Khalsa College Celebrates Baisakhi with Spectacular Festivities

by Dr. Jasneet Bedi

In a vibrant celebration of Punjab’s rich cultural tapestry, Khalsa College opened its gates to a daylong Baisakhi festival, captivating the hearts of students, faculty, and visitors alike. The campus came alive with the pulsating beats of bhangra, the aroma of Punjabi delicacies, and colorful displays of tradition.

From dawn till dusk, the college grounds transformed into a tableau of Punjabi virsa (heritage). Students, adorned in traditional attire, moved to the rhythmic beats of folk music, embodying the spirit of Baisakhi. The festival aimed to bridge the gap between the younger generation and Punjab’s age-old customs, offering a glimpse into the state’s vibrant culture amidst a rapidly changing world.

The focal point of the festivities was the music and dance performances, showcasing traditional forms like bhangra, gidda, and sami. Stalls adorned with the bounty of the harvesting season provided a visual feast, while the aroma of freshly prepared Punjabi delicacies like jalebis and pakodas filled the air, tempting taste buds and invoking nostalgia.

A highlight of the event was the mesmerizing presentation of Gatka, the Sikh martial art, in a choreographed spectacle that left the audience spellbound. Beyond the performances, the festival grounds resembled a bustling Punjabi mela, offering a plethora of experiences from merry-go-rounds to traditional stalls selling parandis, bangles, and phulkari duppatas.

Honorary Secretary of the Khalsa College Governing Council, Rajinder Mohan Singh, emphasized the importance of such festivals in preserving Punjab’s rich heritage. “The Mela provides a glimpse of our composite cultural heritage,” he remarked, underlining the significance of keeping cultural practices alive for future generations.

Principal Dr. Mehal Singh echoed this sentiment, stating that the festival aimed to expose students to the depth of Punjabi tradition while providing them with opportunities to participate in cultural showcases. The arrival of dignitaries on a ‘tonga’ added a touch of nostalgia, evoking images of festive processions in Punjab’s villages.

In recognition of their contributions to Punjabi arts and culture, renowned theatre personality Jatinder Singh Brar and filmmaker Karaj Gill were honored with the Khalsa College Folk Award. Brar emphasized the festival’s significance, remarking, “More such attempts to reconnect the youth with Punjabi traditions are imperative if we want to continue with our rich cultural legacy.”

As the sun set on Khalsa College’s Baisakhi celebration, it left an indelible mark on all who attended, reaffirming the importance of preserving and cherishing Punjab’s vibrant heritage in an ever-changing world.

Dr. Jasneet Bedi

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