Festivity was in the air, and it was time to connect to one’s roots, traditions, culture and the colours of Teej. Punjab Arts Council celebrated ‘Teeyan Teej Diyan’, as part of the unique series ‘Pind Waajan Marda’ at Biroki Kalan in Mansa. The series, conceptualized and designed by Satinder Satti, Chairperson of the Council, is an attempt to bring people across Punjab, especially in small towns and villages, on a common platform, and give them a glimpse of Punjab's rich customs and traditions.
Teej is a festival which celebrates the onset of monsoon, was traditionally a festive time for women to come back home to their parents, sing, dance, wear beautiful traditional clothes and eat specialties of the monsoon with their family and friends.
As part of the celebrations, Biroki Kalan was replete with colours, spaces dressed up in colours associated with the culture of Punjab. From swings decorated with flowers, folk dancers and musicians filling the air with their moves and music, as many as five thousand women in lovely costumes, bangles, parandis, joined the celebrations, with mehndi applying, charkha and dance competitions adding to the festivities.
For many young men and women there, this occasion was a chance to be re-introduced to the many traditions associated with Teej. One of the highlights of the programme was a live performance by living legend Gurmeet Bawa, who had the audience completely mesmerized with her voice and songs.
“The idea of organizing this festival is to connect to our roots as many villages are turning into cities. We need to look back at our rich past and its many wonderful facets. Teej was a festival when girls would go back to their homes and celebrate the season with their families. Our effort is also to bring to the people of cities closer to forgotten folk traditions and give performers a platform to showcase their art all across Punjab,” said Satti, adding that celebrating these festivals helps in the preservation and promotion of our arts, with ‘Teeyan Teej Diyan’ going places in the coming few weeks.