SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: SHORT FILM
Battle of Chillianwala
Director/Producer: Minu Singh
On January 13th 1848, the Khalsa army sighted the British advancing towards them from the direction of the village of Chillianwala. The British led by Brigadier Pennycuick with advantage of numbers attempted to force Punjabis into the river Jhelum. The Khalsa army under General Elahi Bakhsh found the fighting in the jungle and ravines to their liking. Their snipers scattered in the brushwood and took a heavy toll on the British infantry and cavalry. Pennycuick, his son and hundreds of the enemy were killed in the most savage fighting between the Punjabis and the British. The bloody battle left 3000 British dead and victory to Sher Singh Attariwala.
Born and raised in the heart of Punjab, Minu Singh showed multiple talents at an early age which flourished throughout and beyond her educational years. In high school she won the award for best singer, actress, athlete and public speaker.
During her college years, her passion for music flourished and she won several accolades in music competitions and youth festivals, notably best singer at her university. In addition to excellence in music and arts, Minu had numerous achievements in sports – winning the Handball National Championship as captain of Punjab University.
In recognition of her achievements, Minu Singh received the highly coveted Shahede-Azam Bhagat Singh State Youth Award from the Governor of Punjab .
After coming to United Sates, she did Master in Health Administration and currently works as a health care consultant.
She also continued her passion for music and arts. Her recently released Punjabi music album was a tremendous success on iTunes. In 2008, she joined the USC Film School to learn the art of film making and won a creative media award for her documentary film in Hollywood. Minu also volunteers her time every week to inspire and teach young children of the Indian Diaspora.