Cultural & Social News

The key objective of the cultural section of the Singapore Khalsa Association (SKA) is to focus and maintain a sense of cultural identity amongst Singaporean Sikhs and also to remind younger Sikhs of their rich and diverse culture. In line with the need to develop community bonding in Singapore, the SKA’s cultural troupe partakes in performances at a number of community and social functions.


The activities organised by the cultural sub-committee include the following:

  1. Vesakhi MelaVesakhi Mela (Fun Fair)- Vesakhi Day is a key event in the Sikh calendar, commemorating the birth of the Khalsa Panth (the commonwealth) and a celebration of the Sikh cultural heritage. Whilst religious ceremonies are held in Sikh temples, normally on the 13th of April, the SKA spearheads the organisation of the annual Mela (fair). There are normally fun-filled hands-on activities and sports throughout the day. The cultural activities include the performance of traditional folk dances such as the vibrant “Bhangra” and “Giddha”. In addition, the various food stalls that are sell authentic Punjabi dishes and sweetmeats. To round up the evening, a Disco-Di-Raat has been incorporated in the last few years.

  2. Lohri- This event celebrated by a newborn represents a grand occasion. At the SKA, this event is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing of folksongs (mainly by ladies) around a bonfire, which is the focus of Lohri. Usually, sweetmeats are distributed by the enthusiastic grandparents/parents of the newborn.

  3. Teeyan- This is another women’s dance festival that is part of SKA’s cultural activities. Giddha is seen at its best when Teyaan is celebrated.

  4. Dhol Lessons- The SKA provides the platform for dhol enthusiasts to understand and learn the dhol.

 

1.1  Vesakhi Mela 2009

Vesakhi Mela 2009 (fun fair) was held on Sunday, 19th April 2009 at the Singapore Khalsa Association.

H.E, President SR Nathan and Mrs Nathan graced the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour.

The theme of the Mela was, “Forging Community Spirit Through Youth”, further transforming the event from one traditionally seen as a Sikh-based one to one that is more community-based.

The Punjabi Cultural nite was held on 3rd Dec 2009 at SKA Level 2.  The cultural nite were jointlyorganized by Singapore Khalsa Association and High Commission of India. Dr T.C.A Raghavan, High Commissioner of India, Singapore graced the event as Guest of Honour.

Over 600 members attended the cultural nite.  Refreshments were served at SKA Level 1 formembers who attended the cultural nite.  SKA hosted a special dinner at SKA level 3 for invited guests.

Culture Swing @SKA
SKA organizes Bhangra/Giddha and Bollywood Bhangra classes to showcase Punjabi traditional dance.  The response for the classes has been  excellent and the classes are conducted every week at SKA.

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