਾਲ ਮੁਰੀਦਾ ਦਾ ਕਹਿਣਾ ॥
ਤੁਧੁ ਬਿਨੁ ਰੋਗੁ ਰਜਾਈਆ ਦਾ ਓਢਣ ਨਾਗ ਨਿਵਾਸਾ ਦੇ ਹਹਿਣਾ ॥
ਸੂਲ ਸੁਰਾਹੀ ਖੰਜਰ ਪਿਆਲਾ ਬਿੰਗ ਕਸਾਈਆਂ ਦਾ ਸਹਿਣਾ ॥
ਯਾਰੜੇ ਦਾ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਸੱਥਰੁ ਚੰਗਾ ਭਠ ਖੇੜਿਆ ਦਾ ਰਹਿਣਾ ॥
mithr piaarae noo(n) haal mureedhaa dhaa kehinaa ॥
thudhh bin rog rajaaeeaa dhaa oudtan naag nivaasaa dhae hehinaa ॥
sool suraahee kha(n)jar piaalaa bi(n)g kasaaeeaaa(n) dhaa sehinaa ॥
yaararrae dhaa saanoo(n) saathhar cha(n)gaa bhat(h) khaerriaa dhaa rehinaa ॥
Tell the beloved friend (the Lord) the plight of his disciples.
Without You, rich blankets are a disease and the comfort of the house is like living with snakes.
…. Our water pitchers are stakes, our cups have edges like daggers.
….Like the suffering of animals at the hands of butchers.
Our Beloved Lord’s straw bed is more pleasing to us than living in costly furnace-like mansions. (Source)