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KVIE Public Television Celebrates Sikh Culture with Special Program on Baisakhi Day

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    SACRAMENTO, CA April 13th – KVIE Public Television, serving the Central Valley and Sierra, celebrated the Sikh community in northern California on a Baisakhi Day with a special airing of three documentaries "Sikhs in America", Meet the Sikhs and Understanding of Sikhism in a class room setting. All these documentaries are available on single DVD from along with a book: Universality of Sikh Religion by Jaspal Singh Mayell.

    "Sikhs in America" has been nominated for an Emmy. The 26-minute PBS documentary profiling the Sikh community in the United States will air nationwide in May as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and will be broadcast on KQED on May 19th at 7.30 PM. KQED covers most of the Bay area. The program takes an in-depth look inside the Sikh community with its religious and cultural practices, social and family traditions, and economic and work life.

    Beautifully shot in high-definition video, this documentary follows Sikh families in Yuba City, Sacramento, Fremont, and Livingston, California. "Sikhs in America" provides a portrait of what it means to be a Sikh in the US today, examines their journey from immigrant farm worker to business owner within a single generation. The documentary shows how Sikhs balance their cultural traditions while also participating in the American dream.

    Through seeing different scenes of Sikh life such as a family sharing a meal and praying together in their home temple, to an elaborate Sunday service at a Sikh gurdwara, the viewer takes a glimpse into this beautiful and distinctive culture. The documentary also features a Sikh wedding, a Sikh summer camp for children, the tying of a Sikh turban, and an exciting Sikh sports game called Kabbadi, similar to American football.

    The program offers an intimate look into the homes and temples of Sikh Americans. As part of his religion, college student Jaskarn Singh Johl does not cut his hair, and demonstrates before the camera putting on his turban. "It makes me proud that I'm following our gurus the best I can."

    Produced by local producers Marissa Aroy and Niall McKay, the documentary is narrated by NPR Radio host Sandip Roy. The Punjabi American Heritage Society helped make the program possible with production funding. Dr Jasbir Singh Kang, founding member of Punjabi American Heritage Society was invited as special guest during KVIE' annual fund drive on April 13th, which also coincided with Baisakhi celebrations world wide. Dr Jasvinder S Badwalz was also present in studio along with 14 Sikh Student volunteers who helped with the fundraising efforts of KVIE. These fund raising drives help KVIE to produce similar kinds of educational programs.

    For more information, contact KVIE Public Television at 916/929-5843 or visit

    Dr Jasbir S Kang along with David Hosley and Kevi Smith Fagan in KVIE Studio

    Jasvinder Badwalz with student Volunteers.
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