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Vignettes from A Summer Evening of Music





1469’s Original Store (Janpath -12, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India) turned into a little culture capital of sorts, as various artists, language experts, and a small but tasteful audience (consisting of way too many iPhone photographers) gathered to have a gala time.

Surrounded by a feast of colours, sounds and aromas that bring Sikhs from around the world to this spot, I am proud and pleased to say, like flies to a honey-pot, we settled down for a mehfil amongst friends.
The evening took off with soul-stirring gurbani sung by Australia’s world-music minstrel, Dya Singh. He discussed, in his inimitable personal and endearing style, the message of Guru Granth Sahib. He also reflected upon how love is the essence of all teachings of Sikhi.

Then, on popular demand from kids and adults alike, he sang the melodious oorrha-airrha-eerrhi-sassa-hahaa ... The Gurmukhi Alphabet Song .. and everyone joined in.

Another guest who made the evening special was Jasbir Jassi. Inspired by Dya Singh's music, he sang a few of his own famous Punjabi folk songs, including Heer in his signature roohani voice.

After Jasbir’s turn, it was renowned Punjabi scholar Sardar Rawail Singh who talked about the importance of Punjabi and its latest renaissance.

He encouraged people to start at home. He said that although his children studied in ‘convent; schools, they made it a point to speak Punjabi at home. He also shared with the audience a few anecdotes on Jasbir Jassi, taking the mehfil revisiting along memory lane.

All in all, it was an evening well spent.

And then, like we always do, we had ... Lassi! Both sweet and salty :)


June 11, 2013

Conversation about this article

1: Parvinder Singh  (India), June 11, 2013, 2:44 PM.

A vibrant ambience, with heart-touching music, courtesy Dya Singh ji and Jasbir Jassi ... My thanks to Harinder Singh who organized such a wonderful evening.

2: Harinder Singh 1469 (New Delhi, India), June 11, 2013, 2:54 PM.

It's events like these that motivate us at 1469. We are grateful to Dr Rawail Singh ji, who is the real spirit behind such events a dozen times in the year -- on Punjabi theatre / drama / folk / sufi / kavi darbar / classical kirtan.

3: Sangat Singh  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), June 11, 2013, 5:20 PM.

Dya ji, now I believe you when you said you were going to be busy in Delhi and elsewhere, notwithstanding the heat. We are now awaiting your return to Kuala Lumpur. You might be now trekking towards Hemkunt presently. That should give you some respite from the searing heat.

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