Promoting Punjab Culture: Surrey gets its first Punjabi Bhawan

Surrey Punjabi Bhavan

Surrey Punjabis in Canada  now have a place to call their own. A ‘Punjabi Bhawan’ is being constructed at Surrey, Canada, said Prof Gurbhajan Gill, the president of Maharaja Duleep Singh Memorial Trust (MDSMT), to promote Punjabi culture and heritage on foreign shores.

“It will act like a platform for retaining Punjabi culture in the diaspora settled there”, he added. It would the first of its kind in Surrey.

A Canada-based entrepreneur, Sukhi Bath, interacted with those attending the event, organized by MDSMT in collaboration with Punjabi Sahit Akademi  held at Punjabi Bhawan here.

Gill said Bath was constructing the bhawan in Canada in the memory of his father and that it would serve as a platform for Punjabis. “It is a land mark in Punjabiat,” he said.

Bath said safeguarding the richness of Punjab and Punjabiat was the responsibility of all and that endeavouring to protect our youth from treading on the wrong path was the need of the hour. “There must be enough employment opportunities for our youth,” he said, adding that they should be made sustainable right here and they should not feel the need to look for greener pastures on foreign lands.