Borderless is a celebration of pre-partition Punjab. Before invisible lines laid down by the British divided Punjabi’s, we lived together, we laughed together, we cried together and were a part of each others 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, Punjabi’s in the Diaspora still have Punjab imprinted on our souls. We experience the pull of the land, feel the whispers of breeze from the fields and hear gentle the 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 Bhangra, and MC’d by Mo Dhaliwal. In a time that there is so much division and discrimination, so much hate and mistrust; Folk Lok Live: Brotherhood will spread the message of love and unity. We will come together and share our stories and let that imprint on our Soul shine and our Spirit dance together.
Govt of Canada – Govt of BC – BC Arts – City of Vancouver – City of Surrey
GTV – Channel Punjabi – Sawraj Radio – Red Fm – Chardikala – Akal Guardian
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 Narriotor: Mo Dhaliwal
Poem by: Harpreet Kang
Singer: Vijay Yamla and Prince Tejay Singer
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