Fashion show was cerograph by Naiha Walia and Sim Multani. The excitement of a fashion show in Teeyan da Mela byRicha Agnihotri e-retail website GetEthic.com electrified the air. While on one side spectators prepare to enjoy the procession of cutting-edge ensembles, on the other hand models, choreographer and designer prepared themselves to deliver a show, which would put the momentum of the event on a different level.
Chicago IL: Punjabi American Organization (PAO) organized their 12th annual, a knockout event, Teeyan Da Mela held on Sunday – July 24, 2016 at Waterford Banquet, 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL. This program was dedicated to Bibi Jaswant Kaur Dhaliwal mother of Sardar Dhaliwal from Milwaukee. Darshan Singh Eagerly awaited event is showcased for “Ladies only” where even very bashful timid ladies have opportunity to come forward and show their hidden talent. Teeyan is an honorable word in Punjabi Culture which gives a great reorganization and respect to women as mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law.
Teeyan is the dance festival of Punjabis, celebrated by women in the month of Sawan. One sees the finest Giddha performances as a part of the festival celebrations. The festival continues from the 3rd lunar day in the month of Sawan till the full moon day. Punjabi Americans Organization aims to promote unity and progress and preservation of age old rich culture and tradition of Punjab. Main purpose of holding this type “ladies only” annual event is to render house confined women a setting to bring out their uninhibited talent and nostalgia and an opportunity to meet with the community exhibiting their mesmerizing dresses, ornaments and talent.
This year event took place under the leadership of Naiha Walia, President of PAO. Naiha is a member of PAO from the time this organization started. She is the first youngest woman President of any such organization in Midwest Area. PAO is very proud of honoring a young lady with such an honorable title, so that ladies not only serve our community but also preserve and propagate our Punjabi tradition and culture.
The banquet hall was crowded with over 500 attendees composed of ladies and children dressed in multicolored Indian time-honored clothes. The organizing Committee welcomed the audience and thanked all the sponsors for their generous donations. The event started with the traditional open Dholki, where the audience was invited on to the stage to participate in group singing of Punjabi traditional opening “Saun da mahina” songs. This was followed by dynamic MC and Punjabi singer, Deepika Singh who took the stage. She is from Van cure Canada, Actor, Singer and excellent Master of Ceremony. Cultural vibrant Dance Punjabney Shaukeen Kudiye was performed by Noor, Amneet, Seerat, Shubreet, Jasmine and Aman. Next, singers from Midwest region Mrs. Pooja Dhaliwal, sing song “Saanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aavey”entertained the crowd by their on stage talent. Followed by Pooja Dhaliwal there was Dance by Saroj Berry and Dhol Play, and Two Songs by Sabrina Sappal. Sabrina Sapal she is young tenanted girl came to entertainment to Chicago. She rising star among youngster
This year PAO introduced ‘Mrs. Punjaban contest determined by individual personality, beauty and talent. Total 7 contestant participate for Mrs. Punjaban Contest. Jeewan Dhami, Gurjit Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Prabh Khiara, Satinder Kaur, Simran Kaur and Jas. First (winner) Mrs. Panjaban name is Prabh Khaira and Second winner (runner up) is Simran kaur. Prabh Khaira won the crown of Mrs. Punjaban.
Models walked the ramp with a mixed blend of custom designed outfits and dresses which had Swaroski work, hand embroidery, detailed thread work, crystal stone patterns, gotta patti by elite designers of GetEthic.com. Beautiful and budding models namely Avneet Singh, Gurneet Singh, Mehar Parmar, Karen, Hundal, Jazmin Diaz, Hannah Singh, Aman Natt, Jasmine Kaur, Seerat Kaur, Simran Walia, Simran Khanna, Samar Kaur sparkled with their amazing catwalk and attitude on ramp. Fashion show displayed outfits such as stunning suits, spectacular sarees, splendid lehengas, trousseau collection and heavy pure silk gorgeous bridal wear as the showstopper worn by none other than Ms Illinois.
Teeyan Da Mela Organizing Committee was called on stage and reorganize. Hooray goes to Teeyan Da Mela organizersMinni Multani, Sukhi Singh, Naiha Walia, Raj Mago, Aarty Singla, Manisha Garg, Jasmeet Suga, Kamal Hunjan, Satinder Kaur, Pammi Sangha, Navjot Bajwa, Naina Singh, Pinky (Asha) Walia, Renee Gakhal, Vipan Kaler, Pooja Dhaliwal and Gurdeep K. Multan
After Organizing Committee reorganization Jaggo and Gidha Open for audience. Dhol Play by Sabrina Sappal Boliyan, Deepika Singh & Sabrina Sappal. Gidha or traditional group folk dance won all the audience heart. This event was performed by magnitude of ladies of all age group from audience. Deepika Singh worked diligently in encouraging participation from the audience the action was augmented and coordinated by rhythmic music by music by D. J. All ladies enjoyed tireless dancing and enjoy this sunny summer Sunday evening until the curtain fell.
Organizers decorated the event hall with Punjabi pupates, saris, and other traditional Punjabi dresses as well as with colorful clothes, flowers, and garlands. It appeared like a rainbow spread across everywhere in the event hall. The gathering of huge crowds around the stalls of henna, bangles, facial makeup, and Indian dresses really gave the feeling of traditional Indian fair. As soon as attendees entered the event hall, the decorated swing caught the eyes of every one and reminded them of their home in India. There were different stalls for Mehndi, Jewelry, Gift Items, Punjabi Suits and Kurtis. In addition to Giddha, Dholki, singing and dancing with live music, delicious Indian snacks and delicious gourmet lunch was served.
There kind of shows can only take place with the financial support from community and local business. This year Chief Guest was Mrs. Debra Dhaliwal and Grand sponsor was Mrs. Debra and Mr. Darshan Dhaliwal. Teeyan Da MelaSponsors was called on stage and reorganize with award. Mrs. Renee and Mr. Nick Gakhal, Mrs. Minni and Mr. Guizar Multani – Pan-Oceanic Eng, Mrs. Amrita and Mr. Paul Dandona – Tri-Star Group, Mrs. Jasmeet and Mr. Jasbir Suga – Suga Builders, Mrs. Satwant Kaler – Kaler Brothers, Amardeep Lamba Agency – Farmers Insurance Group, Mrs. Sukhi and Mr. Jesse Singh – Broker Realtor Re/Max, Mrs. and Mr. Paul Khaleel – Indiana, Mrs. Balwinder and Mr. Bhajan Kalsi – Kalsi Construction Co, Mrs. Meera and Mr. Balwinder Singh – Chicago, Mrs. and Mr. Jaggi Madhok, Mrs. Rupi K. Attal and Mr. Savi S. Attal, Mrs. Manjit and Mr. Gurdev Pelia, Mrs. Gurpreet and Mr. Sohan S. Gill- Iowa, Mrs. Joti and Mr. Mac Bhamra, Mrs. Neetu and Mr. Nick Gilzian, Punjab Sports Club and Mrs. Pooja Dhaliwal’
Food was catered by India house Restaurant.
Organizing team did exceptional first rate job by putting tireless efforts to make the event a grand success. This event show that every women, like Goddess or Devi as in Mythology, are very capable of multi-tasking like working in and out of the house, cooking, earning, caring for family, getting involved with others in the Community helping in every part of life and given opportunity, are also capable of having excitement. Kudos to All.
Up Coming Event for Punjabi American Organization will be Diwali Night on October 2016