Wellington’s first Sikh classical music camp

Blind kirtan enthusiast Karen Plimmer also took part in the Gurmat sangeet workshop and youth workshop at Naenae gurdwara

Karen Plimmer performing kirtan at the Wellington Gurmat sangeet workshop and youth workshop – Photo / Supplied

Wellington Sikhs created history when some 60 students took part in a week long classical music training camp last week.

The Gurmat sangeet workshop and youth camp organised by Naad Trust Auckland, ran from Dec 18-23 and is said to be the first such music camp in the New Zealand city.

The music camp was conducted by Manjit Singh and Daljit Kaur of Auckland and Dalbir Singh and Melvinder Singh of the Naenae gurdwara.

Among the students who took part in the recital was Karen Plimmer from Auckland who attended the evening recital and the program on Sunday. Karen who is blind has been studying Indian classical music for the last three years.

Given the good response, Dalbir said the organiser hopes to continue such camps in 2018.

“I hope to be able to bring this music form to more people in Naenae particularly the younger people in our larger community. I think music is a greater social binder and will lead to greater understanding between communities,” he said in a note emailed to Asia Samachar.

There was also a gatka (Sikh martial art) display on 23 Dec by a team from Auckland. Many students and parents found it interesting and expressed interest to also set-up such a team in Naenae.

WE DID IT: Certificates for some of the children who underwent the one-week Gurmat sangeet workshop – Photo / Supplied


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