PTC MUSIC AWARDS: A Fun Night With The Great Sukshinder Shinda

And Friends Balvir Boparai and Aman Dhaliwal!

What a musical treat! Taking a break from the wedding celebrations – attended the PTC Punjabi Music Awards with the great Sukshinder Shinda, who beat out many top vocalists to win the Best Vocalist for his hit song Rog, which was filmed in beautiful BC. It’s always good times with Shinda ji – he has an infectious, charming and warm personality and he loves to laugh. I told him that I laugh ten times more when I’m with him. This year we did a trek together with our buddy Bobby Nagra to Squamish which was the highlight of our summer and a very memorable. At PTC, we had a tonne of fun meeting all the Punjabi music stars from Hans Raj Hans who received the Lifetime Achievement honours to Manmohan Waris who was also honoured. Met many others like Ranjit Bawa, Parmish Verma, Roshan Prince, who was there with Vancouver businessman Daljit Thind, who is producing the music star’s upcoming film Munda Faridkotia. The highlights of the night for me was Shinda Ji getting the big award and a tantalising and delicious performance by my favourite female Punjabi singer Jasmine Sandlas, who was on fire. The worst performance of the night was by Punjabi rapper Bohemia, you couldn’t hear what the hell he was rapping. But Sandlas made up for him as her vocals were cutting right through the body. Overall a great night capped by a dinner and Haldi Milk at a Five Star hotel in Chandigarh courtesy of Shinda Ji. My time in Chandigarh reminds me of the tag line from my upcoming feature film DESI ANGREJ: The Fusion Generation: “The time to Party is Now!”

About the Author

Raj Paul Dhillon is an award winning journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his second National Best Editorial Award from the National Ethnic Media and Press Association of Canada, presented to him by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 21, 2010 in Toronto. Aside from an extensive writing/editing work with a number of newspapers and magazines (currently the editor of the South Asian LINK newspaper, the oldest South Asian newspaper in Canada), he has also done freelance writing for mainstream publications like The Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight newspapers. He holds a degree in Communications and in Film from Simon Fraser University.

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