W.J. Mouat Secondary, Abbotsford student, Victoria Gill attended Friday night’s Vaisakhi and Cultural Fashion Show. More photos at Facebook.
Rick Hansen’s Vaisakhi show got underway 7p.m. Friday night. Majority suited up in cultural attire and filled the gym with bright colors that instantly brought the event to life. They succeeded expectations as the show reeled in close to 250 attendees.
First to perform were drumming students from Eugene Reimer Middle School. A group from Harry Sayers performed an upbeat dance routine, keeping spectators entertained following the school’s kindergarten gidda performance. “The kids were super cute and the style of dance was cool” said student Mind Yangpaiboon.
Next to rock the stage was grade 12 Rick Hansen student Harinder Sahota with a dance routine in which he was able to blend his cultural roots with a modern style. Jaskarn Sahota, a grade 10 student also from Rick Hansen kept the crowd buzzing as his singing and dance performance was very entertaining.
After a brief intermission, the fashion show began which showcased a variety of beautiful traditional Indian clothing.
Many other dance groups from Dave Kandal, Blue Jay and Reimer also took the stage throughout the evening and did not disappoint.
An outstanding closing performance by the Bhangra Beat Academy wrapped the show up nicely. The event was very family oriented and was quite enjoyable.
Rick Hansen principal David de Wit wore a kurta payjama (a traditional Indian men’s outfit) and stated, “It was great to celebrate with so many different schools.”
Amrit Dosanjh, a key organizer in the show said that on behalf of the school she’d like to thank all their sponsors and those who came out to support this multicultural event. The proceeds will be divided between the school`s Ecuador project and their Punjabi program.
The event was sponsored by; Sabzi Mandi, Quality Gold Jewellers, Super Veggie Pizza, India Book Store, Bourquin Printers and The Abbotsford News.