Promoting Talent and Culture in Prairies(Canada): Punjabi Mela

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Promoting Talent and Culture in Prairies(Canada): Punjabi Mela

Punjabi Mela, Canada | www.desiqube.com

Punjabi Mela, Canada | www.desiqube.com




Bhangra-The showstopper | DesiQube.com

Bhangra-The showstopper | DesiQube.com

How often have you heard of the adage “You can take an Indian out of India but you can never take out India from an Indian”. The desi roots, culture and language are imbibed like veins and nerves no matter how far an Indian may be from his or her village, city, state or country.

No other community or ethnic group has been so protective, caring and sensitive about the ethno cultural values like the Punjabi community. To celebrate this uniqueness and Punjabi culture, Punjabi Mela 2011 was organized in the heart of the Canadian prairies, Saskatchewan (there’s more to Canada than Toronto & Vancouver!!!).

The Mehfil | DesiQube.com

The Mehfil | DesiQube.com

Canada, the land of maple leaf, is probably house to almost all the cultures and its a treat to see people enjoying the diversity. Its amazing to see an African enjoying Bhangra, a Spanish having fun in Sinhalese festival, an Irish humming French songs and the list goes on and on…!!
Even though the Indian diaspora in Saskatchewan is relatively small compared to other provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, the zeal ceases to fade away.

Punjabi Mela is an initiative of Punjabi Cultural Association of Saskatchewan (PCAS) to keep the roots alive, bring community to a common platform, to celebrate the values and traditions, promote Punjabi Language and culture and participate in Multicultural activities in Saskatoon. PCAS is a platform for all Punjabi speaking people irrespective of their country of origin and religion. We have members from India, Pakistan and many other countries.
According to Mr Tajinder Grewal, President of PCAS, “the show not only keeps them connected with their roots but also provides a platform to the kids who are born here to know about their culture and showcase their talent.” The show also strengthens the community as everyone contributes to it in terms of time, money and efforts.

A talented kid takes centrestage | DesiQube.com

A talented kid takes centrestage | DesiQube.com

People clapped, cheered and danced for full 3 hours as the event took them through the journey of wedding, the theme of this years show. On one hand, live musical performance, mimicry, skits and plays made the people glued to their seats while Bhangra and Giddha made the audience go berserk with joy, happiness and excitement.
The Punjabi Mela, which originated to promoted Punjabi culture and bring Punjabis together is now the most sought after event by Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankans and all Canadians alike. People who could barely pronounce ‘Punjabi Mela’ could be seen dancing to the foot-tapping Indo-pop music and enjoyed every bit of it.

'Cuteness' on Stage | DesiQube.com

'Cuteness' on Stage | DesiQube.com


Traditional 'Bhand' Act | DesiQube.com

Traditional 'Bhand' Act | DesiQube.com

The ‘almost-free’ event ($5 entry ticket!!!) has come a long way since its inception in 2004 and can only grow bigger with the large influx of Indians in the recent years. The event is a celebration and salute to the hard work of the community, the great culture, the values and life!!

Giddha-Giddha-Giddha | DesiQube.com

Giddha-Giddha-Giddha | DesiQube.com

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  1. Ani jhajj says:

    Its cool and real punjabi page

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