The Punjabi Cultural and Welfare Association (PCWA) in CBD-Belapur recently celebrated ‘Baisakhi Di Raat’. It was a long cherished desire of the PCWA, particularly of its chairperson retired Lt Commander (IN) Gurbax Singh, to organise a cultural programme where a cultural troupe of international repute would perform.
Accordingly, the Punjabi community in Navi Mumbai witnessed a programme presented by S Parminder Singh Sidhu popularly known as ‘Pammi Bai’ at Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha in Vashi on April 6.
The programme commenced with an ovation to the Almighty followed by a jhummer dance performance from Pammi Bai and his troupe. A popular form of folk dance, jhummer comprises elements of Punjabi history and used to be sung along the banks of river Ravi. Alongside Pammi Bai, Aliya Hasan from Malerkotla, a city in Punjab known for producing eminent Sufi poets and singers, presented some popular Punjabi numbers.
The event was attended by a host of prominent personalities, including MLC Charanjit Singh Sapra, who was the chief guest, IAS officer and CIDCO MD and vice-chairperson Sanjay Bhatia, Commissioner of Police for Navi Mumbai Ashok Kumar Sharma.