The Telegraph
Saturday , April 19 , 2014
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Stage set for Baisakhi bash

Come Sunday evening, Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School at Pee Pee Compound in Ranchi will turn into a mini Punjab, thanks to the efforts of All India Sikh Students’ Federation.

The federation will organise a cultural programme-cum-get-together on the occasion of Baisakhi.

Though Baisakhi was on April 14, celebrations on that day was restricted to only rituals and hosting a langar (grand feast), as the Lok Sabha polls in Ranchi were scheduled just three days later, April 17.

“The election was just a few days after Baisakhi. It would not have been possible for some of our guests to participate in the cultural programme if it was held on Monday,” said All India Sikh Students’ Federation president Tejinder Singh.

Nevertheless, the Sikh community is now gearing up to celebrate the festival with a lot of aplomb.

According to Singh, the aim of the programme is to project the culture of Punjab through songs and dances. Professional child artistes like Calcutta-based dance troupe Rhythm Ratz and Aryan Patra of Dance India Dance fame will regale the audience, he added.

Television star and local boy Preet Jyot Singh of Dance Bangla Dance fame will also share the stage with them.

“We have also planned other events such as a fancy dress show for children and a fashion show on the same evening,” said Singh.

Inspector-general M.S. Bhatia and deputy commissioner of Lohardaga district Paramjit Kaur will be the chief guest and guest of honour, respectively, on Sunday.

Baisakhi is celebrated to mark the foundation day of Khalsa Srijan and rejoice harvest. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, had founded Khalsa Panth or the Order of the Pure One on April 14, 1699.

On April 14 this year, the Sikh community here recited from Guru Granth Sahib — their holy book — and offered prayers. Bhajans and kirtans were rendered before the langar began.

Many from other communities and even political leaders, cutting across party lines, joined the celebrations. Some also took part in the langar.