PRAYERS, FOOD AND FUN: MEM­O­RIES OF BAISAKHI

Singer Gippy Grewal would sing prayers and make sure his rel­a­tives praised him

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It’s Baisakhi to­day, and singer-ac­tor Gippy Grewal (above) takes a trip down mem­ory lane and re­calls how he used to spend his day cel­e­brat­ing the fes­ti­val. “We used to wake up early in the morn­ing, go to the gu­rud­wara, and get ready for Na­gar Kir­tan. Ev­ery­one would visit houses in the neigh­bour­hood and kids would get money as a re­ward for singing re­li­gious songs,” re­calls the ac­tor. Gippy also shares he would en­sure that all his rel­a­tives lis­tened to his songs. “I used to col­lect at least `400 to 500 ev­ery year on Baisakhi. I would sing prayers and make my rel­a­tives stand around me, and made sure that they praised my songs and later gave me the re­ward also,” quips Gippy, who has es­tab­lished him­self as a singer in Pun­jabi as well as the Hindi film in­dus­try.

On whether he still man­ages to take out time to go back home and celebrate the fes­ti­val with his fam­ily, Gippy shares, “I make sure I go to the gu­rud­wara wher­ever I am. Some­times, my sched­ule gets very hec­tic. This year, if my sched­ule al­lows me, I will take a break and celebrate Baisakhi with my fam­ily.”

The ac­tor’s film re­leases on the Baisakhi week­end, and Gippy couldn’t be hap­pier. about this. He hopes that just like Bol­ly­wood, Pun­jabi films should also re­lease on fes­tive week­ends. “I think it should hap­pen. It is a big cel­e­bra­tion in Pun­jab and even big­ger, over­seas. And some­times, we also get a long week­end, which of course helps the film,” says Gippy.

This year, if my sched­ule al­lows me, I will take a break and celebrate Baisakhi with my fam­ily GIPPY GREWAL, AC­TOR-SINGER

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