Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!
For more than 30 years, IIGS has had the distinct privilege and humble honor to host Darbar-E-Khalsa, a celebration of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji's birthday. Thousands of people from all over the world congregate to hear melodious kirtan by renowned raagi jathas and children from all the local gurdwaras. Additionally, DEK hosts learned speakers and honors Sikhs doing outstanding work for the community.
This event gives our children and sangat members a unique opportunity to join the larger Sikh community, in honor of the 10th Guru Sahib. Participants experience Gurbani kirtan, gathka performances, a Khalsa parade, the work of Sikh artists and scholars, and a grand send off of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji via helicopter.
How Can Donors Help?
Putting on this program has become increasingly expensive over the years, as the whole function runs on donations from the community. All contributions toward DEK will help us continue this landmark occassion.
Funds will be used directly to pay for all expenses.
Breakdown of expenses
$85,000 approx. total
-$33K for rent
-$8,500 for light and sound
-$8K for stage, pipe and drape
-$6K for Kirtan bheta
-$6K for TV advertsing and newspaper
-$5K for stage decoration
-$3K for outside labor
-$2,500 for paper products
-$2,300 for carpet/U-Haul
-$2,200 for video and photography
-$2,000 for printing flyers and posters
-$1,500 for sheets
-$5,000 miscellaneous (i.e. helicopter)