Punjab tableau to showcase ‘sangat’ and ‘pangat’ on Republic Day
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Punjab tableau to showcase ‘sangat’ and ‘pangat’ on Republic Day

The tableau would also exhibit the way in which the free community kitchen called ‘langar’ is prepared wholly through the voluntary efforts of the people.

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2018 23:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab tableau,sangat’,pangat’
The Punjab government had displayed folk dance ‘jago’ at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 2016.(HT File)

‘Sangat and pangat’, the love for entire humanity with the spirit of communal harmony, is the theme of the official tableau of Punjab for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on January 26.

“The tableau of the state government at the Republic Day-2018 parade will be in the form of ‘sangat and pangat’ depicting the oneness of humanity perfectly in keeping with the teachings of Sikh gurus,” an official spokesperson said here on Monday.

The spokesperson added that the tableau will also showcase the humane traditions of the ‘sangat’, or a congregation of people sitting together transcending the boundaries of caste, creed, race, colour and religion; and ‘Pangat’ — a row where the sangat partakes langar (community meal).

The tableau would also exhibit the way in which the free community kitchen called ‘langar’ is prepared wholly through the voluntary efforts of the people.

“The institution of langar has been serving as a symbol of unity of mankind since last four centuries thus spreading the message of peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood,” he said.

Divulging more, the spokesperson said the institution of ‘langar’ was started by the first of the 20 Sikh gurus, Guru Nanak Dev. Third Sikh Guru Amar Dass continued the great tradition and made it a rule that nobody would be granted an audience until he or she partakes ‘langar’. The institution of ‘langar’ has been serving as a symbol of unity of mankind since the last four centuries thus spreading the message of peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood, he said.

The tableau will be showcased against the backdrop of shabds (Sikh religious hymns).

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 21:34 IST