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US Ambassador in London hosts Vaisakhi celebrations

First ever Indian festival, Vaisakhi, hosted by the US Ambassador in London on 14th April, 2008.


Bhangra dancer at the US embassy

A golden milestone was reached in the great history of the Sikh community and their rich heritage, when the US Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle hosted the Vaisakhi festivities at the heavily-secured American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London. The iconic event, the first ever of a Punjabi festival to be celebrated in the premises of the US Embassy, was organised in close collaboration with Raj Loomba, of the Loomba Trust for the education of children of poor widows in Punjab and other states of India.


L to R: Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, J S Taunq, J S Sachar, Barrie Walkley, Raj Loomba, H S Luther, Ranjit Singh OBE and Resham Singh Sandhu

A Punjabi himself, Loomba was in the forefront while the ceremony was conducted in the auditorium of the Embassy. The day’s events started with a lunch given by the Ambassador for 15 selected invitees including Mr Loomba, Mrs Monika Mohta, Minister Culture Indian High Commission and Resham Singh from The Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society, Leicester, who was the other co-host of the event. It followed with the formal launch of the festivities by Ambassador Tuttle, who praised the Sikh and Punjabi communities. The cultural programme was performed by a Bhangra Group from Leicester and the programme concluded with Punjabi refreshment, which was served in the main hall of the Embassy.

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