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Chicago, April 07, 2012:

PCS Chicago, The Punjabi Cultural Society presented their flagship annual event “Rangla Punjab 2012” to celebrate Vaisakhi festival on Saturday April 7, 2012, at Copernicus Theater in Chicago. More than 250 performers rendered 30 delightful variety acts in a show attended by more than 1500 guests.

Mrs. & Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini of Advanced Pain Management Clinics in Wisconsin were the chief guests.

The program included Bhangra, Gidha, Punjabi songs, music, poetry, recognition of sponsors, guests, and the P.C.S. officials including the 2012 new board of directors.

Bhangra and Gidha artists of all ages ranging from talented young boys and girls to exceptionally entertaining adult artists in a variety of colorful costumes from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa performed their best on stage.

Very well choreographed and energetic college bhangra teams “University of Chicago Bhangra,” Illinois Institute of Technology “Tech De Fateh,” University of Illinois Chicago “UIC Bhangra,” “DePaul University Bhangra,” and Iowa State University Ames Iowa “I.S.U. Bhangra” were a delight to watch.

The Gidha dance moves by the colorfully dressed ladies from “Milwaukee Gidha” Team performed with a serious message to stop female infanticide, and “Gidhe Diyan Ranian,” the young Chicago gidha team, and “Shaunkanna Chicago Diyan” won the hearts of the audience.

PCS vice president Surinder Singh Sangha welcomed the audience. The program opened with singing of a prayer “shabad” by a group of young children, "O, God give us the gift that we never turn away from doing the good deeds." (Deh Shiva Bar mohe ihe, shubh karman te kabhu na taron)

The program divided in four segments was emceed by Mona Bhalla, Harpreet Singh Grewal, Thakar Singh Basati, and Gurmukh Singh Bhullar. 

Sajid Caudhary entertained the audience with Punjabi poetry.
Siobhan & Mehervaan Henegan and Mona Bhalla rendered melodious Punjabi songs.
Vaisakhi festival is the celebration of ending of harvest season, and beginning of a new year. It's a symbol of renewal.

Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) has been organizing this traditional Punjabi cultural program "Rangla Punjab" for more than two decades. This is the single largest annual Punjabi cultural event in Chicago area that show cases the Punjabi performing arts and promotes the local community talent. It's purpose is to impart Punjabi culture into our next generation born and brought up here in America. It is also to unite the community living here through a common cultural celebration.

"My daughter Harleen learnt her first bhangra steps at Rangla Punjab and now she is the captain of University of Illinois Chicago Bhangra team," said Mohinderjit Singh Saini of Palatine who is also on PCS board of Governors.
P.C.S. also recognized its permanent Board of Governors and Board of Advisors.

 P.C.S. Board of Directors for 2012 as announced are Dr. Amarjit Singh (Hon. Chairman), Baljit Singh Sidhu (President), Surinder Singh Sangha (V. President and Finance Secretary), Pardeep Singh Deol (Executive Secretary), Harpreet Singh Grewal (Sports Director), Gurmit Singh Dhillon (Youth Director), and Vick Singh (Inter-community Director).
The immediate past president Balwinder Singh Girn was honored with a plaque for his excellent services by the chief guest Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini.

President Baljit Singh Sidhu and the PCS officials honored the Chief guests Mrs. & Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini with a plaque for his continuous support to P.C.S. Dr. Saini appreciated the work of PCS and it’s dedicated board members.
The Sikh Religious Society Palatine President Harkirat Singh Sandhu made an appearance and conveyed the Vaisakhi greetings to the audience and congratulated PCS for the good work.

Irene Cualoping, Managing Partner, ENERI Communications, did a walk-on to make a special announcement at this year’s Rangla Punjab. ENERI has been one of PCS’ partners over the years on different projects. Cualoping said that it was “always great to feel the energy in “this theater” at “this event.”

She shared that this year, ENERI Communications will be proudly presenting “Music on My Mind,” the release of the 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Commemorative Bookmark, in Chicagoland. ENERI will be honoring Asian Pacific American musicians, musician professionals, and just a few select groups.

Cualoping said that she has “long been in awe of the wonderful and consistently terrific standard of work that PCS does to promote dance and music,” and that she was “so happy to announce that PCS is one of the honorees,” on this year’s bookmark. 10,000 commemorative bookmarks will be printed and distributed all over - through community groups, schools, libraries and governmental entities. Prominent musical artist and filmmaker Tatsu Aoki will be presenting a short video tribute featuring the honorees.   

The press conference breakfast release ceremony, will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at Pasteur restaurant, 5525 North Broadway Avenue, Chicago.
Bookmarks will be available through PCS while supplies last.

The program was sponsored by Advanced Pain Management Milwaukee, Dr. Narinder S. Grewal – California, Dr. Amarjit Singh, Sarwan S. Tiwana, Dr. Harjinder S. Khaira, Balwinder S. Girn, Bibi Bhagwant Kaur Sidhu, Lovedeep S. Dulat, Nimrata K. Singh, Mohina  & Diljit Ahluwalia, Somo Aurora & Parmjit Pamma, Jatinder Dhillon, Ragbir Singh, Nick Gakhal, Bhaura Transport - Indianapolis, Jasbir S. Deol, Harinder Singh MITS, Amritpal S. Sangha, Hardial S. Deol, Dr. Sarabjit S. Bhandal, Baljit Sidhu, Lakhwinder S. Sandhu, Gurmukh S Bhullar, Surinder S. Sangha, Lakhvir & Jassi Sahota, Nidhan Singh. Sukhmel Singh Atwal, Jarnail Singh Lail, and Kohl’s among many others.

The program was organized by Baljit Singh Sidhu, Surinder Singh Sangha, Pardeep Singh Deol, Gurmit Singh Dhillon, Harpreet Singh Grewal, Vick Singh, Balwinder Singh Girn, Parminder Singh Ghotra, Thakar Singh Basati, Manjit Singh Gill, Sukhmel Singh Atwal, Mohinderjit Singh Saini, Harwinder Paul Singh Lail, Sunny Kular, Onkar Singh Sangha, Jasbir Singh Palia, Bhinder Singh Pamma, Amarjit K. Atwal, Ronny Kular, Yadwinder Singh Grewal, and Rajinder Singh Mago.
The young community children performers were trained by many P.C.S. volunteers and item coordinators who worked hard for the last three months. The coordinators include Bibi Sukhdev Kaur Ghuman, Kevin Atwal, Harkirat Sethi, DJ Saini & Dilpreet Grewal, Jeetu Kaur & Gursimran Singh, Pardeep Singh Deol & Taranpreet Singh Nagra, Gagan Singh & Monika Singh, Sukhvinder Kaur & Harbhajan Kaur, Nisha Saini, Navreet Kaur Henegan, Ranjani Logaraj, Jagdish Kaur Dhaliwal & Jay Singh, Amrit Kaur Thind & Navjot Kaur Sandhu, Lovedeep Singh Dulat, Beant Kaur Virk, Sukhvir Kaur Dhillon, Puneet Kahlon & Manpreet Kaur, Vicky Singh, Prabhpal Kaur Sandhu, Harleen Kaur Saini, Rajpreet Dhaliwal & Sukhwinder Kaur, Neha Patel & Gaurav Gaonkar, and Sarthak Mishra.

Many youth volunteers also helped in organizing and running the show including Sukhwinder Kaur, Amrit Kaur, Jeetu kaur, Nisha Saini, Ajay Bhangu, Harjot Uppal, Bikram Chohan, Jaskarn Saini, Robin Ghotra, Amrit Girn, and Gurpreet Girn.
 The theater stage was beautifully decorated by Silverleaf Events and Wedding Designs Inc.

The VIP dinner was served by K.K. Pamma and the participants refreshments by Manpal Singh Grewal.
The next P.C.S. participation programs are: “Passport to the World – India” at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier on May 20, 2012 when free busses will be arranged to take the community members to Navy Pier.
The upcoming P.C.S. organized events are "Punjabi Youth Graduation & Scholarship Night" on June 17, 2012 at Viceroy of India Banquets in Lombard, IL. All the Punjabi graduates are requested to register with PCS.
 "P.C.S. Sports Festival" including a basketball tournament is slated for July 28 and July 29, 2012 at Community Park, Addison IL.

The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, good citizenship, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area.