Tarn Taran team to perform gatka at ‘Germany’s Got Talent’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 15:30 IST
Bir Khalsa Gatka Dal practising the traditional martial art at Tarn Taran. The team left for Germany on Sunday. (HT Photo)

After bagging third position in the reality series ‘India’s Got Talent’ and leaving their mark at the Asian edition of the show, Bir Khalsa Gatka Dal based in Tarn Taran will be performing the Sikh martial art at ‘Germany’s Got Talent’ this week.

The team, which has also featured in the Guinness World Records thrice and is often invited to perform gatka during religious processions in many countries, left for Germany on Sunday. They along with teams arriving from different countries will be taking part in the reality show that begins on Wednesday.

“Gatka is the traditional art initiated by the gurus to create Sikh ‘sipahis’ (soldiers), who could fight against those committing atrocities against the humanity. We are making efforts to retain this rich tradition among the youth and popularise gatka at international level,” said team captain Kanwaljit Singh, before leaving for Germany.

Kanwaljit Singh, 33, said he started performing gatka when he was 7-year old. “It is because of our hard work that we have participated in many international competitions, and with blessings of the God, our team has qualified for the contest being held in Germany. Though the completion will be very tough, we hope to return victorious,” he said.

Bir Khalsa Gatka Dal wants to further promote the traditional martial art among youths in the district, which is battling drug menace. A number of local personalities gave a warm farewell to the team by presenting ‘siropas’ to the captain and members Gagandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Balwant Singh, Karamjit Singh, Gurjit Singh and Jasmeet Singh, who at 17 is the youngest.

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