Dave Passi, President of Indian Seniors Group-Hornsby and his team organised Shan-e-Punjab-2 program at the Seniors Leisure and Learning Centre, Epping, after a gap of three years on 6 August 2017.
The program was based on folk melodies and Bhangra songs of legend singers of Punjab, namely Jagjit Singh, Asa Singh Mastana, Surinder Kaur who are not with us any more. Also Punjabi songs of Mohamad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar Bollywood singers, Noor Jahan a popular Pakistani singer and Runa Laila Bangladeshi singer were included.
The lead singers were Vinod Kumar Rajput, Seema Bhardwaj, Amrita Kohli and Surinder Singh. The music was provided by North Shore Band Baajaa. Mr. Passi has always been looking for an opportunity to help and/or entertain senior citizens. He migrated to Australia 45 years ago from India, when there were only few Indians in Sydney including Gurcharan Singh Sidhu and Shan Ruprai, who attended the program. Their team at that time performed the very first dance in the mail hall of Opera house at their inaugural function. Vinod Kumar Rajput and the team sang some popular songs such as “Balle Ni Punjab Diye Sher Bachiye”, “Mele Nu Chal Mere Naal Kude”, “Suhe Ve Cheere Waleya Main Kehni Aan”, “Pyaar De Bhulekhe Kinne Sohne Sohne Kha Gaye”, “O Channa Kithan Guzari Aai Raat Ve”; “Lambi Judaai” and “Dma Dum Mast Kalandar”, and many more old popular songs.
There were some close to 150 people who enjoyed the program. The audience was thrilled with joy when a team of JAGO lead by Kanchan & Dave Passi arrived on the stage.
The Jago team performed fantastic Bhangra dance on the tune of “Jatta jag bai aa hun jago aai aa” sung by Vinod Kumar Rajput and his band. All singers and volunteers were honoured.
Also 78th birthday of Pushap Lata Sharma was celebrated by cutting the cake.
Refreshment were served in the end.
The audience had lots of fun, and Dave Passi did an awesome job organizing this event. It was an amazing experience that will always be remembered and we look forward to next year’s show.