It was a jazzy and a touching finale. The three-day eighth Virasat Mela concluded on Sunday at Jaipalgarh heritage village near Bathinda. The festival this year was dedicated to “Kalian da Baadshah (king of folk music)” Kuldeep Manak.
Manak’s family inaugurated Manak Niwas and, as mark of honour, received a cheque for Rs 1 lakh from members of the Malwa Heritage Foundation, Bathinda. Punjabi pop singer Jazzy B met the family of his guru, Manak, and the legend’s son, Yudhveer, whom he has supported in recovery from illness.
As jazzy climbed on stage, the crowd went crazy with delight. Jazzy paid his tribute to Kuldeep Manak by singing his famous song, ‘Maa Hundi Hai Maa o Dunia Walio”. The number made the entire Manak family emotional.
On the request of a child near the stage, Jazzy switched to a track from his latest album, “Maharaja”. He reminded a child to say "Sat Sri Akal" when he greeted Jazzy in English.
Turning to the audience, he said people abroad had moved on from hello to the traditional Punjabi greeting. “We in India, however have done the complete opposite,” he said. Jazzy thanked the Malwa Heritage Foundation for remembering his guru, Kuldeep Manak.