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Shaam -e- Panjab - II

One Panjab and Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, collaborated to knit together an evening where eminent people from Punjab expressed their views.

The “One Panjab” project aims to understand the history and culture of the undivided Panjab from both sides of the border and share it with a global audience. On this auspicious occasion the 'Sanjha Panjab Award' 2022 was presented by One Panjab to Mr. Khushi Mohammad and his team from Charda Panjab for keeping alive and preserving the 'Naklia' tradition, and to the Baba Fareed Book Foundation, Lahore from Lehnda Panjab for their work in preserving the Punjabi language and culture of undivided Panjab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Chief Guest, prominent writer, and journalist Prof. Gulzar Singh Sandhu, along with Punjabi writer Dr. Davinder Saifi and veteran journalist S. Kanwar Sandhu, were kind enough to grace this occasion with their presence. The guests were escorted to the hall where the event was organised after a lite tea and snacks.

The program started on a very positive note with young lady cadets (LC) speaking on the role of brave women of not only Punjab, but of India who have proved their mettle. With the guidance of Maj. Gen. IP Singh, the LC’S spoke on the role of inspirational women through the ages like Rani Jind Kaur, Ahilya Bai Holkar and Rani of Jhansi among others. One of the Lady Cadets read a self-composed poem in Punjabi that won the hearts of the audience. One Panjab volunteers gave the audience a swift introduction about the One Panjab project. The message of director was shared with guests.

Dr. Kanwalpreet Kaur moved the audience by reading an excerpt from her book 'Looking back at the Twinkle' and Poetess Lily Swarn recited her Nazam. Among all these polished talents the show stopper was young writer Sachvir Singh Baidwan, a student at St. John's High School, Chandigarh who read a self-composed poem 'The Turmoil.’

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Shaam -e- Panjab - I

One Panjab team organized Shaam-e-Panjab event on 26th March at Polo Cafe, Gurugram to celebrate 300 years of Waris Shah. It was an open mic event where the participants shared their stories, songs and poetry remembering the Sanjha Panjab and Sanjhi Virasat of Great Sufi poet Waris Shah. It was one of a kind event to remember and cherish the heritage and legacy of Sanjha Panjab. Waris Shah was a prominent Punjabi Poet of Chisti order, the year 2022 marked his 300 Birth Anniversary. He was born in Jandiala Sher Khan, Punjab which is in present day Pakistan in 1722.

 

He is renowned for immortalising the love of Heer-Ranjha in the traditional folk story of Punjab. His qissa 'Heer' is considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature. The story has been retold by many writers in different languages through ages but Waris's 'Heer' become a classic.The Sufi poet studied under the famous teacher Hafiz Ghulam Murtaza, although he acknowledged himself as a disciple of Pir Makhdum of Kasur. Waris Shah died in 1798 when he was around 92 years of age. His mausoleum is a place of pilgrimage today especially for those in love, located in his hometown of Jandiala Sher Khan, 14km from Sheikhupura .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event was attended by people from all walks of life, there were children, young and elderly present. The show inaugurated with the welcome speech by Prof. Sarab Singh Nagra- the visionary behind One Panjab. The Participants recited the famous poems of Waris Shah, Bulleh Shah and Amrita Pritam. The elderly present also shared their family’s stories and struggles during the Partition of 1947, the great tragedy of Punjabi people as it divided them into two different parts. It created a great divide among the people of land who for centuries lived together and shared their culture, customs and practices with harmony.

 

The evening was filled with Nostalgia, longing as well as happiness as everyone felt so close to their homeland- Punjab in a Metropolitan city of Gurugram. Two youngsters entertained everyone by Singing Bulleh shah’s Kalaam. The event was graced by the presence of honourable dignitaries - the founder of Nihal foundation, Prof. Asha Jassal , Prof. Vibhas Verma, Prof. Christine, Mr. Irinder Singh Trustee of Hemkunt Foundation,  and Gurshahi Team.

One Panjab and Polo cafe team organized for delicacies from West Punjab – Shekhupura Samosas and lahori Channe. It was a memorable evening which filled everyone’s heart with joy and happiness.

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Essay Competition

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31st July 2021

One Panjab is encouraging students to share the stories about the partition of India (Panjab and Bengal) told by their parents and grandparents in the form of an Essay. 

Last date to register - 31st July 2021

Essay Guidelines:

  • Language: English

  • Word Limit: 2500 to 3000 words

  • Font & Font Size: New Times Roman | 12

  • Line Spacing: 1 

  • Entries should be emailed to onepanjab@nihalfoundation.in with email subject as "Partition Essay competition - Student Name".

For more details email us at onepanjab@nihalfoundation.in  or contact

Navjot Kaur: 9999748496
Sashikant Dewedi: 7210929043

Storytelling Competition

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31st July 2021

We are holding a storytelling competition for everyone and anyone who has a story to share. The stories should be based on the undivided Panjab or during the partition of India describing their experience, emotions and memories of Panjab that represents oneness. 

Top 25 stories will be published to commemorate 75th anniversary of Partition in 2022 by One Panjab press and each story will given a certificate of merit and appreciation letter. The best submission shall be turned into a form of a video and research topic. We encourage you to send this to people of groups who you think might be interested. 

Last date to register - 31st July 2021

Essay Guidelines:

  • Language: English

  • Word Limit: 2500 to 3000 words

  • Font & Font Size: New Times Roman | 12

  • Line Spacing: 1 

  • Entries should be emailed to onepanjab@nihalfoundation.in with email subject as "Partition Essay competition - Name of the writer".

For more details email us at onepanjab@nihalfoundation.in  or contact

Navjot Kaur: 9999748496
Sashikant Dewedi: 7210929043