BBC Asian Network rolls out Vaisakhi plans


In the lead up to the religious Sikh festival of Vaisakhi next week, legendary and award-winning Punjabi music icon and actor Gurdas Maan will be joining presenter Neelu Kalsi live in the studio on the ‘Asian Network’s Punjabi Show’, Friday 10th April between 20:00 and 22:00.

Gurdas will be speaking to the Asian Network about his music and life as well as what Vaisakhi means to him. Callers will also have the opportunity to put their questions live to Gurdas and speak to the legend himself.

With international hits like ‘Dil Da Mamala’ and ‘Apna Punjab Hove’ and numerous successful albums to date there is no question that Gurdas Maan is one of the most respected and talented Punjabi music icons of all time. Having toured the globe and entertained audiences with his lively performances, Gurdas has taken Bhangra music from a regional level to an international stage with his own inimitable style.

Other Vaisakhi Highlights on the Asian Network include:

– Gagan Grewal – Monday 13th April, 18.00 – 20.00
An extended Bank Holiday show where Gagan plays your favourite Punjabi music requests plus the best bits of Friday’s Gurdas Maan interview.

– Devotional Sounds – Tuesday 14th April, 05.00 – 06.00
A live Vaisakhi special presented by Ravinder Singh Kundra who tells the spiritual story of Vaisakhi and celebrates with a variety of devotional sounds.

– Gagan Grewal – Vaisakhi Party, Tuesday 14th April, 17.00 – 20.00 Bhangra legend Channi Singh alongside daughter Mona Singh will be live in the studio, celebrating the day with a feast of musical Bhangra sounds, chat and special features, including Asian Network DJ Noreen’s audio diary where she finds out how Vaisakhi is marked and joins in on some of the special rituals observed.

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