Twelfth Annual Punjabi American Festival – PAHS Press Release

Re: Twelfth Punjabi American festival
Contact person: Dr. Rajpreet Singh Dhesi

Phone: 530-304-1208
Web Site:

The Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds will host more than 15, 000 people Sunday, May 28th during the 12th Annual International Punjabi American Festival. Sponsored by the Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City, the festival is a way for those with Punjabi roots to celebrate and share their culture with fellow Americans.

Date: Sunday, May 28th, 2006
Time: 11:00 am to Sun Set
Location: Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City

The Punjabi American Heritage Society was founded in 1993 with the purpose of creating a better understanding amongst different people living in this area and to educate children about their ancestral roots. In the past twelve years, many events have been organized to improve awareness and to educate fellow Americans.

At this year’s festival, hundreds of local performing artists, including students from California schools, colleges and universities, will perform traditional Punjabi dances such as Bhangra, Giddha, Jhumar, Malwai Giddha and other ethnic dances. In addition, vendors will be on hand providing many Punjabi and South Asian delicacies.

This year’s festival will highlight performances by internationally acclaimed artists such as  K.S. Makhan, Comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, Balvir Boparai, Surinder Shinda, & more.

Festival will also feature documentaries the Widow Colony, Punjabi Cab and Sikhs in the City. The Widow Colony: 70 minutes

The Widow Colony accesses the current living conditions of the widows and the orphans, of the Delhi Pogroms of 1984, where thousands of innocent civilians were brutally murdered with the help of the political leadership and state agencies.

The interviews with the widows reveal that even though they have learned to continue on with their livelihood, a large part of their psyche remains trapped in 1984. With their families torn and traumatized these widows and children live in a segregated ghetto of New Delhi, Tilak Vihar. They have been fighting for justice for 21 years and now their children fight with the problem of drugs and unemployment. The perpetrators of these crimes remain free, the victims remain forgotten. This documentary was recently premiered in New Delhi and very received by people of India

For more information: Please call Siri Pritam Kaur Khalsa @ 530-632-5315 for sponsorships, Satnam Tatla @ 530-315-1248 for booths and exhibits, Hardeep S Dhadli @ 530-682-2102 for tickets and for participation may send email to Harjeet Singh at

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