Malaysia’s Prince of Turban at work backstage

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MALAYSIA: Saheb Singh was eagerly seated amongst the crowd. He  was all set to enjoy laughter and jokes from the performers in the famed Comedy Night With Kapil show which came for the first time to Malaysia on Feb 21.

Out of the blue, Saheb gets an invite from the emcee, Rishiwant Singh aka Flying Singh, to go to the backstage to help one of the actors to tie the turban.

“I saw Kapil, Ali Asgar, Chandan. I saw them all. I got so excited as I’m their biggest fan,” he tells Asia Samachar.

Kapil Sharma plays host in the Indian comedy sketch that features celebrity guests. Among his sidekicks are Ali Asgar known as Dadi in the show and Chandan Prabhakar who carries the role of Raju and Chadda uncle/aunty.

The day could not have gone any better. Saheb is now face to face with his favourite artists.

“They thanked me many times over. Later, Rishi announced on the stage that the Turban Prince of Malaysia had tied the turban for Raju. The whole crowd cheered for me. I felt so honoured, so proud,” he says.

Saheb Singh tying a turban for Chandan Prabhakar who plays Raju in the Indian comedy sketch of Comedy Nights with Kapil. - PHOTO BY RISHIWANT
Saheb Singh tying a turban for Chandan Prabhakar who plays Raju in the Indian comedy sketch of Comedy Nights with Kapil. – PHOTO BY RISHIWANT

Saheb runs his own outfit on photography and turban tying. He is booked months ahead by would-be bridegrooms to tie their turban on their big day.

“Last year, I tied 41 Rajasthani turbans for a groom and his baraat [wedding party]. I can tie around 15 different styles,” he adds.

Saheb has also been invited to Gurmat camps [Sikh camps] in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to conduct turban tying clinics. He is no stranger to such camps, having gone to them since he was a toddler.

The many colour of turban - PHOTO from DASTAAR - SINGHA DI SHAAN
The many colour of turban – PHOTO from DASTAAR – SINGHA DI SHAAN

Saheb and his generation have also started a new trend – donning the colourful turbans. They then moved on to shiny turbans, and now designed turbans.

“So many wanted to learn how to tie the turban the way I did. I had to conduct workshops for them. And I started importing turbans form Punjab to make them available to the Sikhs here,” he says.

Saheb and a number of fellow Sikh youth have started a Facebook page called Dastaar – Singha Di Shaan, which literally means turban is the pride of the Sikh.

By the way, the turban style tied for Raju is called Chaudry turban. – ASIA SAMACHAR (24 Feb 2015)

 

[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. We have a Facebook page, do give it a LIKE! Visit our website: www.asiasamachar.com]

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