On the occasion of Baisakhi, the Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board hosted the Punjabi Icon Awards and honoured the eminent Punjabi Achievers of various fields. The event was spearheaded by the President of Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board (PCHB), Shri Charan Singh Sapra.
The programme saw an electrifying musical performance by Bollywood Playback Singer Jassi Gill where the crowd was seen dancing all along. Also, Punjabi singer Babbal Rai sang some Baisakhi songs and the Punjabis couldn’t stop themselves from breaking into bhangra. The stunning Satinder Satti hosted the evening.
The chief guest of the evening was Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Cabinet Minister of Punjab and the guest of Honor was Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, UPS Madan.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Punjabi Icon Awards that were given to Punjabis who have excelled in their respective areas of expertise.
This year award recipients present at the event were Bollywood Actor Mr. Vicky Kaushal, Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar, Sports Icon Harmanpreet Kaur – Former Captain Women Cricket, Playback singer Mika Singh, Simi Chandoke – Journalism, RJ Pritam Singh – Host & RJ. Other eminent awardees were Karan Singh Thakral – Global Icon, Onkar Singh Kanwar – CMD, Apollo Hospitals and Jaspal Bindra – Chairman, Centrum Group.
Singer Mika Singh sang some popular Punjabi songs and got Vicky Kaushal and Charan Singh Sapra dancing on the same.
Shri. Charan Singh Sapra said “Baisakhi being the beginning of harvest is also considered as the New Year of Punjabis across the Globe. It feels good to see Punjabis and non-Punjabis enjoy Baisakhi together with so much affection and enthusiasm. Every year we make sure to celebrate our culture with these festivals.”
Baisakhi is a Punjabi festival that farmers traditionally observe as a thanksgiving day by expressing their gratitude for the abundant harvest and for praying prosperity in the future.