Friday, October 20, 2006

Spaña Palooza 2006

View from the SEVA booth.
Setting up our tents. SEVA purchased one more tent and 3 tables for this event. We are still working on becoming non profit and we currently fund ourselves.

Deva Singh and Satgurprasad Kaur serving food.
Prabhu Singh Satgurprasad Kaur and Deva Singh serving food.

Diego, one of the main organizers of the Spaña Palooza event.
Speaking with a visitor to our booth. He's trying a jujube (known as ber in India).
Sita Kaur giving a free massage.
Prabhu Singh and Deva Singh, served food until every bit of what we brought had been distributed. Surprisingly there were several vegetarians at the event that were pleased to get food from us. The organizers brought hamburgers, we brought a local favorite (frito pies).
Serving food.
Gurudaya Kaur standing in the shade of our tent as she helps at the boys and girls club booth.
A nice young man that came to visit our booth who recently moved to Española and had learned about Sikhs on the internet. In the forground are the jujube (ber) fruit.
Patwinder Kaur giving a free massage in the background and Guruatma Kaur smiling in the foreground.
Sita Kaur and Patwinder Kaur giving free massages.
We handed out flyers with a picture of local Sikhs and a few sentences describing who Sikhs are. It was in English on one side and in Spanish on the other.
Some of the crowd enjoying the skate park and the concert.
Some performers doing a rap.
The skate park.
In addition to the people skating and standing there some bleachers in the background where more of the crowd hung out.
People watching performances.
More of the crowd.
People skating.
Hari Singh was the main liaison for SEVA while others attended to other duties.
Kartar Kaur giving a free massage while Prabhu Singh rests after serving the last of the food.
Sita Kaur giving a massage to another masseuse (Patwinder Kaur) towards the end of the day before our gatka performance.
The set up for the bands.
The above picture and following pictures are pictures of the crowds that watched a gatka performance given by local Sikhs.

Spaña Palooza 2006 - gatka performance

Towards the end of the event, we did a gatka performance. The performance was really well received they cheered so much and afterwards children and teenagers came up to us asking to learn something about gatka and to look at our swords.
Hari Bhajan Kaur and Guruatma Kaur sparring.

Gurujot Singh doing an approach to his shasters.
Deva Singh held the shasters as Gurujot Singh did his approach.
Demonstrating gatka.
Gurujot Singh and Prabhu Singh doing gatka.

Gurujot Singh and Prabhu Singh sparring.

Gurukirin Kaur demonstrating the chakar.

Gurujot Singh sparring with Gurukirin Kaur.

Also during the gatka performance Guruatma displayed her skills with fire sticks.

Siri Chand Singh demonstrating gatka.
Gurujot Singh and Siri Chand Singh sparring.

Several people demonstrating gatka at once.

Siri Chand Singh demonstrating the chakar.