Five eminent personalities were honoured
Ludhiana: 20 October 2016: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
Ludhiana (October 20): Organized jointly by Prof Mohan Singh Foundation (Regd) and Jagdev Singh Jassowal Trust (Regd) in collaboration with Punjabi Sahit Akademi (PSA), the 38th Prof Mohan Singh Mela took-off today with the garlanding of the statue of Prof Mohan Singh at Arti Chowk by a huge gathering of enthusiasts of Punjabi culture. The formal inauguration of the mela was held in the Punjabi Bhawan where a big gathering of people including litterateurs, singers, dhadis, acrobats, students, farmers and culture enthusiasts were present. The mela was dedicated to the memory of S. Jagdev Singh Jassowal.
The Chairman of Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation (Regd) Inderjit Singh Grewal, President, Pargat Singh Grewal, Senior Vice President Gurnam Singh Dhaliwal, the PSA President, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, Dr Surjit Singh, were in the presidium. Five eminent personalities were honoured for their outstanding contribution in their area of activity and for promoting Punjabi language, heritage and culture. A citation, a shawl, a portrait of Prof Mohan Singh, some books on Prof Mohan Singh were presented to each.
Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, a well-known litterateur, translator and agricultural scientist was honoured with Dr Mohinder Singh Randhawa Puruskar for his efforts in promoting Punjabiat through translation and serving the cause of farmers.
Shri Jatinder Pannu, a senior journalist was honoured with Dr Sadhu Singh Hamdard Memorial Puruskar, in recognition of his journalistic excellence.
Shri Sahib Thind, an NRI culture connoisseur was honoured with Mahan Parvasi Puruskar,
Shri Palwinder Singh Cheema, Arjuna Awardee was honoured with Zaildar Kartar Singh Jassowal Puruskar and Mrs Jasmin Toor was honoured with Punjab da Maan Award for her achievements in singing and cultural activities.
Dr Sukhpal Singh and Dr Nahar Singh delivered talks on ‘Agrarian Crisis, Causes and Remedial Measures’ and ‘Cultural Decline in Punjab’, respectively, which was followed by lively discussion. It was highlighted that the corporate model was influencing both agriculture and culture. Dr Swaraj Singh highlighted that philosophy was ‘the science of the sciences’ and that the prevailing crisis in both culture and agriculture could be addressed by intellectual stimulation but lamented that there was dearth of intellectual leadership in the state. Dr Anup Singh Batala said that a ray of hope always existed.
Several other activities including a Kavi Darbar dedicated to Prof Mohan Singh, Dhadhi and Kavishari Session, Qawaali by Anwar Rehmat Qawaal of Malerkotla and a play “Sunney khoohaan di daastan” by Aks Manch Samrala. Dr Surjit Patar presided over Kavi Darbar wherein poets including Trailochan Lochi, Swaranjit Savi, Jaswant Zaffar, Sukhvinder Amrit, Bhupinder, Ajit Pyasa, Sukhdev Premi, Chann Belowalia, Sandhu Batalvi, Manjinder Dhanoa, Kulwinder Kiran, Bhagwan Dhillon, among others enthralled the audience. A booklet, “Saave Pattraan Di Daastan” , carrying some selected poems of Professor Mohan Singh translated in English and Hindi by Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman was issued on the occasion.
Pargat Singh Grewal told that the Prof Mohan Singh Mela will organize several activities in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala in conjunction with the 350th Janam Utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh at Patna (Bihar) on November 19-20, which will mark the culmination of the mela.
Prominent persons who addressed the audience included Prof Gurbhajan Gill, Shri D.R. Bhatti (DGP, Retd), Dr Jasmel Singh Dhaliwal, Harinder Singh Chahal (DIG, Retd), Prithipal Singh Batala, Rajiv Lovely, Photo artist T.P.S. Sandhu, Kanwaljit Shanker, and others.
Pargat Singh Grewal and Gurnam Singh Dhaliwal, Amrinder Jassowal expressed their vote of thanks in different sessions.