First White House Celebration Of Birth Anniversary Of Guru Nanak Dev, Founder Of Sikhism

December 12, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

'Welcome to the White House' was the greeting with which Christina M. Tchen, head of the White House office of Public Engagement office, greeted a room full of Sikh men with all kinds of colorful turbans and ladies with traditional Punjabi dress, gathered to celebrate Guru Nanak's birth-anniversary for the first time on Friday afternoon. She reiterated, 'This is your White House and this first event is the just the beginning and it will be part of many gatherings of your community here. We want to you stay in contact with us." 

Senior officials at the White House greeted 125 Sikhs at the entrance to the White House complex. The program, which began at 3:15 pm, started with a Sikh prayer by Sarabjit Singh, Granthi of NY Gurdwara in Glen Cove in Long Island. He offered prayers for President Obama and his administration in addition the prayers for the well-being of entire humanity. 

Traditional Kirtan with harmonium and tabla was performed by Ragi Nirmal Singh Nagpuri, and Sukhjeevan Singh of the Golden Temple, India, and translation of hymns was provided. They were accompanied by talented Tabla player Sucha Singh of Jalandhar. In addition, Guru Sangat Singh and Gursangat Kaur, American Sikhs sang a song of Nanak in English which was accompanied by Guitar. This event was organized by the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) in partnership with the White House and had invited the Sikh representatives from all over the country. Dr. Rajwant Singh conducted the stage and Paul Monteiro introduced all the participants from the White House.