POMONA, CA – As many as 38 Raagi Jathas and children Kirtan groups performed Shabad Kirtan at Darbar-e-khalsa organized by the International Institute of Gurmat Studies in celebratin of the 347th Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh on December 25 at the Fairplex L.A. County Fairgrounds, here.
The program started early morning at 6.30 am with the singing of Asa Di Vaar by Akhand Kirtan Jatha.
Raagi Jatha Bhai Gurdip Singh Sucha Singh of Gurdwara Lankershim has been doing Keertan at Darbar-e-Khalsa since its inception 26 years back. IIGS popular Kirtan Jatha headed by Sardarni Gurpreet Kaur enthralled the huge congregation. Bhai Nirmal Singh, former Hazoori Raagi Jatha of Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar regaled the huge sangat.
Five prominent Raagi Jathas performed Shabad Kirtan together on the same stage. They were Bhai Raghbir Singh of Gurdwara Walnut, Bhai Jaswant Singh of Gurdwara Santa Ana, Bhai Varinder Singh of Gurdwara Khalsa Care Foundation, Bhai Jatinder Singh of Gurdwara Buena Park and Bhai Parvinder Singh of Gurdwara Riverside. A young boy, Sahib Ajit Singh gave a speech about Guru Gobind Singh’s life and teachings and asked the sangat to take a look inside about if we were following those teachings. Prabhneet Kaur, Puneet Kaur, Sarabdayal Singh and Gurdayal Singh made announcements.
Bhai Manmohan Singh made opening Ardas. Harmala Kaur offered closing Ardas. Sukhaasan Ardas was offered by Sardar Kirtan Singh and Sardarni Gurpreet Kaur made the final Ardas. Hukamnama in the morning was taken by Kanwarbir Singh and in the afternoon by Manjit Kaur. Numerous other sewadars did untiring sewa before, during and after the program. Sewas included shoe sewa, reception, langar, karah parshaad making and distribution, decorations, etc.
Sardar Kavi Raj Singh also spoke on the essence of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji’s life, his love, compassion, thoughtfulness and sacrifices. He also gave a call to the Sikh brethren to wake up and take Amrit Di Pahul and show commitment to Waheguru ji.
Sardar Daljit Singh wished the sangat Gurupurab Diyaan Wadhaia and Welcomed the Sangat who have come from near and far.
Every year IIGS presents the award on this day to distinguished personalities who have done tremendous sewa through Kirtan, Katha and other services. This year IIGS gave an award to Bhai Manmohan Singh of San Jose.
The award read said it was presented to him in, “Recognition Of A Life Time of Dedicated Service To The Sikh Community For Promoting Sikh ValuesThrough Youth Camps and Akhand Kirtan Samagams.”
For Last 30 years he has been serving the Guru Ghar through both Kirtan and mentoring classical and Akhand kirtan. Every Sunday in the San Jose Gurdwara, 700 kids attend Punjabi School, and 150 are under his guidance. There are 20 teachers who are serving under Bhai Sahib. He travelled all over the USA and mesmerized the Sangat with his kirtan and katha.
Also, last but not the least, he thanked the volunteers, donors, supporters and well-wishers. Also, he thanked all the Gurdwara Sahibs of Southern California for their support and cooperation.