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“5th PCS Chicago International Bhangra and Gidha Competition 2006” held on October 28, 2006 - an amazing showcase


Chicago, October 30, 2006

Congratulations on a very successful and exciting event last Saturday night in Chicagoland to showcase Punjabi culture and spirit at its finest. What a showcase it was of Punjabi folk dances, incredible untamed and raw youthful energy, colorful demonstration and skills by the participants in the International Gidha and Bhangra competition. How wonderful to see that many participants in the Bhangra and Gidha teams were of cultures and communities who were not Punjabi, but no one could tell that they had not fully mastered the wonderful steps and spirit of the Punjabi folk dances and gave an incredible account and affirmation that Bhangra and Gidha music and dance fever is contagious and has made a place in their soul.

What a testimony to the successful transplanting of cultures, their power to embrace and connect all humanity in its raw energy and spirit, and the music and rhythms offering echoes and resonance in other cultures, once separated by time, distance, and geography.

As I sat and watched, I saw music, dance, foods transcending cultures, ethnicities, faiths, and our origin or nationality at the ultimate "crossroads of nations": The United States of America.

I felt proud that a young community has grown over the past four decades and making a place for itself, the future generations, with the heart, faith, and special gifts that it brought to these shores to share with the world.

Congratulations to all who have been working hard across this nation and around the world for this dream to mature and now witness that it has taken roots. Some of the cultural elements have taken on a new mystique and are becoming a rage and global phenomenon. We must continue to share and fully integrate our culture and gifts wherever we have chosen to make our home. Chicagoland Punjabi community has done an amazing job towards this effort.

5th PCS Chicago International Bhangra and Gidha Competition 2006” held on October 28, 2006 - an amazing showcase

Click here for the glimpses of Bhangra /Gidha Competition posted by Ms. Deanna Olsen of Iowa City, IA.

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With kind regards and congratulations,

Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis,Indiana USA