Throughout the year, Europe is kept very active when it comes to smagams and youth Sikh camps. Denmark Smagam happens every year and members of the sangat from England, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Holland and more, get together to do to Kirtan together. The smagam also brings together Gursikhs who share their thoughts, stories, experiences, knowledge and ideas. It's often a very pleasant atmosphere with much enjoyment and these smagams have helped strengthen the communities around Europe.
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The Atam Ras Kirtan Darbars were very popular around the world, particularly for collaboration of famous Kirtani artists and drew crowds of sangat from far and wide. The likes of Bhai Harjinder Singh (Sri Nagar Wale), Sant Anoop Singh (Una Sahib Wale), Bhai Niranjan Singh (Javaddi Kalan Wale), Bhai Balvinder Singh (Rangila) and Bhai Harbans Singh (Jagadhri Wale) are just a few of the known Kirtani who have taken part in these Kirtan Darbars in the past and all smagams in India were also released by T-series on DVD's and CD’s, making it one of the labels most successful titles. Atam Ras basically means the “Sensation of the Soul”.
It was back in 2003, and one of the first Rehansbhais I attended was in Hounslow, just outside of West London. The Gurdwara, on Alice Way, was beautiful and my first time visiting. It has a beautiful water feature just before you enter the main divaan hall, which as you will see from the photographs, is also really amazing. The Rehansbhai had some truly amazing Keertani who really made the entire sangat sing in harmony and bliss. Amongst the Keertani were Bhai Apardeep Singh, who was very popular in the Akhand Keertani Jatha at that time, as well as Bhai Manpreet Singh (Kanpur) who was visiting from India. Bhai Manpreet Singh's popularity had exploded around that time, so sangat came from far and wide.
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