Saturday, February 5, 2005
Mukesh Gautam is on a shooting spree. The glint in his eyes becomes incandescent as he talks of his pet project, Sajda. Its three episodes are already complete. Sajda, literally obeisance, is a series of compact biopics of Punjab’s cultural icons that have made contribution in the fields of poetry, music and other art forms. Sufi saints like Sheikh Farid, Bulle Shah and Waris Shah; poets of the calibre of Shiv Batalvi and Sahir Ludhianvi; and singing legends Asa Singh Mastana, Surinder Kaur and Prakash Kaur are among those being featured in this teleserial, which will highlight the journey of each personality. Many media personalities have volunteered their services gratis to the project – Hans Raj Hans, Shamsher Sandhu, Kamal Tiwari and Atul Sharma being some of them.
Another bonanza for music lovers is scheduled for February 27 when ETC Channel Punjabi Music Awards – nicknamed as Punjabi Grammy – will be held at Jalandhar and telecast live. Let’s see who the lucky winners will be.
Pyar Naal on Alpha Punjabi is becoming popular with those viewers who prefer to hear their fave songs on demand – a la Vividh Bharati. They send a letter with a message or praise to the show and the anchor Navjot Noor reads it out. Thereafter, the requested song comes on screen. In the episodes that I watched, Navjot wore traditional dresses and kept her head demurely covered. Her voice was inaudibly soft and face expressionless – like a typical bahurani. Well, the fact that this show is receiving a lot of fanmail is evidence enough that tradition has not yet been given the short shrift by a significant section of Punjabis.
Talking of tradition, Pardesan Vich
Punjabi showed a Gurdwara’s inauguration at Hounslow, UK, while
observing the mandatory Sikh rituals. And the guest of honour? The Queen
Mother herself. After the formal ceremonies amidst the chant of Jo
bole so nihaal…, she spent quite a bit of time among the kids
before leaving the place. The kids were visibly overwhelmed by the Royal