Uttaranchal University witnessed an exciting performances of selected Punjabi folk songs and dances by a troupe of artistes from Punjab. This program was organize under the Inter-state youth Exchange program sponsored by Government of India. Artists of Punjab were led by Punjab Folk Art Centre, Gurdaspur, Punjab.
All the artists were in traditional Punjabi costumes and played their traditional instruments. They presented those Punjabi folk dances which are losing their fundamental character. The Centre of attraction was Shammi dance, based on the love-story of Shammi & Dhola; a popular folk lore of Western Punjab (Now Pakistan) and generally sung by Punjabi Women on special occasions. Second performance was a Ludhi song recital which used to be sung by Punjabi men celebrating victory in war. Artists from Guru Nanak Dev University gave wonderful performances of Giddha and Bhangra dances which compelled the audience to dance to their tunes. The spectators were charged with the excitement of these performances and many could be seen dancing with gay abandonment
On the occasion, Chancellor of the University, Sh. Jitendra Joshi welcomed the artists and presented a memento. In his welcome speech he said that these inter-state youth cultural exchange programs would continue in future as well and the University would reciprocate by sending the students of Uttaranchal University to Punjab and other states to promote the culture of Uttarakhand. Speaking on the occasion, Principal of the College, Dr. Rajesh Bahuguna declared that the endeavour of the Government to organize inter-state youth exchange program is a laudable step. He maintained that in this age of modernization, we are gradually forgetting our age-old traditions and culture which constitute the basis of glorious cultural heritage of our nation.
The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. S. C. Joshi spoke about the culture of Uttarakhand to Punjabi youth and thanked the organizers of the program He urged the artists youth from Punjab to visit the historical places of Uttarakhand to become acquainted with the local culture.
President of Punjab Folk Art Centre Gurdaspur, Sh. Harmanpreet Singh presented a memento of the Cultural Society to Chancellor Jitendra Joshi and Dr. Rajesh Bahuguna
The other distinguished guests present on the occasion were Vice Chairman, Smt. Anuradha Joshi, Abhishek Joshi, Harmanpreet Singh, Bhawna Thakur, Mr. G. P. Sharma, Prof. Vijay Raj, Prof. Pradeep Suri, Prof. D.S. Chaubey, Dr. Raj Dhar, Dr. Poonam Rawat and others.