Lake View Terrace, Calif. — Punjabi singer-actor Gurdas Maan delivered a power-packed performance during the Punjab Mela 2014 at Hansen Dam here July 26.
Organized by the Festival of India Association in collaboration with the Punjabi Heritage & Cultural Society, the open-air event featured booths of clothing, costume jewelry and food.
Maan, one of the most prominent figures in the world of Punjabi music, performed on a large stage set up in the middle of the area and surrounded by 40 booths. The singer is in California as part of his 10-city North America “Jogiya Tour,” which ends in New York on Aug. 16.
More than 10,000 people braved the scorching heat to attend the mela, whose doors opened at 5 pm.
The show kicked off at 7 pm with a performance by 10 to 12-year-old kids from the Bollywood Dance Group. The second act was by local vocalist Sahyba, who sang a beautiful medley of Hindi movie songs.
The show was then taken over by popular Punjabi anchor and singer Satinder Satti, after which Maan had the audience on their feet with his energetic performance of his much-loved songs, which made the evening a memorable one.
Maan first shot to fame with his hit number “Dil Da Mamla Hai,” after which he went on to sing tracks like “Mamla Gadbad Hai” and “Chhalla.” In a career spanning more than three decades, Maan has recorded over 34 albums and written more than 305 songs.
Besides singing, Maan has also acted in Bollywood, Hindi and Tamil films including “Shaheed-E-Mohabbat” and “Waris Shah – Ishq Da Waaris.” The award-winning singer has also had the rare opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Punjab Mela, whose chief guest was sponsor Dr. Baljinder Grewal, ended with Satti returning for a second round of singing, with which people took to the stage to dance.
Maan is set to perform in a concert at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts in San Jose, Calif. on Aug. 9. The show is presented by Jai Masta Di Entertainment & Master Deepak Ji, in association with Miss Duniya Corporation.