From workshops on the Punjabi thread-art of Phulkari to understanding the nitty–gritties of Gidda and Bhangra (the traditional Punjabi dance forms), or going on a Gurudwara-walk followed by langar (shared community meal), the city has much lined up this Baisakhi. Whether you prefer listening to soulful music by sufi singers or doing the Bhangra to the beats of the dhol with folk dancers from Punjab, take your pick from the various Baisakhi celebrations taking place in the city today. Don’t forget to savour the desi delights like sarson ka saag and lassi served at the melas.
Punjabiyan Di Shaan
This three day mela features desi delicacies like makki di roti and sarson ka saag, stalls selling traditional arts like Phulkari dupattas, juttis and parandis. Live acts of Gatka (Punjabi Martial art), Gidda and Bhangra will bring alive the spirit of Punjab during the day. The evenings will see Sufi and Punjabi folk performances by Nooran sisters, Wadali Brothers, Satinder Sartaj, Parmjit Sidhu and Debi Maksoodpuri from 6.30pm onwards. Pakistani singer Arif Lohar is also expected to perform today at the event organised by Punjabi Academy.
When: April 12 – 14
Time: 11.30am to 10pm
Entry: Passes available at Punjabi Academy, Community Centre, Motia Khan, Pahar Ganj
Where: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1, CV Mess, Janpath
Punjabi folk and Sufi Night
If you thought that sufi music is only serious soulful stuff, you are in for a surprise, as singer Madan Gopal Singh and his Chaar Yaar brighten up the evening. The line up includes Bulleh Shah’s Thaiya Thaiya, Shah Hussain’s Jeti Jeti duniya, and the fun-filled Buddha Bhangra — a song about the oldies being intoxicated with dance. After all the dance and masti, end the evening on a sumptuous note with a lavish dinner buffet comprising of Indian delicacies.
When: April 14
Time: 7.30pm onwards
Entry: R600 inclusive of buffet dinner
Where: Pool lawns, Club Patio, Block E, South City I, Gurgaon
Bhangra to the beats
Watch the folk dancers from Punjab bring alive the fun loving spirit of the state with their bhangra and dhol beats. At this festival,
you can indulge your tastebuds in many Punjabi delicacies, such as makki di roti with sarson ka saag and Punjabi chole. The shopaholics can look out for Patiala suits and juttis to get
the authentic Punjabi look.
When: April 14
Time: 10.30am to 10pm
Where: Dilli Haat, Opposite INA market
This five day Baisakhi event aims to give you a deeper insight into the festival with a host of workshops, Gurudwara walks and music acts. Learn to tap your feet with grace at the Gidda and Bhangra workshop, or visit an exhibition of Phulkari displays. The Amarjit Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust will organise a walk from Rakabgaj Gurudwara to Bangla Sahib, followed by a langar today between 11am to 2pm. Sufi singer Madan Gopal Singh will be singing renditions of Heer Ranjha at Sujan Singh Park Lawns on Monday. The festival ends with Geet Punjab De by folk singer Madanbala Sindhu and langar on April 17.
On till: April 17
Time: 6.30pm onwards for the music performances
Where: The Attic, Sujan Singh Park Lawns