November 3, 2017, Ludhiana; Celebrating the 438th Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev ji, an apex body of CBSE schools, Sahodaya School Complex (West) organized a shabad gayan competition on the theme of the Guru’s message of Pawan Guru Pani Pita Mata Dharat Mahat. This contest was hosted by Amrit Indo Canadian School campus in collaboration with EcoSikh. Over 225 students and 15 schools from Ludhiana, Mullanpur and Jagraon recited the hymns glorifying the vision of our Gurus to conserve the environment.
President EcoSikh (India), Supreet Kaur commended the schools, “Hundreds of students performed and exhibited their sentiment for the planet, today we feel we have accomplished another milestone.”
Hymns like jo bolat hai mrigh meen pankheru so bin har japat hain nahi hor… and mauli dharti maulya akaas spoke high about the bounteousness of the mother earth and brought in frame the need to protect all life on earth.
The panel of judges included famous raag geniuses, Harminder kaur, retired Principal of Master Tara Singh College, Avtar Singh, a master of Tabla instrument and the Head of Music Instrumental Department from Master Tara Singh College and Harmeen Kaur, Head of Vocal Music Department, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town Ludhiana.
Principal Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy, Jaskiran Kaur stated, “the competition was organised by the aim to sensitize the young brains with the age old wisdom of the Sikh gurus to protect the nature. Guru Nanak recited the Aarti of the universe. The seventh Nanak, Guru Har Rai established gardens, herbal parks and wildlife sanctuary and contributed for conservation. The very existence of sarovars all symbolises a very straightforward Sikh guideline towards sustainability of the planet.”
EcoSikh presented bamboo planters and certificate of appreciation to each of the school teams and the students and invited them to participate in the annual World Sikh Environment Day on March 14 (some page news etc). Since 2010, EcoSikh has been promoting Sikh teachings on environmental preservation through its various programmes. EcoSikh’s gurbani compilation booklet on nature, Eak Bageecha was shared with the participating teams.