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Folk Lok Live|Borderless| 2019

February 7, 2022

Borderless is a celebration of pre-partition Punjab.

Before invisible lines were laid down by the British divided Punjabis, we lived together, we laughed together, we cried together and we were a part of each other's story. Our daily lives, our daily rituals, our traditions and our dreams were rooted in the same soil. Our love stories carried the same sweetness, our struggles shed the same tears, our songs told the same stories and our bodies moved to the same beats.

Seventy years after partition and oceans away, Punjabis in the Diaspora still have Punjab imprinted on our souls. We experience the pull of the land, feel the whispers of the breeze from the fields and hear the gentle laughter of waves on the banks of the rivers. What we forget is that we share the same sweet memories with our neighbours. The Punjabi spirit doesn’t recognize state lines that divide; it still dances to the same dhol and tumbhi on both sides of the border.

Through the beauty of Waris Shah’s Heer and Bulleh Shah’s poetry, the movements of Jhoomar and Jugni, and the sound of the dhol, tumbhi and bugchu, we honour the spirit and the brotherhood of our forefathers by exploring our identity, our culture and our history pre-partition. Artistically curated by Vijay Yamla, grandson of legendary Ustaad Lal Chand Yamla Jatt and Hardeep Singh Sahota of Royal Academy of Punjab and MC’d by Mo Dhaliwal.

In a time when there is so much division and discrimination, so much hate and mistrust, Folk Lok Live: Borderless will spread the message of love and unity. We will come together and share our stories and let our Soul shine and our Spirit dance together.

Supported by: Govt of Canada – Govt of BC – BC Arts – City of Vancouver – City of Surrey

Media Partners: GTV – Channel Punjabi – Sawraj Radio – Red Fm – Chardikala – Akal Guardian

Community Partners: I learn Secondary School – Cloverdale Fuels – Jassal Signs – Manny’s Boutique – Newville Drywall – Sussex Insurance – Veggie Garden – ABC Home Automation.

Project Manager: Anita Lal

Artistic Director: Hardeep Singh Sahota

MC: MLA Rachna Singh

Event Narrator: Mo Dhaliwal

Poem by: Harpreet Kang

Singer: Vijay Yamla and Prince Tejay

Musician: Bruce Harding – Sandy – Coach Sandhu – Amarjit Valjot – Jassi Singh – Saranjeet Singh – Gurdev Singh

Dancers & Student Singers: Deeksha Arora – Gursimar Sahota – Manisha Malhi- Jevan waraich – Channel sekhon – Gurnoor pannu – Sehajmann tejay – Prableen Mal -Aditya Monga – Sharan Brar – Manmeet puri – Taran Dhatt – Ravjit deol – Sahildeep Cheema – Ishaan Singh – Himat Grewal

Specials Thanks to ( Harjot Singh Hundal)

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