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2nd Annual Sikh Heritage Fund Gala Celebration



Baird Auditorium & Rotunda
National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution
10th and Constitution Ave. NW

When: Saturday, June 15th, 2002
What: Dinner, Lectures, and Performances from accomplished people in the fields of business, arts, academia and dance.


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Free Morning Lectures 10am-12noon


Gurmeet Rai
Conservation architect based in New Delhi. Having worked in the field of conservation in Punjab for over five years now, she has extensively documented historic buildings in the state. As the Managing trustee of the Punjab Heritage Preservation Trust, she is pursuing the idea of developing a comprehensive database of historic buildings in Punjab. She also plans to work towards disseminating information on Sikh historic buildings and the need to preserve them.

Amandeep Singh Madra
Author, Warrior Saints
conducting book signing after lectures

Bhagwant Singh Kaillon
Sikh Poet and Historian

Dr. Jeevan Singh Deol
Coordinator, Sikh Heritage Program
Jeevan Singh Deol is a Fellow in Indian history at St. John's College, University of Cambridge. He is a specialist in Sikh history and Punjabi literature and a recognized world expert in the field of Punjabi and Sikh manuscripts.

Gala Dinner and Celebration 6:30pm-11pm


Mrs. Kavelle Kaur Bajaj
Kavelle Bajaj is a traditional Indian folk singer, well known in the D.C. area.

Avneet Singh
14 year-old Dhol Drummer performing selected Bhangra rhythms.

DANCE: The University of Maryland Girls Giddha Team

Tarlochan Singh

Vice Chairman of the National Commission of Minorities, India

Mr. Mandeep Singh Dhillon
Attorney, Latham & Watkins to speak on "Sikhism in America Tomorrow"

Drs. Amita Kaur Bhatt and Charan Singh Nandra
Members, The Sikh Heritage Foundation

FILM: Special Screening of historic Sikh film footage, discussion by Dr. Paul Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor is the Director of the Asian Cultural History Program (and) Curator of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution

VISUAL ART: Artist Manu Saluga will display modern portraits

CUISINE: Five course Indian dinner prepared by one of the top chefs in the country


Morning lectures are FREE to the public
Tickets for the evening Gala are $250 per adult; $150 per youth (29-years old and under)
Make checks payable to: Smithsonian Institution Sikh Heritage Fund
For online ticket purchases
click here
For more information on the Gala Celebration please contact
Vijay S. Chattha at 202-786-2153 mistervijay@hotmail.com



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