Mr Singh International 2012: VIKAS KAHOL
Tejinder Pal Singh Wins Title
It's a pageant to showcase Sikh pride and it does that with elan.
annual Mr Singh International Turban Pride competition saw the brainy
and the brawny among young Sikh men from around the world show off their
skills at the pageant held in Amritsar, Punjab, on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
The pageant, which was launched in 2005, was introduced to fight against stereotypes and promote Sikh culture and traditions all over the world.
Tejinder Pal Singh of Kashmir bagged this year's Mr Singh International 2012 title after a fierce battle with 25 other finalists.
Deepinder Singh, a young man from Ludhiana was declared the first runner-up while Tarandeep Singh from Amritsar bagged the third position.
Noted filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and singer Rabbi Shergill were also present at the finale.
The competition was organised by two outfits -- Akal Purakh Ki Fauj and Chief Kalhsa Diwan.
This year saw young Sikhs from across the globe, including the UK, Canada, Mauritius and Australia, participate in the competition.
The contestants were competing in four categories" physique, traditional attire, royal attire and talent.
Jaswinder Singh, media director, Akal Purakh Ki Fauj said: " The participants underwent evaluation for their education, physique and personality. Knowledge of Sikhism was an essential qualification for the title."
The organisers revealed that the idea of holding Mr Singh
International contest had first occurred to them in 2003.
"A former SGPC member Jaswinder Singh, Advocate and I explored the possibility of holding such an event and met noted filmmaker Yash Chopra.
"Yash Chopra suggested that we should nurture the talent of the Sikh young men who could act in films as well," Jaswinder said.
[Courtesy: India Today. Edited for sikhchic.com]
December 18, 2012
Conversation about this article
1: Sarjit Kaur (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), December 18, 2012, 11:28 AM.
Sardars, when they live in honor of rules set in gurbani, glow with immense noble good looks in face, personality, and physique as the winner of this title, or the young Ontario/Canadian MPP and his Chicago brother ... very proud to be a Sikh to such nobility.
2: R Singh (Chandigarh, Punjab), December 19, 2012, 8:47 AM.
Will we ever see a Ms. Kaur international? Why the intense focus on men in our community?
3: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), December 20, 2012, 10:17 AM.
We could do with a Ms Kaur International.