After three days of food, music and cultural events, curtains came down today on this year’s Baisakhi Mela, which celebrated with élan the cultural heritage and legacy of Punjab.
Popular Punjabi singer-actors Hardy Sandhu and Ami Virk regaled the audience on the final day of the festival where nine well-known Punjabi singers performed over three days.
The festival was presented by Punjabi Academy and Department of Art, Culture & languages, Government of Delhi to mark the beginning of the Punjabi New Year with Baisakhi.
In a setting that replicated a typical vibrant Punjabi village, the Mela put different facets of Punjabi life on display. The best exotic food from Punjab was accompanied by the most authentic arts and artefacts such as Phulkari, Nale Parande, Bangles, inlaid wooden Furniture & Punjabi Juttis. The Festival is also enriched with beautiful cultural programmes such as Gatka, Bazigar, Dhadi, Naqal, Gidha, been, algoza dhol and Bhangra.
Other singers who performed at the festival were Harshdeep, Vatsala Mehra, Master Saleem and Shipra Goyal.
“We are delighted by the response people of Delhi have shown by flocking to the festival. If you live in Delhi, you live in the midst of a thriving Punjabi community. The Punjabi food and culture is bound to touch you in many ways. However, the urban shift of Delhi means we never get a glimpse of a true Punjabi setting, which is ethnic in every way. Punjabi culture is a rich tradition and this annual Festival is a vehicle that gives us an opportunity to present these beautiful forms of Punjabi Art and Culture,” says Secretary, Art, Culture & Languages, Government of Delhi.
“Punjab is a land of rich cultural heritage. Through the Baisakhi Festival, we try to re-create every aspect of Punjabi life in a traditional setting of a Punjabi Mela where the traditional artefacts of Punjab are displayed and sold. The Phulkari, the Punjabi juttis, the wooden furniture designs are hardly ever seen in our everyday urban lives and the Baisakhi Festival is the place where you can find them. Besides, several well-known singers of different genres also came together to present the wide and versatile facets of Punjabi music, be it the soulful Sufi music that talks about the sufi saints of Punjab, or the foot tapping bhangra, pop music,” says Mr. Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.
About Punjabi Academy
Delhi after independence emerged as a cosmopolitan city of diverse cultures and languages. It has always been the endeavour of the Delhi Govt. to provide all possible facilities for the development and promotion of different languages and projection of the composite culture of Delhi. Thus, the Delhi Govt. established the Punjabi Academy in September, 1981 to propagate and promote Punjabi language, literature and culture as an integral part of composite culture of Delhi.
Ever since its inception, the Academy has been playing a catalytic role in the propagation of Punjabi literary and cultural activities, in the spheres of music, folk dances, seminars, symposia, short story, poetry, novel, literary criticism, drama etc. where it has assumed a significant role and status of the premier organization in the field of Punjabi culture.