The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago presented its annual event, Rangla Punjab, to celebrate the Sikh harvest festival Baisakhi, April
23 at the Copernicus Theater in Chicago. Over
250 performers performed nearly 40 acts in
the five-hour show, attended by over 1,500 people.
Former PCS chairperson Mohina Ahluwalia
and former PCS president Rajinder Singh
Mago were honored with plaques for their services by chief guest Dr Bhupinder Singh Saini of
the Pain Management Clinics in Wisconsin.
Bhangra and gidha performers from Illinois,
Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa showed off colorful Punjabi costumes. Performing teams
included the University of Chicago’s Balle
Bhangra, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s
Tech De Fateh, and the University of Iowa’s
Hawkeye Bhangra. Gidha dance was performed by ladies from the Milwaukee Da Gidha
team, and Chicago’s Shaunkna Chicago Diyan.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a special
guest of honor, delivered the opening remarks.
‘I came to you during my (election) campaign,
and now that I have been elected I must come
back to thank you — my friends and support-
ers. I really enjoy your shows and someday
would love to learn bhangra,’ he said.
A short play Batwara (Partition) with a message of unity was enacted by Gurmukh Singh
Bhullar, Charanjit Singh, Baljit Singh Sidhu,
Jasbir Kaur Man and others. Mona Bhalla,
Pammi Gill, Sukhnandan Singh Sukhi, Mahijit
Virdi, Mansimran Singh, and brothers
Bhawandeep and Jasdeep sang Punjabi songs
to music by Hitesh Master, Ajay and Suresh.
The PCS has organized Rangla Punjab, the
largest annual Punjabi cultural event in the
Chicago area, for the last two decades.
‘It’s purpose is to impart Punjabi culture into
our next generation born and brought up here
in America. It is also to unite the community
living here through a common cultural celebration,’ said Dr Amarjit Singh, chairman, PCS.
‘That more than 250 children were involved
in showcasing their Punjabi culture is in itself a
great achievement,’ said Balwinder Singh, the
Snapshots from the five-hour extravaganza
Nita Sardana, YWCA volunteer of the year
Nita Sardana, who works for Atlanta-based American
CyberSystems Inc, was last month named for the Young
Women’s Christian Association Barbara B Rose Volunteer
of the Year Award.
Presented by the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, Sardana
was awarded a certificate for her dedication and service to
the YWCA’s TGI Tech (Teen Girls in Technology) program.
The TGI Tech is a mentoring program offered through the
YWCA that introduces students to technology and fosters
awareness through their high school years. American
CyberSystems has sponsored technology scholarships as
part of the program since 2006.
ACS, which provides technical professionals to large
Fortune 500 companies, said Sardana’s recognition by the
YWCA underscores the role the company plays in the community by supporting teen technology education and mentoring.
‘It is our company’s pleasure to be of service to the
Atlanta YWCA and to help assure that the young women of
Atlanta receive the opportunity to achieve their full potential,’ said Raj Sardana, chief executive officer and president,