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Bir Khalsa Group

Bir Khalsa Group Becomes Guinness World Record Holder

Bir Khalsa Group is an institution associated with Gataka teachings based in the villages around Amritsar. They take in young children and teach them the Punjabi martial art of Gataka. The group is trying to get the children into discipline...
Punjabi Gidha

Transformation Of Gidha – Part 2

My father told me that during the centuries of the yore, the girls used to perform “Giddha” in the privacy of their parental “Havelis”. The practice of “Giddha” spread from one “Haveli” to the other and so on. This practice travelled...
Punjabi Gidha

Transformation Of Gidha – Part 1

Every great art and craft in this world has to go through a long passage of evolution. Most of the popular art forms ancient and modern had a long history of evolution and transformation. “Giddha” happens to be the most popular and...
Dholicious 2012

200 Dholis in Sector 17 Plaza

Last evening sector 17 Plaza Chandigarh witnessed an amazing scene of around 200 dholis playing their beats and displaying colourful colors of Punjabi culture. At every corner in sector 17 there were groups of Dholis with their instruments enthralling...
punjab collection heritage collection 2

The Biggest Private Collection of Punjab’s Heritage Part 2

This is the second part of the articles based on this series. Sometime back I posted an article about Sardar Avtar Singh Tung and his son Dharamvir Singh Tung who collected vintage vehicles in their home at village Sahibana. In that article...
Punjab Collection Heritage Collection

The Biggest Private Collection of Punjab’s Heritage Part 1

Sometime back I posted an article about Sardar Avtar Singh Tung and his son Dharamvir Singh Tung who collected vintage vehicles in their home at village Sahibana. In that article I also mentioned that they also have a huge collection of another...
Boota Rana

ਜੇ ਲਾਉਣੀ ਸੀ ਸੋਹਣੀਏ, ਤਾ ਨਿਭਾਉਣੀ ਕਿਓਂ ਨਾ ਸਿਖੀ?

I recorded this in village Bandala District Jalandhar during the shoot of Sade PindRab Wasda. I have to admit iwas impressed with thier performance and the way they carried it out. It’s a performance by Rana and Boota. This duo performs...
Old Punjab Well

A Well Preserved Tillan Wala Khooh

A lot many cultural artifacts and symbols of Punjab’s days gone by are being lost in the contemporary times. This is an automatic process where the new are replacing the old, or in some cases the old have simply become obsolete. Still,...
Classic Old Haweli Punjab

Visit to a Haweli in a Village

I visited this Haweli in the village Bakhopir in the district Sangrur during the shoot of Sade Pind Rabb Vasda. I have seen many other Old Hawelies in villages, but this one was well preserved as compared to the others i have seen. The owners...

The House of Memories

She was born Amrita Kaur (1919) in Gujranwala, which is now in Pakistan, as a daughter of a school teacher and poet. Her mother died when she was quite young and she grew up with adult responsibilities. Amrita began to write at an early age,...

The Grave of Mirza and Sahiba

I published these two articles sometime back; one about the Book uth gaye Gwando Yaar and one about the story of Mirza’s grave. The book inspired me enough that i had been looking for proofs of the story and the locations. After much hardships...

Golden Temple – Amritsar

Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, is named after Hari (God) the temple of God. The Harmandir Sahib is considered the holiest shrine by Sikhs. The 11th and eternal Guru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is present inside...