PCS OF CHICAGO PRESENTS BHANGRA AT CHICAGO WHITE
SOX BASEBALL GAME
“UIC BHANGRA” TEAM SHINES AT CELLULAR FIELD
PUNJABI DHOL DRUM REVERBRATES IN THE ICONIC STADIUM
Chicago, Aug. 12, 2010
The reverberating Bhangra music and Punjabi Dhol drum beats amplified through the powerful P.A. system took over the Chicago White Sox Cellular Field Stadium for ten minutes, when colorfully turbaned and costumed popular Punjabi folk dance Bhangra dancers made home run like moves at the home plate on July 28, 2010. Chicago White Sox were playing against Seattle Mariners. The Sox won. More than forty five thousand fans attended the evening game.
The occasion was to celebrate Asian American Heritage Day. Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) coordinated the performance for the event for the third year at White Sox.
PCS selected University of Illinois at Chicago "UIC Bhangra" an excellent team, accompanied by live Punjabi dhol drums to perform at the event. Many Indian community members including friends and family members of the performers came to the ball game to support the performance, the event, and the game. PCS also arranged for half off discounted tickets for the community for that game.
With thousands clapping, the stadium P.A. sound system played Punjabi Bhangra music also during the high points in the game.
PCS has previously presented Bhangra at Baseball games on July 21, 2009 when White Sox played against Tampa Bay Rays, and also on May 1, 2005 at the White Sox vs Detroit Tigers game. PCS has also presented Bhangra at Chicago Bull’s basketball game in March 2009.
“We are so happy to share our rich Asian Indian culture with the American mainstream, especially with such a large audience that probably would never be exposed to something like this otherwise. It creates awareness about our community and helps in creating mutual understanding and respect. This is what PCS Chicago aims to accomplish,” said Rajinder Singh Mago President, Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit volunteer community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, healthy life style and sports, education, and good citizenship in the metropolitan Chicago area.