Punjabi, Kirtan, Tabla and Gatka Classes
Punjabi Classes at 6pm throughout the week
The Gurdwara Sahib offers small group Punjabi classes for youth. Our Punjabi lessons aim to deliver practical knowledge and Punjabi speaking skills. Our Punjabi courses are taught with a communicative approach and offer unmatched learning and knowledge and taught by professional teachers.
Enrich Your Life, Learn Punjabi with Us!
Punjabi is the 10th most spoken language in the world and the second most spoken language in the Lower Mainland of BC. Punjabi is one of the largest heritage languages in Canada, spoken around the dinner table in many families.
Punjabi is an essential part of every Sikh child’s development and not only allows them to communicate better with grand parents and others, but is vital to further their Sikh education and read Path and Gurbani.
More Information/Questions regarding Punjabi Classes? Call us at 604-537-8300 or come to the Punjabi School at 6pm Monday or Tuesday and talk to a teacher
Kirtan & Tabla Classes 3 days per week
Gurmat Sangeet or Shabad Kirtan has been an integral part of Sikh worship from the very beginning. Hymn-singing was in fact the earliest form of devotion for the Sikhs. Even in the time of Guru Nanak, the disciples assembled together to listen and sing shabads, i.e. hymns composed by the Guru and thus to render praise to the Lord.
Kirtan has since been appropriated into the regular gurdwara service. But Sikh kirtan abstains from all outward expression or frenzy in the form of clapping and dancing. Praise is offered to the Supreme Being who is without form (nirankar) and not to a deity in any embodiment or incarnation.
More Information/Questions regarding Kirtan or Tabla Classes? Call us at 604-537-8300 or come to Darbar Hall #2 at 6pm Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday and talk to a teacher
GATKA (SHASTAR VIDIYA) classes on Friday and Sundays
Gatka is a Sikh spiritual martial art developed by our Gurus for self-defence. It is this very art that was used by our Sikh ancestors in war time to free our people from religious persecution and oppression. Our ancestors had to learn how to fight quickly and effectively because we were always outnumbered and didn’t have the luxury of years of martial training. Ancient India has been the birthplace of many fighting arts. Gatka can be described as being a streamlined evolved version of ancient fighting techniques. During its development, techniques that were known and proven to work on the battlefield were included and other long winded, ineffective and wishy washy techniques were rejected. This resulted in an art that is very fast and easy to learn. Typically students of Gatka learn how to spar (fight) with weapons in their first class.
Gatka is predominately a weapon based martial art using medieval weapons as swords, shields, axes, spears, daggers and archery etc. A typical class will incorporate stretching and fitness followed by weapon drills using bamboo canes (for safety) and then real time sparring with canes, shields and safety wear.
We as Sikhs today owe a debt of gratitude to our Gurus for sharing this art with us, without it we wouldn’t be here today. We train to keep our martial heritage alive and to honour our ancestor’s courage and sacrifices.