LOS ANGELES: Southern California Based Indian American Sikh community organized Annual Kirtan Darbar and Nagar Kirtan Baisakhi festival with spirits at the Convention Center. The event attracted devotees from California, the USA, Mexico and India. This year marks the 550th Anniversary of the Birth of the founder of Sikh Dharma, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The exquisite decorations for the Darbar Hall were designed by Seva Kaur Khalsa.
The day’s main Kirtan program began early in the morning and included many songs written in praise of Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa. More than 40 women’s, children’s and Ragi Jathas performed throughout the program from all over Southern California.
Dara Singh Sidhu from Fresno gave an inspiring speech about the four Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
The Guru Ram Das Ashram Kirtan Jatha played the closing Kirtan. The program conducted by Kirtan-Singh Khalsa, of Guru Ram Das Ashram, along with Har Dev Singh Khalsa from the San Diego Sat Sangat.
Congresswoman of the 27th District, Judy Chu, attended the program. Congresswoman Chu says, ‘Indian American Sikh community on working to create peace and equality among the diversity of the nation’s communities especially through the Langar Seva that is done in Gurdwaras around the country.’
Another guest Los Angeles Chief of Police, Michel Moore stress LAPD to protect the Sikh community of Los Angeles against bias and hate crimes. He said that he really appreciated the Sikh community for their love of God and willingness to serve all.
Indian American Mayor Harry Sidhu spoke about having been born in Amritsar, his pride in being a Sikh, and serving as a Mayor of one of the major cities in the country. Fernando Delgado, Representative for L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, presented a proclamation to the Sikh community on behalf of and signed by all five Supervisors of L.A. County. Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a proclamation, via his representative Dilpreet Kaur Sidhu, to the Sikh community congratulating them on the occasion of Baisakhi. John Alford, representative of Congressman Brad Sherman, presented an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building to Sardar Roop Singh, Secretary of SGPC who spoke about the unity of the Khalsa Panth.
At program special Saropa presentations (prayer shawls) were presented on behalf of the Sikh Community of Southern California to several distinguished individuals.
Guru’s Langar was provided throughout the day and was organized by Amarjeet Singh of the Hollywood Sikh Temple and prepared by Bhai Chattar Singh Ji of Bakersfield and dozens of sevadars. Nearly two dozen of the Langar cooks and sevadars received Spirit of Baisakhi awards.
Other recipients of Spirit of Basaikhi awards included Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa; Siri Sikdar Sahiba Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa; Dr. Asma Qadri, Professor at Punjab University of Lahore, who established a Department of Guru Nanak Studies and DukhNiwaran Kaur Khalsa for her work in fostering important dialogues on diversity and inclusion.
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