Malacca prepared to host SNSM annual Gurmat samelan

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Malacca, Malaysia | 21 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |
The Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Salaana Yaadgar Semagam 2016 going on at Gurdwara Sahib Malacca. Insert: Malacca GMC president Karam Singh
The Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Salaana Yaadgar Semagam 2016 going on at Gurdwara Sahib Malacca. Insert: Malacca GMC president Karam Singh

Malacca will organise the regional level competitions for the Punjabi Bhasha Mela and is  prepared to host the year-end Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) annual gurmat camp.

These are two of the major activities in the calendar of the team at Gurdwara Sahib Malacca in charge of the annual programme in the memory of the late Sikh granthi-parcharak Baba Sohan Singh.

“We told Naujawan Sabha that we are prepared to take up the annual samlean. It should not be an issue,” the Malacca gurdwara management committee (GMC) president Karam Singh told Asia Samachar in a recent interview.

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The Annual Gurmat Parchaar Samelan is one of the signature event of SNSM where about 1,000 Sikh youth and facilitators gather for a one-week camp, usually held in a public school capable of providing the required facilities.

In 2015, the camp was held for the first time at Khalsa Land, the SNSM campsite in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor.

The Punjabi Bhasha Mela, now into its 25th year and also organised by the SNSM, is a Punjabi language carnival held for the various Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) operating nationwide. Malacca will host the south zone competition.

It consists of events meant to promote the Punjabi language. They include story telling (sakhi) elocution (bhasan), poetry recital (kavita), Gurbani reading (such paath), debate (behas) and impromptu speeches (tatkali peshkari).

Karam said the Malacca PEC was ‘going on well’ with about 40 students who attend Punjabi classes on Saturdays between 2pm to 6pm.

The Malacca PEC is led by polytechnic college lecturer Sarwinder Singh.

On the Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Salaana Yaadgar Semagam 2016, which ends tomorow (22 May 2016), Karam said the host-gurdwara has made further structural adjustments for the comfort of the thousands of visitors to the largest annual SIkh gathering in Southeast Asia. For instance, there are now 24 toilets, up from the previous nine.

At the same time, he said the Malacca GMC is also working closely with the Sant Sohan Singh Ji Melaka Memorial Society Vidyala.

“We are working well with the Vidyala. We work hand in hand. Recently, the Vidyala supported us with accommodation. When the Bhasha Mela comes around, the kids will stay there,” said Karam.

The Vidhyala is based at a building located behind the Malacca gurdwara.

 

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