An Augusta organization of the Punjabi people of the Indian subcontinent will showcase their culture Saturday at the Belair Conference Center in Martinez.
Narinder Malik, a spokesman for Rangla Punjab, said Punjabi Bash 2007 will feature the dance, food and music of the Punjabi people.
The Punjabi are distinct from Indians and Pakistanis. They hail from the contested border area between the two nations. The Punjabi people have a distinct language, culture, folk songs, dress and heritage, and they live on both sides of the border.
Punjabi Bash debuted last year, and Malik said Rangla Punjab wanted it to be bigger this year.
"This year we decided to do it more elaborate," he said.
One of the highlights will be a return performance by the University of Georgia Bhangra Gidha, a Punjabi dance troupe. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the conference center at 4083 Singh Lane, off Jimmie Dyess Parkway.
Tickets purchased in advance cost $20 per person or $55 per family and include food and drinks. Tickets cost $25 per person or $65 per family at the door. Tickets are available at Taj of India, Bombay Central, Curry Pot, Asian Choice and Bismillah Groceries. For more information, contact Malik at (706) 868-8989.
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