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The first ever Punjabi Cultural Awards were held at Riverside, UK, honouring the actor/singer Surinder Shinda. The awards ceremony was organized by the Punjabi International Circle.

Dominic Grieve, Britain’s Attorney General and Seema Malhotra, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, jointly presented the award to Shinda at the inaugural Punjabi Cultural Awards.

“Shinda is an Indian singer of Bhangra music with traditional Punjabi roots who is considered the grandfather of modern Punjabi music has numerous hit songs to his credit such as Putt Jattan De, Balbiro Bhabhi, and Kaher Singh De Mout,” the citation said.

British Indian Channi Singh, a bhangra musician known as the Godfather of Bhangra in the west, Sathi Ludianvi, a multilingual sociopolitical radio broadcaster and Chaman Lal Chaman, a London based Punjabi poet, lyricist and radio broadcaster were among others awarded.

“The recipients have all gained international acclaim and the senior artistes dedicated their entire lives to poetry, writing, writing lyrics, broadcasting, media or singing and the youngsters played a very important role by remixing music and totally revolutionised it”, British PM David Cameron in a message complimented Nirpal Singh Riat for launching the first annual cultural awards of the Punjabi Circle International.

Cameron acknowledged the contributions of British Punjabis to the British society. “Through hard work and dedication, British Punjabis have made their mark in media and business as well as many other fields, helping the economy and providing very valuable influences in so many ways,” he said.

Attorney Dominic Grieve said, “The Punjabi contribution to life in the UK is not just an economic and financial one but also it is the sharing of the Punjabi culture with us all.” Speaking at the event, Malhotra lauded “the event is a landmark occasion to recognize the talents and contribution of the Punjabi community in Britain.”