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Mayor of London’s Vaisakhi celebrations to be opened by Redbridge school

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 April 2018

Pupils of Atam Academy celebrate Vaisakhi. Photo: Atam Academy

Pupils of Atam Academy celebrate Vaisakhi. Photo: Atam Academy

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A faith school has been chosen to open the Mayor of London’s Vaisakhi celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

Everton Bahadur Singh performs for the pupils of Atam Academy for Vaisakhi. Photo: Atam AcademyEverton Bahadur Singh performs for the pupils of Atam Academy for Vaisakhi. Photo: Atam Academy

Twenty five pupils from Atam Academy, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, are set to take the stage and dazzle audiences at the celebrations on April 28.

Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi or Vaishakhi, commemorates the transformation of the Sikhs into a family of warrior saints, known as the Khalsa Panth, under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

“It’s a prestigious stage to be on,” said the school’s co-founder Mankamal Singh.

“Keeping in line with tradition the theme is very spiritual this year, as opposed to the cultural element.”

He added: “The children will sing about the story of Vaisakhi in both English and 
Punjabi from Sikh scriptures.”

Last month, the school held a full day of activities in celebration of the birth of the Sikh identity, including a performance from jazz musician Everton Bahadur Singh.

The Mayor of London’s Vaisakhi celebrations begin at 1pm.


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