Moments of prayer, religious discourses, vibrant bhangra and gidda, great food, backslapping conversations.
Three of Ranchi’s social outfits — Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha and Punjabi Hindu Biradari and Ranchi Club — will celebrate Baisakhi, the harvest festival and New Year that falls on April 13, each in their signature style.
But each promises to transport revellers to the land of five rivers and swaying mustard fields.
For a spiritual start to Baisakhi, Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha has invited a ragi or a religious leader from Haryana.
“Ragi Bhai Satwinder Singh will deliver his speech on April 13. Punjabi community members will assemble here and join the celebrations,” said H.B. Singh, ex-secretary of the gurdwara on Ranchi Main Road.
He added that they had also planned an elaborate community feast.
“The gurdwara langar on April 12 and the one at Gurunanak Higher Secondary School on April 13 will also be a platform to show the unity of our brethren, as everyone, irrespective of wealth and age, will be engaged in preparing the food. But next year, we will also host traditional performances of gidda and bhangra,” Singh said.
Members of Punjabi Hindu Biradari, near Main Road Overbridge, are planning to celebrate the festival with great pomp and show at Lala Lajpat Rai School, with cultural functions and a heavy Punjabi platter.
But the honours for the most happening Baisakhi bash will surely go to Ranchi Club, which is hosting Dil Bole Hadippa on April 14 from 8pm onwards.
Members — the dress code will be kept Punjabi — will match steps with Calcutta-based singer Charan Singh Channi, who has shared stage with big names Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sukhwinder and Gurdas Maan.
Wait, there’s more. Calcutta singer Tamana Ghosh and DJ Guddu as well as six-member Punjabi traditional dance troupes will also regale the members.
On the lawn, the club will erect a makeshift Punjab village, complete with people carrying paddy in bullock carts, a headman holding panchayat, women engaged in daily chores.
Moreover, the venue will sport yellow and orange colours keeping Punjab in mind.
And when it is authentic Punjab, can sumptuous food be far behind? From maa ki dal, sarson da saag, makki di roti, there’s every kind of delicacy from the traditional Punjabi kitchen, which one can wash down either with lassi or Patiala pegs.
“This is for the first time we will celebrate the festival on such a grand scale,” said Jyoti Bajaj, the chairperson of an entertainment committee of Ranchi Club. “We are trying to create an ambience of Punjab so that members originally from that state feel at home,” she added.