Friday, 25 May 2012
Dear Members and Well Wishers,
Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia has just released The Sikh Update. It was distributed at the annual barsi in memory of Baba Sohan Singh ji Malacca, who is also a patron of the Sabha. As with the past few Sabha magazines, you can view it online at: http://issuu.com/thesikh.magazine/docs/may2012_update
Enjoy the weekend. Gurfateh.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
PHOTO: Judges at the KL/Selangor level Punjabi Bhasha Mela held in Klang.
The Annual Punjabi Bhasha Mela has taken on a regional dimension this year. It is certain to heat up the national level meet on June 2-3 when participants bare their skills at events like debating and story telling in Punjabi.
The competition is the contribution of the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia to promote our mother tongue. Taking it to the regional level has enabled more students, especially those form the smaller towns, to participate.
This year, we had many new teams taking part. Take Perak, for example. In the past, it was only Kampar and Ipoh. This year, the regional competition attracted teams from Taiping, Tanjung Rambutan, Batu Gajah, Sitiawan,
Tanjung Malim, Tapah, Bidor and Teluk Intan. Batu Pahat and Malacca joined regulars Seremban and Johor Bahru for the South Region. Selangor’s newcomer is Shah Alam while Gurdwara Sahib Pulapol is the new entrant from Wilayah Persekutuan.
The Northern Region first went regional in 2011. It was a huge success with teams coming from Penang, Butterworth, Sungai Petani, Kulim and Kangar. The 2012 Punjabi Bhasha Mela regional competitions were held in March and April.
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Kulim debating was one of the participants at the regional level Punjabi Bhasha Mela 2012. Now, we are all set for national-level Punjabi Bhasha Mela 2012. It is happeing on June 2-3 at APIIT College in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. What happens at a Bhasha Mela? Here’s some information on the individual and team events.
The youngest (lower primary) will recite Japji Sahib, the upper primary Anand Sahib, lower secondary Asa ki Vaar and upper secondary will recite from the sanchiaa of Guru Granth Sahib.
In the past years, the participants have shown a good ability to read Gurbani.
Sakhi/kahaani (story telling):
Primary students tell stories of their own choice.
Secondary students deliver speeches on topics given to them before they come to the competition. Most of them speak without referring to notes.
Tatkaali peshkaari (impromptu speeches):
Primary and secondary students deliver speeches on topics given to them 10 minutes before the competition. Teachers are not allowed to assist them. You will be amazed with the quality of presentations.
Kavita (poetry recital):
Primary and secondary students recite poems of their own chosing.
Sun ke jawab likhnaa (Listening comprehension)
Students listen to a recorded passage in Punjabi and answer questions on an answer sheet. Their listening skills are put to a test here.
Ajj di taza khabar (Today’s Fresh News):
A secondary school boy-girl team reads out news. The new items are given to them 30min before they go live. They decide how they present, who goes first, and how their interchange.
Shudh akhar jorh (Spelling bee):
The three-member primary level teams compete on their spelling prowess. First, they get easier words. The competition then heats up with bigger and more difficult words or phrases.
What do call a fan in Punjabi? That could be one of the questions in quiz, at the early level. It gets tougher. They are also tested on their Gurmat knowledge. There is one round on muhaveray (idioms and proverbs). Fan is pekhaa in Punjabi.
Naujawanaa dey jiwan sathi dhi chon maapiaa nu karni chahidi hay. Parents should select children’s marriage partners. The teams will debate on this topic for the first round. In round two, they will debate on the usage of Facebook.
If you have the time, check out the competition.