Always moving and always evolving, where there goes my
Always moving and always evolving, where there goes my “bed to sleep”, that becomes my home

Living with a “border-less heart” in the world of “man-made borders”…

born in a village called Siahar in Punjab in a simple and ordinary 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. His family used to grow most of crops, vegetables and beans at their farm and get milk from the cows and buffaloes at raised the home, so luckily he grew up eating all home-grown and organic. Farming life also brought the elements of being close to the land and waters in him. It also embedded in him to respect “Air (as Guru), Waters (as Father), and Earth (as Mother)”!

My first photo | I think I was 2 months old | After my birth, my mom became very sick and she had to spend a year in the hospital in a critical condition without a chance to survive while I was brought to the home from the hospital by my dad, aunties and other relatives | My 3 older sisters had to play role of mothers to me while my mother was recovering in the hospital bed. It was a miracle that my mom came home after spending a year in the hospital while doctors were saying she would not survive.
My first photo | I think I was 2 months old | After my birth, my mom became very sick and she had to spend a year in the hospital in a critical condition without a chance to survive while I was brought to the home from the hospital by my dad, aunties and other relatives | My 3 older sisters had to play role of mothers to me while my mother was recovering in the hospital bed. It was a miracle that my mom came home after spending a year in the hospital while doctors were saying she would not survive.

Gurdeep was in 9th grade when he came to know from a friend from the village that there was a “thing” existed in the world, which the friend with his sweet childish-innocence called a “Dishnary” (he meant “Dictionary”), which had English translation of almost all the Punjabi words. Being jolly with the new discovery, he bicycled all the way from his village to a nearby town to buy that “thing”! It opened the gates for him to learn the language to communicate with the rest of the world, word-by-word, all from the dictionary.

My parents' home in the village Siahar in Punjab where I grew up and started learning about the life and the world.
My parents’ home in the village Siahar in Punjab where I grew up and started learning about the life and the world.

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.

Age 18.
Age 18.

Names of his books are Mitti De Ghar in Punjabi and Among the Stars in English.

“And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances – William Shakespeare”

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.

College life at Government College, Ludhiana, Punjab
College life at Government College, Ludhiana, Punjab

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, Whitehorse and traveled Canada extensively via road.

East learns West and West learns East through cultural exchange!
East learns West and West learns East through cultural exchange!

In 2011, he became the citizen of Canada, which motivated him to learn more his new and beautiful country, the land, and its people.

Offering real happiness is a true offering!
Offering real happiness is a true offering!

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 communities everywhere. He was especially captivated by wheat farms of Saskatchewan. He would sit by roadside to watch farmers of Saskatchewan harvesting wheat crop for hours. It would also emotionally connect him with his family’s farm in Punjab.

Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
THE YUKON’S EXTREMELY MOVING YOUTH SOCIETY (EMYS) STUDENTS, TRAINED TO DANCE BHANGRA BY GURDEEP PANDHER | Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography

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

Life is in full
Life is in full “contentment” stage, when there is no “ownership”

Since he moved to the Yukon in 2012, he has been dancing and providing bhangra lessons at many locations in the Yukon.

This moment with CBC's Sandi Coleman had brought a big turning point in my life. The story based on my interview itself went viral and featured on CBC National.
This moment with CBC’s Sandi Coleman had brought a big turning point in my life. The story based on my interview itself went viral and featured on CBC National.

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.

With a lifelong friend | Life would have been meaningless without meaningful connections
With a lifelong friend | Life would have been meaningless without meaningful connections

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!

Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but eventually you will arrive precisely where you need to be.
Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but eventually you will arrive precisely where you need to be.

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 saline and sometimes saccharine, life is like a fruit-shake with a distinctive diversity of flavors”, he has many self-created quotes.

Embrace change and enjoy your life as it unfolds! The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you're not. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting, and have faith that things will work out.
Embrace change and enjoy your life as it unfolds! The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting, and have faith that things will work out.

“Monetary richness without happiness is real poverty and monetary poverty with true happiness is real richness”, another quote from him.

Love of World Cultures and Collaborations. This is Punjabi-Irish-Scottish-French.
Love of World Cultures and Collaborations. This is Punjabi-Irish-Scottish-French.

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.

There isn't anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. You're not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You're always growing. Experiences don't stop. That's life.
There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You’re always growing. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life.

The vast land, air, wide-open mountains, smiling sun and sometimes beautiful drizzles taught him to be free-spirited and celebrate the life with charming hearts seeded by the supreme nature!

Every hour, every minute, and even every second, you're always learning. Stay a student throughout your whole life!
Every hour, every minute, and even every second, you’re always learning. Stay a student throughout your whole life!
Gurdeep with Mayor of Whitehorse, Mr. Dan Curtis

You are such an amazing addition to our community, thank you for making Whitehorse home!
~ Dan Curtis, The Mayor of City of Whitehorse

Love of Culture- Recreating Punjab in the Yukon. Photo by Laurie Tamminen
Love of Culture- Recreating Punjab in the Yukon. Photo by Laurie Tamminen
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ~ Voltaire

My young fans from the north of ordinary.
My young fans from the north of ordinary.

A moment with Yukon's Airline - Air North
A moment with Yukon’s Airline – Air North

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Ocean, air, fire, mountains and two free-spirited
Ocean, air, fire, mountains and two free-spirited

Sometimes saline and sometimes saccharine, life is like a fruit-shake with a distinctive diversity of flavors. ~ Gurdeep Pandher