Giani Anup Singh
Giani Anup Singh Ji was born on 20th March 1940 to Mata Prem Kaur Ji and Giani Atma Ram Singh Ji in Bannu (now in Pakistan) into a Sikh family. His grand-father Baba Bhagat Jodha Ram Singh Ji, a follower of Guru Nanak who was inspired by Sant Bhagat Singh Ji, also of Bannu. He spent his childhood with his grandfather observing the Sikh way of life and understanding Gurbani. He moved to India at the age of seven after the India and Pakistan partition of 1947. He travelled with his family to Kurukshetra, where they were held temporarily in camps, where, due to severe illness, he lost his mother, sister and a brother. He survived with his grandfather, father and his sister, Sant Kaur.
The family moved to Faridabad, Haryana where they settled down. Giani Anup Singh Ji spent his life listening to and gaining substantial knowledge from his Baba Ji's Gurbani Veechar who preached to the local community.
He met Giani Sant Singh Maskeen during his Kirtan duties. Because of his previous religious background and Baba Ji's relation to Maskeen Ji, he was known as the younger brother of Maskeen Ji. He admired and respected Maskeen Ji and decided to follow him for the remainder of his life. He spent some time in India with Giani Sant Singh Ji Maskeen, going to various Gurudwaras, doing Keertan, Katha and Gurbani parchaar. He travelled to numerous villages, towns and countries to educate, enlighten and lecture the mission of Guru Nanak. He travelled to Afghanistan and Iran with Maskeen Ji and with his blessings; was able to travel to Europe, United Kingdom, to continue to spread the teachings of the Guru's.
He settled down in the UK in 1976 where he frequently invited local schools, priests from local churches, staff from hospitals, the police force and other members of the local community to visit Gurudwaras where he held meetings to understand and form a bridge between two cultures, and religions. He often gave lectures to the police academy from Hendon in Southgate Gurudwara and his visits to prisons to counsel offenders were an inspiration to all.
He passed away at his residence in West London on 10th February 2011.