New Competition – Soccer Shootout!
Northridge, California – Once again, the students of USMF stole the night with their spectacular performances. On April 24th, 2012 USMF hosted their 4th annual Talent Show. While we all know how amazingly talented these students are when it comes to kirtan and bhangra, Saturday night, they were given the chance to show off their other […]
Sylmar, California- After many years of volunteering, the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation is back at it once again with a trip to the Sylmar Homeless Shelter, featuring USMF’s very own students providing entertainment for the less-fortunate! Volunteering at the homeless shelter gives us, as Sikhs, an opportunity to give back to a community that is […]
On April 30th, 2011 USMF hosted their 3rd annual Talent Show. The turn out was magnificent and the students of our school showed their talent through various skits in Punjabi, songs, bhangra performances, sports demonstrations and much more. This gave the kids an occasion to showcase everything they have learned throughout the year and other […]
New Competition – Soccer Shootout!
Northridge, California – Once again, the students of USMF stole the night with their spectacular performances. On April 24th, 2012 USMF hosted their 4th annual Talent Show. While we all know how amazingly talented these students are when it comes to kirtan and bhangra, Saturday night, they were given the chance to show off their other talents. From a cappella singing to violinists to Bollywood dancers, the audience was kept constantly entertained. Even our three year old singer sounded absolutely amazing, as did everyone else. And of course, who could pass up the chance to see our very own Bhangra teams perform?
For weeks the children have been putting their best efforts into practices and rehearsals, aiming for the best performance possible at the talent show. And every one of them definitely succeeded. Everyone present was of the same opinion; the show was a spectacular event. Not only were all the students able to show off their remarkable talents, it was also another fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together and appreciate everything that these children have achieved. Can’t wait for next year’s show!
Avneet Khurana, Copyright © 2012
Sylmar, California- After many years of volunteering, the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation is back at it once again with a trip to the Sylmar Homeless Shelter, featuring USMF’s very own students providing entertainment for the less-fortunate! Volunteering at the homeless shelter gives us, as Sikhs, an opportunity to give back to a community that is commonly shunned and looked down upon by society, raising morale and letting them know that there are individuals out there willing to acknowledge their existence and support them in their future endeavors. Also, volunteering gives our students a chance to create a sense of humility within themselves, and allows for direct exposure to a core principle of Sikhi: Dasvand, the concept promoting giving back.
This year, USMF put together over 130 “goodie bags”, consisting of day-to-day essentials, and made/served food to 150 people! Along with these treats came something truly special: performances by the very own students of USMF. This year’s performances included a singing duo, violin, acapela sung in both Spanish and Punjabi, and Bhangra!
Although the Sylmar Homeless Shelter is only open during winter-time, we are still proud that we can make an impact on other people’s lives. We greatly appreciate any and all contributions made towards this event and others, and would like to thank all of the students and families that took the time out of their hectic schedules to come and show support for the needy.
We hope to see you there next year!
Gurchit Singh, Copyright © 2012
(Sunnyvale, California) – On Saturday September 17, 2011, over 450 enthusiastic community members participated in the Sikh Coalition’s first annual Bay Area 5K for the 5Ks Walk/Run. Participants ranged from infants in strollers to energetic grandparents in their nineties. The event surpassed all expectations for celebrating the Sikh identity and raised over $55,555 for the Sikh Coalition. Thank you walkers/runners!
18th Annual Sikh Children’s Day
Saturday July 30th, 2011
On Saturday, July 30th, 2011, the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation celebrated the 17th annual Sikh Children’s Day competition at The Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, California. More than 200 children registered for this annual event. Every year, Sikh Children’s Day is celebrated in memory of S. Ujjaldidar Singh; a bright, young, Amritdhari gursikh who was tragically killed in an unfortunate accident in July of 1993 at the age of 16. He was a beloved and cherished member of the Sikh Sangat of Los Angeles. Ujjal loved being an Amritdhari Gursikh, above all else. Keeping this in mind, and to spread his love for Sikhism throughout the world, many members of the Sangat, along with his family and friends decided to create Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation. Currently, besides hosting the annual Sikh Children’s Day competition, the Foundation operates the USMF Punjabi School, located in Granada Hills, CA and also takes part in countless community service and cultural events throughout the year.
On the morning of the competition, participants, along with their families, started arriving as early as 7AM. Even at this early hour, the youngsters seemed bright eyed and eager to start the competitions. Many arrived in their beautiful cholas and dastaars while others wore the cool blue T-shirt which carried the message, “Sikhi Meri Jaan Hai”. This message signifies the importance of Sikhism in a Sikh’s daily life. It reminds us that Sikhism is not just a religion to be read about and discussed, rather it should be a way of life for all Sikhs. By 8 AM, the parking lot was packed with cars and vans bringing children from all over California, and beyond, for this very special event.
At 8 am, various competitions started simultaneously in three halls. The Kirtan competition, as always, proved to be a very challenging one. All the age groups, except 0-6, were encouraged to sing in Raag. Each group, starting with 7-10, was given a certain Raag, in which they were asked to prepare their Shabads. The results were just incredible as one after another, the youngsters took the stage and enthralled the amazed Sangat with their impeccable understanding of Raag and their melodious Shabads sung in beautiful voices. Even the judges, most of whom were professional ragis and experts on the various Raags, had to shake their heads often at this unbelievable display of professionalism from these youngsters. The group Kirtan Competition, held at the end of the day was truly inspiring. The youngsters in the groups looked beautiful in their colorful “uniforms” mainly of orange, blue and white. Each group had a number of Harmonium players, and Tabla players as well as other accompanying instruments such as the Sitar and Violin. The participants awed the judges and Sangat alike as they displayed their vast knowledge of Kirtan, Raag, Sur and Taal. The large diwan hall was filled to capacity as these youngsters delivered the guru’s message to the sangat with their beautiful voices.
The Tabla competition was equally inspiring and kept the Sangat glued to their ‘seats’. Judges and many members of the sangat could be seen tapping along on their knees as they watched this incredible group of youngsters perform the rhythmic, and very difficult, taals that they had, no doubt, practiced for countless hours. Some of the participants chose to recite the taals as they played. Once again, the judges, all of whom were professionally trained Tabla players, were astonished by these youngsters’ performances.
The Kavita and Speech competitions also left the judges and sangat speechless. It was hard to believe that youngsters ranging in age from two to 20, born and raised in this country, could speak so eloquently, and with so much knowledge and power on the difficult topics that were assigned. Many members of the sangat were moved to tears as children, as young as 2 years of age, walked up to the podium and displayed their knowledge of the various topics through speech and kavita.
The Gatka and Basketball competitions were, as always, a success as children waited in long lines for participate, oblivious to the heat of the summer day. The young Gatka players looked beautiful in their Cholas and dastaars as they displayed their amazing Gatka skills to the judges and the Sangat members who stood watching. The basketball competition, once again, was a great hit with younger and older participants alike.
About 100 participants took part in the 3 Gurbani categories— Reading, Understanding and Recitation. Participants in the Gurbani Understanding competition were asked to translate various parts of the different Banis. The judges were in awe as the youngsters demonstrated their vast knowledge of the various Banis. In the Gurbani reading and reciting competitions, youngsters displayed their knowledge of reading and reciting (out of memory) as many banis as they knew. Judges were pleasantly surprised as many children, as young as three, knew all the banis and could recite them without any help. They were also impressed with the Punjabi reading level of children who were as young as 5 years of age.
At the end of the long day, youngsters from cities all over California and beyond, gathered in the main Diwan hall to take home the well deserved trophies. First, Sardar Sarbjit Singh, the Master of Ceremonies at Sikh Children’s Day each year, announced the names of the three highly accomplished scholarship recipients. They were Harnoor Kaur from Anaheim, Kiranjit Kaur from Clovis, and Jasmeet Kaur from Granada Hills.
After the Scholarship distribution, Sarbjit Singh, with his enthusiastic nature, went on to announce the winners of each competition. As Sarbjit Singh announced the names, Sardar Jaswant Singh Ji, a prominent member of the Fresno Sikh community who teaches Gatka and Kirtan to the Sikh youth, handed out the well-deserved trophies. The list of winners, for all categories, can be found on our website; www.ujjal.org.
In the end, we would like to thank the many, many individuals (volunteers, judges, parents and participants) who, every year, unselfishly, put aside their commitments on this day in order to make this event a great success. We would also like to thank all the parents and teachers who spend countless hours to prepare the children for the various competitions. May Waheguru Ji continue to bless you all. For more information about Sikh Children’s day or other activities of the Ujjaldidar Memorial Foundation, please visit us at www.ujjal.org or call the sewadars of the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation at 818-773-0161. See you all next year.
We have a few updates!
First of all, an article about Kikli was written on SikhChic.com and Sikhnet.com and we loved it!
Kikli has received so much support from everyone and we want to thank our children and their parents who have supported this project the entire way through. The demand for the books and cd’s is so overwhelming and we are trying our best to make them available to everyone.
In order to help make this great project available to more kids and create some incentives, Kikli has started a new program called “Adopt a Box.”
If you pre-pay and adopt a box of our wonderful book, “Ik Chota Bacha & Other Sikh Nursery Rhymes,” we’ll give you 5 free books for you to keep or give to someone you care about. Or, You can choose to donate the savings to your local Khalsa School, camp or organization.
More information about this program and the entire Kikli Project are available at www.kiklikids.com.
Again, thank you for all the support!
On April 30th, 2011 USMF hosted their 3rd annual Talent Show. The turn out was magnificent and the students of our school showed their talent through various skits in Punjabi, songs, bhangra performances, sports demonstrations and much more. This gave the kids an occasion to showcase everything they have learned throughout the year and other talents that they wanted to present. Not only was it a great opportunity to build the self-esteem of kids to perform in front of their family and friends but the talent show brought together everyone that has been involved throughout the years making USMF such a success. Look at the bottom of this post for pictures and the video collage presented from this years talent show!
Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, parents, and guests! The night would not have been possible without you!
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Video Collage Presented at the Talent Show
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Kikli and Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation proudly introduce their first book and CD, “Ik Chota Bacha & Other Sikh Nursery Rhymes.” This set contains 10 wonderful songs that share timeless Sikh values.
The children of USMF bring these Panjabi poems to life by singing them in their beautiful voices to the tune of popular nursery rhymes. The creative author of these kavitas is Jagdeep Singh, and Arshveen Gadhok captures the spirit of each poem through her colorful and vivid illustrations.
Ik Chota Bacha & Other Sikh Nursery Rhymes includes 10 kavitas and aims to pass along important Sikh values to future generations. Register with us and you will be the first to know when the book is ready for shipping.
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For the past few years, many teens and sevadars have been going to the LA Marathon to volunteer and hand out water to the participating runners. This year we had more than 3 stations setup throughout the 26 mile route which starts at Dodger Stadium and ends in Santa Monica. It was a great opportunity for the LA Sikh Sangat to make a presence and interact with many other volunteers and runners.
For the past few years young adults from Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation have been getting together and volunteering at the Sylmar Homeless Shelter. It’s a great opportunity to help out the local community and families in need by interacting and getting to know the struggles that these men, women and children face everyday.
This particular shelter is only open during the winter. In the past we have volunteered about 5 times per year by making and serving hot meals to more than 100 homeless men, women and children during the tough winter season.
We’ve received great support and sponsors in the past and since the shelter is closing at the end of winter, USMF kids prepared and handed out bags containing snacks and toiletries along with performing Bhangra and singing for them. The entire shelter was ecstatic and it brought smiles to everyones faces. We wanted to give the homeless something to raise their hopes and we definitely did!