Tuesday, April 15, 2008

L.A. Baisakhi Gurdwara

L.A. Baisakhi 2008
View upon entering the Gurdwara.
L.A. Baisakhi 2008
A family that is also a kirtan jetha. They did some beautiful kirtan as well as many other raagis that sang that day.
L.A. Baisakhi 2008
The panj pyaray were standing for a very long time, finally at some point they got a little rest. I later met one of the Panj named Hunar Singh Ji. He's the youngest member of the panj you see in this photo.
L.A. Baisakhi 2008
This year there was a presentation for a "Mai Bhago spirit of Baisakhi award." It was an award to honor Sikh women who have made a great contribution to the panth.
From Sikhnet:
"Honorees this year were: Dr. Harjot Kaur Singh, a medical doctor and Sikh Canadian film producer who produced the movie By the Guru's Grace – Journey through the Sikh Experience ; Inni Kaur Dhingra, VP of Spectrum Communications and a member of the editorial board of Nishaan Magazine who has chaired the Spinning Wheel Festival in New York City and also helped organize the Sikh art exhibit at the Rubin Museum in New York City last year, titled I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion; Penny Yogiraj Sandhu, President and CEO of JusPunjabi 24 Hour American-Punjabi Channel; Valarie Kaur, Sikh American film director and writer who wrote and directed the move Divided We Fall – about Sikhs in the backlash aftermath of 9-11; and Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Sikh writer and Chairwoman of the International Khalsa Council. Valarie Kaur could not attend the event, and the award was received in her name by Eric Santiestevan who composed the music for her film."
L.A. Baisakhi 2008
I really zoomed in, so it's a little blurry, but still a nice photo of Guru Ji.
L.A. Baisakhi 2008
The mayor of Amritsar was in attendance as well as the mayor of Los Angeles, who wore a turban as a sign of respect for the Sikh community. They were given time to address the sangat and presented with gifts.

There are more pictures at my flickr account. Soon I will put up more photos of the Nagar Kirtan, of which I took many.

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