Amritdhari Sikhs not allowed in Gurdas Maan concert

kirpanCalgary, Canada: Hundreds of upset concertgoers spilled onto the streets of downtown Calgary after a show by a popular Punjabi singer on Sunday night was shut down in mid-performance.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the concert by Gurdas Maan at the Telus Convention Centre ended so suddenly, but many patrons alleged security guards were refusing entry to those wearing the kirpan – carried by observant Sikhs.

Considering Maan’s Punjabi heritage and his wide popularity in India and abroad, some concertgoers were incredulous that security staff wouldn’t have been better educated about the kirpan’s importance to Sikhs.

Wearing the kirpan is considered a central requirement of the Sikh faith. “We respect Canadian laws,” said Amarjit Singh, who was wearing a kirpan underneath his blazer.

Singh said he couldn’t understand why kirpans were being barred from the convention centre when Sikh parliamentarians have long been allowed to wear them inside the House of Commons.

Maan, often called India’s Michael Jackson, attracted a family-heavy crowd made up parents, children and grandparents.

At about 9:30 p.m., the show was ended and police were called to help empty the concert hall. Police officers ringed the entrances to the convention centre. The crowd dispersed largely without incident, but officers were seen making arrests.

Source: Calgary Herald


  1. manjinder singh panaser

    it was very bad happen. we cannot forget that .


    This all happened because including gurdas singh singer and ninty nine ( 99%) percent spectators and almost all the security guards they were not baptized sikhs. Many were fallen sikhs and guards from other communities that was not a satsang but you can say a gathering. So we can say this is all done on the name of security reasons. one thing more our youth are not sincere listners.

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