Singapore all set for power-packed Vesakhi mela

Vesakhi Mela 2019, organised by Singapore Khalsa Association (SKA) in collaboration with Singapore Sikh Education Foundation (SSEF), will feature two-days of sports, songs, dance and even a disco night

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By Asia Samachar Team | SINGAPORE |

The Singapore Sikh community is all set to greet the Vesakhi celebrations with an exciting array of cultural and sporting activities, and even a disco night.

The Vesakhi Mela 2019, to be held from 13-14 April, is set to flesh out in sporting events as well as allow Sikhs and members of the wider Singapore community to join the major Sikh celebration.

This is an annual signature event of Singapore Khalsa Association (SKA), organised in collaboration with the Singapore Sikh Education Foundation (SSEF).

“Investing time and effort in our community is important in building and strengthening ties to ensure a bright and successful future for all of us. The two-day event is crucial in this respect,” said Vesakhi Mela Organising Committee chairman Tarlok Singh.

“It brings Sikhs from all corners of Singapore and from India as well as members of the other ethnic groups, new citizens and expatriates together for a day of bond-building through a diverse range of activities.”

Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has been invited as the guest of honour to the event that will also see the presentation of Educational Awards, National-level Sports Awards and Appreciation Awards for retiring SKA Trustees. Asia Samachar is the online media partner of the event.

Vesakhi Mela 2019 will feature various sporting activities such as hockey, football, golf and a tri-challenge event. In addition, there will be a turban-tying competition, bhangra and giddha performances, mass bhangra participation, and free-for-all singing and dancing. There will also be various games and carnival stalls, as well as educational programmes on the dangers of drug abuse and emergency preparedness for children.

The Disco Di Raat on 13 April will feature British performer H-Dhammi, who hails from a family of musical background. He is the son of Palvinder Dhami, the legendary lead singer from bhangra band Heera.

H-Dhami’s latest release, ‘Falling’, featuring Raxstar, is currently doing its rounds whilst he is preparing for the next release in June.

The event will also feature Star Performers of Punjab, a group of highly creative individuals which has come together on several occasions to display the colourful and effervescent Punjabi/Indian culture. The team consists of two lead singers, a renowned stand-up comedian, a music director and two versatile cultural female dancers.

On 14 April, among others, the event will feature the Bhangre Da Raja and Giddhe Di Rani competitions.

Formally established in 1931, SKA is a sports, cultural and recreational Sikh institution. It is housed in a recently refurbished building located in the heart of Singapore.

Focusing on both the individual and the family, SKA provides a range of activities and programmes to meet the diverse and changing needs of its members. It has close to 1,750 ‘Life’ members (Sikhs) and a further 180 ‘Associate Life’ and 139 ‘Sports’ members. Non-Sikhs are welcomed to ‘Associate Life’ and ‘Sports’ membership at the Association.

 

 

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