Passport To The World India Festival at Navy Pier & Rangla Punjab 2011 press release


— On Sun, 5/8/11, PCS Chicago <> wrote:

From: PCS Chicago <>
Subject: Passport To The World India Festival at Navy Pier & Rangla Punjab 2011 press release
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2011, 4:21 AM

This e-mail contains the following info:

*Passport To The World – India Festival at Navy Pier May 15th*
*Post event press release of ?Rangla Punjab 2011?

*PCS to hosted Indian passport surrender certificate issuing camp



CHICAGO : Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) partners with Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier Chicago in organizing the PASSPORT TO THE WORLD: India Festival Celebrations. The events
are to celebrate Asian American Heritage month of May. The PCS performances are on Sunday May 15th. 2011, at 1:30 pm-3 pm. A mosaic of diverse traditions from India with Punjabi Folk Dances BHANGRA & GIDHA by PCS Children teams, Turban Tying, Mehendi, Rangoli, Bindi, and other Indian performing arts will be presented.

Admission is free on Thursday at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. , Chicago , IL . 60611, (312) 527-1000,

Free buses have been arranged by PCS Chicago through Chicago Children’s Museum to transport community members on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from Palatine and Devon Avenue Chicago to Navy Pier.
Three buses will depart at 12:00 noon from Palatine Gurdwara 1280 Winnetka St., Palatine, IL. 60067.
One bus will depart at 12:30noon from Devon Avenue Gurdwara, 2331 W. Devon Ave. Chicago , IL . 60659. (Bus loading near United Central Bank 6335 N. Western Ave. , Chicago , IL. ). Return for all buses from Navy Pier will be at 5 PM.

Please contact P.C.S. at 847-359-5PCS or any PCS Officials to confirm space on the buses.

If you are driving at your own. PCS or CCM will not be responsible for any parking cost but admission will be free if joining as a part of the parade.

Stop by PCS table this Sunday at Palatine Gurudwara to sign up for Navy Pier, PCS Scholarships, Graduation Night Class of 2011, and PCS Newsletter.

PCS Chicago will lead a procession at Navy Pier starting at 1:30 pm sharp accompanied by Punjabi folk dance performers and Dhol drums group by various community Dholi (Punjabi drummers), and street dancing starting on the south deck of Navy Pier near RIVA restaurant and ending inside Chicago Children’s museum.

The program inside the museum includes Indian/Punjabi/Sikh cultural Performances by children, playing Punjabi Dhol drum, demonstrations of how to tie a turban, and Bhangra 101 dance lessons. Bindi & Mehndi arts demonstrations will also be there.

“Passport to the World is designed to expose children to a variety of cultures and to affirm each child’s own cultural identity and ethnic heritage.” Said
Keith McCormick, CCM’s director of cultural programs. “It is our hope that programs like Passport to India help prepare young children to thrive in a world that is increasingly interracial and intercultural, and demonstrates to them that cultural differences should not be simply tolerated, but appreciated, encouraged and nurtured.”

“This is a great opportunity to share our culture and outreach to the mainstream community children who are going to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Balwinder Singh Girn, the PCS president.

For more information please contact, Balwinder S. Girn 847-947-1129, Rajinder S. Mago (630) 440-7730, Sunny S. Kular (312) 226-4425,
Baljit S. Sidhu (630) 862-0941, Parminder S. Ghotra (847) 415-3041, Surinder S. Sangha (847) 532-0610, Gurmit Singh Dhillon 847-877-6566,
Pardeep S. Deol (630) 346-7245, Arvind Gakhal 847-202-7915, Jay Sangha 815-307-5987, Amarpal S. Matharu (847) 492-9132, Jasbir S. Palia (219) 256-9428, Lakhwant Singh Komal (8847)-674-9074 or via e-mail to
or website



CHICAGO : The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) presented their annual event ?Rangla Punjab 2011? to celebrate Vaisakhi festival on Saturday April 23, 2011, at Copernicus Theater in Chicago . More than 250 performers rendered nearly 40 delightful acts in a five hour long show, attended by more than 1500 guests. Dr. & Mrs. Bhupinder Singh Saini of Pain Management Clinics in Wisconsin were the chief guests.

The immediate past, PCS chairperson Mohina Ahluwalia, and president Rajinder Singh Mago were honored with plaques for their services by the chief guest Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini.

The program included Bhangra, Gidha, Punjabi songs and music, a short play, recognition of sponsors, guests, and the P.C.S. officials including announcement of the 2011 board of directors.

Bhangra and Gidha performers of all ages ranging from talented young boys and girls to exceptionally entertaining adult artists in a variety of colorful Punjabi costumes from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa performed their best on stage.

College Bhangra teams from the University of Chicago ?Balle Bhangra,? Illinois Institute of Technology ?Tech De Fateh,? and University of Iowa ?Hawkeye Bhangra? were a delight to watch.

The Gidha dance moves by the colorfully dressed ladies from ?Milwaukee Da Gidha? Team, and ?Shaunkna Chicago Diyan,? the Chicago gidha team won the hearts of the audience.

PCS vice president Parminder Singh Ghotra welcomed the audience. The program opened with singing of a prayer (?shabad?) by a group of young children, “O, God give us the gift that we never turn away from doing the good deeds.” (Deh Shiva Bar mohe ihe, shubh karman te kabhu na taron)
Honorable Dan Rutherford the Illinois State Treasurer, a special guest of honor made the opening remarks. ?It is my 6th time at this PCS event. I have also attended PCS sports festivals. I came to you during my campaign and now that I have been elected I must come back to thank you – my friends and supporters. I really enjoy your shows and someday would love to learn Bhangra,” said treasurer Dan Rutherford.

The program divided in four segments was emceed by Mona Bhalla, Dilraj Singh Sekhon & Pardeep Singh Deol, Manjit Singh Gill, Baljit Singh Sidhu & Surinder Singh Sangha.

A short play ?Batwara? (Partition) with a message of unity was enacted by Gurmukh Singh Bhullar, Charanjit Singh, Baljit Singh Sidhu, Jasbir Kaur Man and others.

Mona Bhalla, Pammi Gill, Sukhnandan Singh Sukhi, Mahijit Virdi, Mansimran Singh, and Deep brothers Bhawandeep and Jasdeep sang melodious Punjabi songs with the accompaniment of professional musicians Hitesh Master, Ajay and Suresh.

Vaisakhi festival is the celebration of ending of harvest season, and beginning of a new year. It’s a symbol of renewal. Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) has been organizing this traditional Punjabi cultural program “Rangla Punjab” for more than two decades. This is the single largest annual Punjabi cultural event in Chicago area that show cases the Punjabi performing arts and promotes the local community talent.

?It’s purpose is to impart Punjabi culture into our next generation born and brought up here in America . It is also to unite the community living here through a common cultural celebration,? said Dr. Amarjit Singh PCS Chairman.

?Mere fact that more than 250 children were involved in showcasing their Punjabi culture is in itself a great achievement by PCS Chicago,? said Balwinder Singh PCS president.

P.C.S. also recognized its permanent Board of Governors and Board of Advisors.
P.C.S. Board of Directors for 2011 as announced are Dr. Amarjit Singh (Hon. Chairman), Balwinder Singh Girn (President), Baljit Singh Sidhu (Sr. V.P.), Parminder Singh Ghotra (V.P.), Surinder Singh Sangha (Exec. Secretary), Pardeep Singh Deol (Finance Secretary), Arvinder Singh Gakhal (Sports Director), Jatinderpal Singh Sangha (Youth Director), Gurmit Singh Dhillon (Inter-community Director).

Chairperson Dr. Amarjit Singh, President Balwinder Singh Girn and the PCS officials honored the Chief guests Dr. & Mrs. Bhupinder Singh Saini with a plaque for his support to P.C.S. Dr. Saini appreciated the work of PCS and it?s dedicated board members. Dr. Amarjit Singh pledged his support to PCS for the next ten years.

The 2011 president of Sikh Religious Society Palatine Harkirat Singh Sandhu made an appearance and conveyed the Vaisakhi greetings to the audience and said that one should be true to his or her own faith no matter what their faith is.

The program was sponsored by Dr. Narinder Singh Grewal, Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini, Dr. Amarjit Singh, Jaidev Singh Bhattal, Nimrata K. Singh, Mrs. Bhagwant Kaur Sidhu, Mohina Ahluwalia, Jarnail Singh Lail, Harinder Singh M.I.T.S., Amrit Mittal (NY Life Insurance), Jasbir S. Suga, Amrik Singh (Amar Carpets), Kashmir Singh, Dalbir Singh, Jarnail & Joga Singh (New Hampshire), Lakhvir & Jassi Sahota, Dr. Harjinder Singh Khaira, Dr. Kamaljit Singh Girn, and Balwinder Singh Girn among many others.

The program was organized by Dr. Amarjit Singh, Balwinder Singh Girn, Baljit Singh Sidhu, Parminder Singh Ghotra, Surinder Singh Sangha, Pardeep Singh Deol, Arvinder Singh Gakhal, Jatinderpal Singh Sangha, Gurmit Singh Dhillon, Thakar Singh Basati, Manjit Singh Gill, Sukhmel Singh Atwal, Mohinderjit Singh Saini, Harwinder Paul Singh Lail, Sunny Kular, and Onkar Singh Sangha, Jasbir Singh Palia, Bhinder Singh Pamma, Amarjit K. Atwal, Ronny Kular, Yadwinder Singh Grewal, and Rajinder Singh Mago.

The young community children performers were trained by many P.C.S. volunteers and items coordinators for the last three months, and many volunteers helped in organizing and running the show including Navjot Singh Multani, Jeevan Singh Gill, Puneet Singh, Sukhwinder Kaur, Amrit Kaur, Jeetu kaur, Nisha Saini, Puneet Singh, Navrang Bajwa, Bikram Chohan, Jaskarn Saini, Robin Ghotra, Amrit Girn.

The next P.C.S. participation programs are: ?Passport to the World ? India? at Chicago Children?s Museum at Navy Pier on May 15, 2011. ?Asian American Festival? at Daley Plaza Chicago May 16 to 20, 2011.

The next P.C.S. organized programs are “Punjabi Youth Graduation & Scholarship Night” on June 12, 2011 at Viceroy of India Banquest in Lombard, IL. All the Punjabi graduates are requested to register with PCS.

A two day sports event, “P.C.S. Basketball Tournament” on August 6, 2011, and “P.C.S. Sports Festival” on August 7, 2011 including Kabaddi, soccer, volleyball tournament, track and field activities, fun games and food at Centennial Park, Addison IL.

The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, good citizenship, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area. For further information please contact:
P.O. Box 1244 , Palatine , IL 60078
Ph: 847-359-5727, Fax: 847-359-1107
e-mail to
PCS website


About preetlari

"Preetlari", Punjab's magazine established in 1933 and published from Preetnagar, Dist. Amritsar. S. Gurbaksh Singh founded the magazine and also the model village, Preetnagar. The magazine is running in its 78th year and since last year is being taken by nearly 20000 primary and upper primary schools of Punjab ,too.

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