Punjab Research Group

The Prisoner’s Song by Michael Singh

Posted in Film by Pippa on November 8, 2009

prisoners song“Best Film” at the Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto 2009

The Prisoner’s Song, a 20-min documentary directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Michael Singh, was selected Best Film at seventh Spinning Wheel Film Festival that concluded in Toronto on September 27. The Film Festival & Art Expo screened 27 films out of a total of 145 that were considered for inclusion in this year’s festival over the course of three days. Notably, Michael Singh received his first break at the inaugural Spinning Wheel in Toronto in 2003.

The Prisoner’s Song

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Doctoral scholarships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on November 7, 2009

The Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Bochum University, Germany, announces 6 doctoral scholarships in the field of religion and migration from January 1st, 2010.

For further information please see the attached advertisement. Research Group Announcement

Punjab’s migrants take less home By Geeta Pandey, BBC

Posted in Articles, Migration, News/Information by Pippa on December 18, 2008

BBC News, Jalandhar, Punjab state
Pyara Singh is on his annual visit home from Hamburg, Germany, where he works as a cook in a pizzeria.
He has been away for 14 years, but his parents, wife and two children live in Giljian, a village in the Jalandhar district of India’s northern state of Punjab.
“I have two acres of land, but that isn’t enough to support the whole family. So I migrated to Germany. As a cook, I make six euros ($8) an hour,” he says.
Pyara Singh now only gets four or five hours of work a day
Mr Singh lives cheaply – he shares a small apartment with several other workers from Punjab and eats frugally, which allows him to save most of his earnings.
His annual visits are eagerly looked forward to by his family – when he comes, he brings his year’s savings, which help the family live more comfortably for the rest of the year.
His savings have helped the family build a new two-storey house where he sits and chats now. With several bedrooms, a drawing room, a lounge and a courtyard, the house is spacious and accommodating.
But Mr Singh is a worried man now – the economic recession in Germany has made the going tough for him.
To read the full article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7780040.stm

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