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Baisakhi Celebrations Hosted at the Embassy Residence on April 18

Embassy of India hosted a reception on April 18, 2015 to celebrate Baisakhi. The festival symbolizes the harvest season, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. It also marks the founding of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh.

Over three hundred guests including prominent Indian American community leaders, doctors, engineers, lawyers, bankers, scientists, and other professionals attended the celebrations.

Hon'ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Hon'ble Minister of Environment and Forest Shri Prakash Javadekar participated in the celebration and greeted the Community.

Brig. Ashok Dhingra welcoming the guests at the 'Baisakhi' celebrations hosted at the Embassy Residence on April 18.
Invocation by Bhai Kirpal Singh of the Sikh Foundation of Virginia, accompanied by Bhai Onkar Singh and Bhai Karam Singh.
Guests in attendance.
Welcome Remarks by Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
Address by Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Corporate Affairs and Finance, Mr. Arun Jaitley.
Address by Minister of State for Environment, Forests & Climate Change (Independent Charge), Mr. Prakash Javadekar.
Citation from Maryland Governor presented to Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
Speech by Dr. Manmohan Singh Kumar, Sikh scholar.
Song performance by Meenu Sidhu, Meenu Chadda, Jasbir Kaur, Alka Batra and Pushpinder Singh Narula on Dholak.
Guests in attendance.
Punjabi songs by Mr. Raj Niger.
Guests in attendance.
Giddha dance performance by a Team of students from UMD. The team consisted of Jasleen Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Sahana Sinnarajah, Misha Chowdhary, Upinder Dhaliwal, Swapnika Madhavaram and Milana Paul.
Guests in attendance.
Bhangra dance performance by the Team 'Richmond di Raunak'. The team consisted of Sukhmani Dhillon, Mohith Dhillon, Manpreet Kaur, Rishma Singh, Yashnoor Sandhu, Aadi Sharma, Sanjeet Grewal and Mehtaab Khara.
Guests in attendance.
Bhangra dance performance by the Team 'Richmond di Raunak'. The team consisted of Sukhmani Dhillon, Mohith Dhillon, Manpreet Kaur, Rishma Singh, Yashnoor Sandhu, Aadi Sharma, Sanjeet Grewal and Mehtaab Khara.
Guests in attendance.
Vote of Thanks by Mr. Baljinder (Shammi) Singh, Baltimore Sikh Gurudwara
Guests in attendance.
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