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Fes­ti­val of hap­pi­ness–– that’s how Pun­jabi singer- song­writer Gurdas Maan, de­scribes Baisakhi. Speak­ing about the essence and the sig­nif­i­cance of the day, he shares, “The fes­ti­val of har­vest is a big fes­ti­val for us. Jo log khaate hai, peete hain woh sab kheti baadi se juda hua hai. It’s a mo­ment of hap­pi­ness when a farmer’s ef­fort reaps re­wards.” Shar­ing anec­dotes of the fes­ti­val dur­ing his grow­ing up years in Pun­jab, he says, “To celebrate the har­vest, there used to be a fair, wherein the farm­ers would dress in their best clothes and celebrate it in full fer­vour by per­form­ing bhangra. One could gorge sweets such as lad­doo, jalebi. There were hordes of games, wrestling and kabaddi matches,” says Maan who will be per­form­ing at a Baisakhi fes­ti­val to sup­port chil­dren suf­fer­ing from cancer in Mum­bai, on April 14.

Maan adds that he would per­form bhangra at school func­tions, and win ac­co­lades for it as well. “That would give me ut­most hap­pi­ness. These are the mem­o­ries I cher­ish the most,” says the singer, pop­u­lar for songs such as Ki Banu Du­niya Da, Aisa Des Hai Mera.

He re­cently met Queen El­iz­a­beth at Buck­ing­ham Palace, and also per­formed at The Royal Al­bert Hall, Wem­b­ley Arena, Lon­don, and Madi­son Square, New York. Maan is happy that Pun­jabi cul­ture has spread far and wide in dif­fer­ent ways, through cinema and mu­sic. “Pun­jabi cul­ture saari cul­ture mein samaar ho gaya hai. There is no bound­ary be­tween Western and folk mu­sic. English ke words bhi hamare gee­ton mein aane lage hai. Unki gayak shaili mein hamare words jaane lage hai,” he says.

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