Living with a “border-less heart” in the world of “man-made borders”…
born in a village called Siahar in Punjab in a simple farming family, lives in Whitehorse (Yukon) Canada, Gurdeep is into diverse kinds of creative leanings since his early childhood during his days in the village. Gurdeep was in grade 6 when he wrote his first poem. By grade 10, he had written lots of poetry, prose, a full novel, hundreds of stories, a play and other forms of literature. By the age 23, he ended up being a published author of two books.
Names of his books are Mitti De Ghar in Punjabi and Among the Stars in English.
His book Among the Stars already got third reprint!
Now in his thirties, he does the same! It’s his lifetime craft. No day is perfect for him without weaving some threads of ideas into the written form of words.
He moved to Canada in 2006 and lived in great Canadian cities and towns like Squamish, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Saskatoon, Edmonton, North Battleford, Turtleford, Lloydminster, Yellowknife, and traveled Canada extensively via road.
In 2011, he became the citizen of Canada, which motivated him to learn more his new and beautiful country, the land, and its people.
From BC to Ontario, he has been to almost every city and town, plus majority of villages. Being himself from a village, he loves to see villages and small communties everywhere. He was espacially captivated by wheat farms of Saskatchewan.
As a part of Punjabi-Sikh culture he was born into it, however at the prime of youth, at the age of 17, he started taking professional Bhangra classes in Ludhiana, Punjab, which opened a wide door for him to adopt the dance from his heart and soul. So ever since, his love for the dance is growing with every new morning.
When I Dance bhangra today, I feel I am the same 17-year old now with freely-flowing young energy
Since he moved to the Yukon in 2012, he has been dancing and providing bhangra lessons at many locations in the Yukon. His Yukon made bhangra dance videos went viral and his work has been featured on CBC Yukon, CBC National, CTV National News, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, SBS Australia, and many other platforms. Even Canadian embassies abroad shared his works to showcase ever thriving Canadian melting-pot and the wonderful side of multiculturalism.
Although he lived in and traveled to many corners of the world, however the Yukon is the place where he lived most of his time after his village in Punjab. So, he pretty much considers himself a proud Yukoner. When he is not doing anything, he enjoys sharing giggles with his fellow Yukoners in the streets, corners, or at coffee-shops of different Yukon communities.
“The whole Yukon seems like a village of friends”, he often contemplates the notion seriously and enjoys the feeling!
Gurdeep thinks that life is an art and he is pretty much into it!
“When you take every day like a new day, you just carry on doing many interesting things in life”, he often ponders.
“Sometimes salty and sometimes sweet, life is a delicious shake by the end of the day”, he has many self-created quotes.
“Monetary richness without happiness is real poverty and monetary poverty with true happiness is real richness”, another quote from him.
He has other passions too including photography, video-editing, web-art, digital-designs, languages, and music, however wordography and bhangra remains his first two loves.
For more info, please visit his website Gurdeep.ca
You are such an amazing addition to our community, thank you for making Whitehorse home!
~ Dan Curtis, The Mayor of City of Whitehorse