On the occasion of Baisakhi, the Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board hosted the Punjabi Icon Awards and honoured the eminent Punjabi Achievers of various fields. The event was headed by the President of Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board (PCHB), Shri Charan Singh Sapra.
The programme saw an electrifying musical performance by Punjabi Singer Kaur B where the crowd was seen dancing all along. Stand-up comedian Sudesh Lahiri entertained everyone with his hilarious and witty jokes. The evening was hosted by the stunning host, Satinder Satti. The Chief Guest of the programme was Punjab’s Cabinet Minister Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Punjabi Icon Awards, given to Punjabis who have excelled in their respective areas of expertise. This year’s award recipients who were present at the event were Bollywood Actress Ms. Urvashi Rautela and extremely popular playback singer Neha Kakkar. Popular Host Mr. Manish Paul was also awarded the Punjabi Icon Award of the ‘Sultan of Stage’. Prominent among the awardees was Ms. Gurmehar Kaur, who had raised protest on Social Media in Delhi. She was awarded in the category of “Courageous Youth”. Gurmehar Kaur, a daughter of martyred Sikh, had fought against unlawful behavior of ABVP in Ramjas College, Delhi. This was her first Public Appearance after she went into huddle, when her clash with ABVP turned into a National Debate. Mr. Sapra, organizer says that “It requires tremendous courage for a college going student from a simple family to raise voice against unruly behavior.”
Awardees also include Industrialists and corporate personalities like Mr. R.S. Kalsi – Executive Director, Maruti Udyog Ltd., Mr. L. D. Mittal – Chairman, Sonalika Group, Ms. Rajiee Shinde – CEO, PTC Network, & India and Asia’s Strongest Man – Mr. Manoj Chopra.
Shri. Charan Singh Sapra said that “Baisakhi being the beginning of harvest is also considered as a New Year of Punjabis across the Globe. It feels good to see Punjabis and non-Punjabis enjoying Baisakhi together with so much affection and enthusiasm.”
Baisakhi is a Punjabi festival that farmers traditionally observe as a thanksgiving day by expressing their gratitude for the abundant harvest and for praying prosperity in future.
Date: 13th April 2017
Time: 7 pm Onwards
Venue: Fine Arts Auditorium, Chembur, Mumbai