February 27, 2018 | 3:32 pm
The students were invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Amritsar Cup Gatka Games. Initially, we thought we were participating in a Nagar Kirtan, but it turned out it was a competition!
We arrived around 3pm in the hot sun and were served an almond–based drink, some rice and coffee. Around 4:30pm the event started. After an Ardas and the blowing of various horns, we were the first to demonstrate our skill. The students formed a circle, recited their invocation over the blaring music and began. Mukhia Jethadar Gurprakash Singh facilitated the sparring and even got in the circle himself. Gurprakash Singh, who organizes these events for the students, always stresses the importance of giving the students these opportunities to participate with the local culture and improve their skills.