Preet Nagar comes alive with songs of love and the traditional arts during Maa Boli Mela
Preet Nagar, the contemporary rural utopia, came alive on Saturday with the traditional arts, and songs of love, spirituality and ‘Punjabiat’ that resonated through its lanes during the 10th Edition of the Annual Maa Boli Mela organized by Spring Dale Senior School to instill love and pride for Punjabi culture and language among the masses.
This year, besides Spring Dale Senior School, the event had Gurbax Singh Nanak Singh Foundation as its co-host. Preet Nagar, the home of renowned Punjabi litterateurs and a former hub of various activities related to Punjabi language, literature and culture, was designated as the apt venue for the 10th Edition of the Maa Boli Mela, to lend poignancy and deeper significance to the event that aims at upholding the honor of the mother tongue.
Furthermore, Spring Dale Senior School has a long-standing association with Preet Nagar, in recognition of which consistent efforts are made to revive the old glory of the place through visits by students for class projects, developing and promoting a website dedicated to Preet Nagar and collaborating on various other events as Saanjh: Amritsar- Lahore Peace Festival.
Mesmerizing Bhangra and Giddha performances by the students of Spring Dale Senior School to the accompaniment of the pulsating beats of the traditional ‘dhol’, set the tone for the event, which witnessed some spirited competition in quiz, poetry recitation, calligraphy, rendition of Sufi and folk songs. Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Chief Patron, Punarjyot, and Director, Spring Dale Educational Society, presided over the event.
Approx. 170 students comes from 19 schools in the district participated in the event. To afford the participating teams a fair chance to win, Spring Dale Senior School, as per its tradition, did not compete.
Divine Public School, Batala bagged the first prize in Quiz, Millenium School in Poetry Recitation, Spring Dale Senior School & Harkrishan Public School, Sultanwind Gate, Amritsar was first in Calligraphy, Millennium & Saint Jospeh Alied School, Jandiala Guru School won the first prize in Sufi Singing, while Ram Ashram & DAV International School bagged the first prize in Folk Singing. Rich tributes were paid to legendary Punjabi novelist Nanak Singh on this occasion.
Stating that Maa Boli Mela is not just a platform to celebrate the richness of Punjabi language and culture, Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the event also endeavors to explore the avenues of promotion of Punjabi language especially with the onset of digital technology, internet and other media, all of which are taking a toll on the regional languages.
Mr Sharma said, “In view of the increasing proclivity for digitization, efforts are required to give a digital touch to our Punjabi language to keep it alive in the hearts of techno-savvy people which will definitely safeguard and promote our Mother Tongue.” He particularly lamented the degeneration Punjabi Maa Boli through pop-culture, particularly those using derogatory words, which celebrate wasteful machoism and vulgarity through music albums so popular among the youth.
Dr. Kirat Sandhu Cheema expressed her sense of pride at the effort of the school to continue their endeavour of promoting Punjabi Culture which was initiated by her parents. Mr. Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Chairman, Spring Dale Educational Society, averred that Spring Dale Senior School always stands for the good causes and efforts will always be made to support such initiatives. He also thanked the participating teams for their overwhelming response to the event, Maa Boli Mela.
Spring Dale Senior School