Punjabi folk, Giddha & Bhangra Mark Teej Mela at Manimajra

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A colourful event opened by Municipal Corporation at Shivalik Garden Manimajra

NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The two days Teej festival was opened with great zeal in the Shivalik Garden, Manimajra, here today. The colourful function, organized by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh today in the morning opened by Mrs. Poonam Sharma, Mayor of Chandigarh in presence of Mrs. Gurbax Rawat, Deputy Mayor, Sh. Harphool Chander Kalyan, Chairman, Arts, Culture & Sports committee, Mr. Gurcharan Dass Kalaa, area councilor, Mr. Virender Chaudhary, HCS, Joint Commissioner, Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer, other councilors & officers of MC and prominent personalities of area.

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Mrs. Bhawna Garg, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh was the chief guest during the cultural evening started at 6.00 p.m. Various famous artists including Prince, Gargi Halder, Meet, Deepak and other enthralled the audience with Punjabi folk, sufi and Haryanvi traditional numbers.

The function was marked with Punjabi, Haryanvi, Rajasthani, folk dances, songs, fusion of Giddha & Bhangra and Teeian de Geet by famous artists of various states. The audience present in the Mela could not stop themselves to dance on the foot-tapping beats of “Dhol” and popular Punjabi numbers. The Mayor stressed upon the necessity to perpetuate cultural values among the masses especially in younger generation. She also enlightened the gathering about the social, religious and historical significance of the Teej Festival.

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While addressing the gathering she said that Municipal Corporation Chandigarh has made this Mela as an annual feature and decided to organize it in Shivalik Garden, Manimajra. She said that people of Chandigarh should know about their rich culture and we the Municipal Corporation are making small effort to gather the precious traditional festivals like Teej. Earlier, Sh. Harphool Chander Kalyan welcomed the chief Guest and other dignitaries and honoured the chief guest with giving traditional fulkari to her. The chief guest took a round in the Mela spread in the 20 acre of shivalik Garden.

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Other attractions of the Mela was including camel rides, cart rides, Dholi, Madari, Gaud Group, Charkhe, Manjire, Tumbe, Jamura Show, puppet show, Magic show by famous magician Gagan, different stalls of sweets and lassi, Maal-Pua, handi crafts, designer fabrics and other domestic items etc. The stage was decorated with colourful lights and traditional “Jhandian” flags. East meets West as the streets fill with musical sounds, with everything from traditional folk, beats of Dhol and Teej diya Bolliyan to fusion of Giddha and Bhangra.

In the cultural evening Meet Niman, Prince, Gargi Halder and many other artists enthralled the audience by his punjbai traditional numbers and sufi songs etc.

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Tomorrow morning the Mela will began with folk dances from various states including Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. A culture evening will also be organized by famous folk singers Harbhajan Shera and Ginda Aujla etc.

Mrs. Sonya Dev, wife of Sh. Vijay Kumar Dev, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh will be the Chief Guest during the cultural evening on 23rd August at 6.00 P.M.

The programme of 23rd August will be as under:

23nd August

11.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Tipical Teej Boliyan & Charkha Geet and vocal singing by two groups from GCG-11, Chandigarh.

2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Folk Punjabi song performances and Punjabi Folk dance items by famous dance troupe of 15 professional artists

3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Magic Show by famous Magician Pardeep and Puppet show

4.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Gatka Performance by Darshan Singh and group from Gatka Dal, Manimajra.

4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Dance performance by 15 little girls solo and group dance on Punjabi folk tracks.

5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Dance performance by Dazzle Group.

6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Cultural Night by famous Punjabi Folk artists including

Harbhajan Shera,  Ginda Aujla and co artists.