Rangla Punjab, India
Eurovision Song Contest, 1998
The 24th G8 Summit, 1998
The Dome, Birmingham, alongside Gurdas Mann
The Pebble Mill Show
The Generation Game
WOMAD Festival, Munich, Germany
Sampad organised event in Milan, Italy.
PCS International Bhangra Competition, Chicago
(winners in 2003 and 2004)
Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games,
This superb group of Punjabi Folk Dancers based in Birmingham since 1984 have excelled themselves and spearheaded a campaign to keep the art of traditional Bhangra dancing alive.
All the founder members were born and bred in the UK and therefore a western style of influence featured highly in their original freestyle routines. This style of dance was something never seen before in the UK or abroad and put them at the forefront of their art.
King G. Mall (one of the countries most well respected Punjabi folk music and dance artists) had coached and managed some of the top traditional Bhangra Dance groups in the country and with his
experience and coaching skills he made this group one of the most high profile Bhangra Groups in the UK,
which led to winning an International Bhangra Dance competition held in Chicago USA for two consecutive years.
Over the years they have taken the message of Bhangra to a variety of communities and cultures across the UK and abroad.
The groups mantra “Music and Dance is a universal language that breaks down many barriers and unites communities” has always been at the forefront of everything that we have done.
They have also had the pleasure of representing their culture and the UK at many prestigious events including: The Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, The interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest as well as numerous television programmes.
Bhangra is a traditional form of dance which originates from Punjab, a region currently extending over part of Northern India and Eastern Pakistan. Translated, the name “Punjab” means the “land of five rivers” so called because of the five rivers that flow through it. Due to this, the region has extremely good soil and is considered ideal farming land. Bhangra was initially used as a celebratory folk dance which heralded the coming of spring, or Vaisakhi, as it is known.
In its purest form Bhangra is a mix of a singing accompanied by music and the beat of a single drum known as a “dhol”. The lyrics are always sung in the language of Punjabi and usually relate to social or cultural issues. These can be anything from marriage and love to money and dancing.
Bhangra dances differ from region to region but still retain their own unique identities. The term Bhangra has come to incorporate a whole host of these dance forms including Jhumar, Luddi, Giddha, Julli, Daankara, Dhamal, Saami, Kikli, and Gatka. The musical instruments used in Bhangra make the rhythm very vibrant and energetic. Other than the Dhol, the main instruments used are; Sarangi, Dafli, Tumbi or Ektar, Dholak, Chimpta and Damaru.
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