This year’s Vaisakhi Mela in Christchurch, which featured established stars including Garry Sandhu, Nimrat Khaira, and Ninja, and the upcoming singer and winner of Voice of Punjab competition Simranjeet, was a mix of melody and trendy. An initiative of the newly-launched The Youngsters Group (TYG) comprising six friends, the Mela saw more than 800 people in attendance. 

“As more and, more Indians are coming to Christchurch, mainly from the northern part of India, it’s events like these that make us feel more at home in New Zealand. While Ninja set the stage with his tune-with-the-times trendy Punjabi songs, Garry Sandhu enthralled the crowd with his more traditional numbers. Simranjeet and Nimrat were awesome, too,” Amrinder said.  He along with his friends Arvinder, Amitoj, Amit, Bavnesh, and Maninder formed TYG recently and plan to bring more such events to the city in future.

Amrit Singh of Value Mart—an Indian retailer and the main sponsor of the event—added, “Our goal is to support as many community initiatives as possible. When we shifted to New Zealand almost a decade back, nothing much used to happen here. Now, when our youngsters are taking the lead in organising such events, we are there to support them and give back to the community in whichever way we can.”

Mr Singh was also involved in the University of Canterbury Indian Students’ Association welcome party called Namaste 2017, which took place on March 11.

The singers have now moved on to Melbourne to carry on with the second leg of their Trans-Tasman tour.