Feature Article in
Saturday 12 July 2003
by Greg Biuim, Journal Staff Writer.
Concert launches Guru Nanak Healing Garden
Sikh Organisation funding major Alberta Project
A concert by Australian World Music artist Dya Singh at the
prestigious Winspear Arts Centre launches the fundraising campaign for the Guru Nank Healing Garden this
Sunday in Edmonton, Canada.
"When the Alberta Heart Institute opens in 2005, its patients
will be the first in the province to experience one of the
newest innovations in modern care: the healing
No drab waiting room, this. Plants, running water and natural
light will dominate the institute's top two floors. The five
story facility will rise on top of the
University of Alberta Hospital's one-story emergency department.
"Life is full of energy and people who are healing need a space thats
not static, thats filled with movement" said Teja Singh,
Canadian president of the Guru Nanak Shrine
Fellowship, the organisation spearheading the project.
Most of the garden - with a space to walk and sit in a serene
imitation of nature - will be built on the fourth floor. A
balcony will overlook the scene. Natural light
will pour in from an atrium. In all 25 percent of each floor will be
devoted to the indoor garden, the first of its kind in Canada, Singh
"We're really just in the early stages of planning" said Sue
McCoy, associate director of the Alberta Heart Institute
Construction of the world class cardiovascular institute is
to begin in the fall. After an initial meeting with Mohinder
Datta, a San Francisco architect who will be
helping with the design, there was even talk of stocking the garden
with birds and fish. "That seems problematic" McCoy said, adding
that any live things in the garden must be set behind glass. Even the sreams must be enclosed.
Datta suggested using multimedia exhibits, with images of
nature shifting to reflect different times of the day. Smells
may even be generated.
The garden is named after the first Sikh guru or spiritual
tecaher, Nanak Dev. The international organisation named
after him regularly supports religious and
humanitarian causes worldwide. This is their first large-scale
project in Canada and they've pledged to raise the entire cost of the
garden over the next five years.
Their first fundraiser is at the Winspear Centre, Edmonton on
Sunday with a performance by the Australian world music singer Dya Singh.
" This is our country. This is our home now" said Teja Singh,
referring to the thousands of Sikhs in Canada." We wanted to do something here to leave a permenant
Greg Biuim: gbiuim@the journal.canwest.com
For more information or how to support this project please
Guru Nanak Shrine Fellowship:
Jagdeep Shipra 780 438 3596 Dr Teja Singh 780 434