“Over centuries many preachers, saints, gurus, bhakts and sufis have walked across the land of India preaching the message of love, brotherhood and enlightenment. This criss-cross has left a rich spiritual legacy in the country, something we are all proud of,” Geetanjali Gupta, secretary at the department of art, culture and languages, said.
“This festival is a celebration of the practice of reciting the words of the revered Sikh gurus. This is an integral part of Delhi’s composite culture,” she added.
Gupta also pointed out how kirtan has been assigned a prominent status in the Guru Granth Sahib. “Today singing the compositions of the Guru Granth Sahib has become a common spiritual practice among Sikhs across the world. Gurbani is hence a unique blend of sacred verse and music,” she said.
“We intend to give the people of Delhi a spiritual experience that will be worth remembering. We also intend to keep the tradition alive and respected through this festival,” she added. Punjabi Academy Delhi after independence emerged as a cosmopolitan city of diverse cultures and languages. It has always been the endeavor of the Delhi Administration to provide all possible facilities for the development and promotion of different languages and projection of the composite culture of Delhi.
Thus, the Delhi Administration established the Punjabi Academy in September, 1981 to propagate and promote Punjabi language, literature and culture as an integral part of composite culture of Union Territory of Delhi. Ever since its inception the Academy has been playing a catalytic role in the proliferation of Punjabi literary and cultural activities.