Sunday, April 8, 2012

FAZILKA HERITAGE FESTIVAL : 2nd night dedicated to Fazilka stars

Our Correspondent
Fazilka, April 7 2012

The second night of the Fazilka Heritage Festival began with students singing Padma Shri Pushpa Hans's two famous songs — "Chan kithan gujari sari raat ve" and "sari raat tera takni ha raah tarean to puchh chann ve".

The night was dedicated to Padma Bhushan late Kanwar Surinder Singh Bedi, a bureaucrat, and Fazilka-born Padma Shri Pushpa Hans.

Padma Shri Hans, a heartthrob of millions of cinema fans in the 40s and the 50s, had acted in movies and also did playback singing.

Hans contributed immensely to the cause of Punjabi folk and classical music. She was conferred the Padma Shri in 2007.

Fazilka's son late Kanwar Surinder Singh Bedi was awarded the Padma awards twice, Padma Shri in 1966 and the Padma Bhushan in 1972, for playing an important role as the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar during the two wars against Pakistan.

Besides, the organisers of the festival, the Graduates Welfare Association, Fazilka, (GWAF), honoured the chief guest at the programme on the second night, the Fazilka MLA and Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, for his key contribution towards raising the status of Fazilka sub-division to that of district headquarters, six months back.

Further, members of the Sanjha Morcha, including Sushil Gumber, Raj Kishore Kalra, Satish Dhingra, Shakti Singh and others, who led the agitation for Fazilka's district status, were also felicitated.

On the occasion, internationally famous Krishan Shant Guru Ji played guitar and his son Harsh Shant performed on tabla. Jhoomar dance performance enthralled the audience. Members of the Abohar-based theatre group, the Aks, staged a drama 'Vaapsi' (return) with the theme of quitting drugs.

GWAF general secretary Navdeep Asija said the Sunday night would be dedicated to the youth who bought laurels to this town, including magistrate Pankaj Verma, radiologist and singer Dr Vivek Kareer, Awaz-e-Punjab award recipient Gurnam Bhullar, the Voice of Punjab award winner Pardeep Sran, the Samsung Award of the year winner Nitin Setia and agricultural scientist Dr Ashok Dhawan.

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