Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 2 Apr 2015
The towns of Klang, Seremban, Ipoh and Penang were a hive of activity on Punjabi language related activities on Saturday (28 Mar). They played host to the regional level Punjabi Bhasha Mela Mela 2015.
All in, some 1,000 participants from 42 teams nationwide were expected to take part in the Malaysian-based Punjabi language carnival.
The winners at the regional level will then move on to the national level event which will be held on 6-7 June at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), formerly known as APIIT, at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
The event, now in its 24th year, is jointly organised by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) and Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM).
It holds various events meant to promote the Punjabi language including story telling (sakhi), elocution (bhasan), poetry recital (kavita), Gurbani reading (such paath), debate (behas) and impromptu speeches (tatkali peshkari).
For the first time, at the national level, participants will also show their skills in coral speaking where groups narrate a poem or a dramatic piece.
With 13 teams, Perak Zone is the biggest in terms of teams. They are followed by Selangor (11), Southern Zone (11) and the Northern Zone (7).
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