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.

Punjabi Icon Awards 2019 - From Left to Right - Mika Singh, Charan Singh Sapra, Vicky Kaushal
Punjabi Icon Awards 2019 – From Left to Right – Mika Singh, Charan Singh Sapra, Vicky Kaushal

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.

Left to Right Vicky Kaushal Receiving the Punjabi Icon Awards 2019 with Charan Singh Sapra, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi
Left to Right Vicky Kaushal Receiving the Punjabi Icon Awards 2019 with Charan Singh Sapra, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi

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.

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Left to Right  Pretaam Singh, Ranveer Brar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Karan Singh Thakral, Jaspal Bindra at Punjabi Icon Awards 2019
Left to Right Pretaam Singh, Ranveer Brar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Karan Singh Thakral, Jaspal Bindra at Punjabi Icon Awards 2019

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.

Left to Right Harmanpreet Kaur awarded by Simran Charan Singh Sapra
Left to Right Harmanpreet Kaur awarded by Simran Charan Singh Sapra

Singer Mika Singh sang some popular Punjabi songs and got Vicky Kaushal and Charan Singh Sapra dancing on the same.

Simi Chandoke (Journalism)
Simi Chandoke (Journalism)

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.”

Charan Singh Sapra and Vicky Kaushal dancing on Mika Singh's Punjabi Songs at Punjabi Icon Awards 2019
Charan Singh Sapra and Vicky Kaushal dancing on Mika Singh’s Punjabi Songs at Punjabi Icon Awards 2019

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.