Dhol Players Drum Up A Storm On Air India Flight To Amritsar.
Air India resumed non-stop flights between Amritsar and Birmingham on Tuesday after a gap of 8 years.The inaugural flight was flagged off from Amritsar airport by Vijay Sampla the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the presence of other dignitaries including Pankaj Srivastava the Director of Air India, Shwait Malik and Gurjeet Singh Aujla Member of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha respectively.
The news was cause for celebration for many.
Passengers flying to India from Britain were in for a musical surprise: moments before takeoff, a special dhol performance to send them off in style. Videos circulating online show delighted passengers cheering and clapping as enthusiastic dhol players drum up a storm.
Officials from Birmingham Airport in a statement to the press said, “The terminal came alive (on Tuesday) with Indian drummers and dancers weaving their way through passengers who were joined by Members of Parliament, business leaders and members of the Sikh UK community.”
The direct flight is scheduled to operate twice in each week on Tuesday and Thursday on the Delhi- Amritsar-Birmingham-Amritsar-Delhi route. Air India said, ” It expects the new flight to cater to the needs of the ethnic communities by ensuring a hassle-free travel to the city of Golden Temple and will also help to enhance tourism and trade relations in general between the two countries in general”.(ANI)