Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region in South Asia. The lyrics of Bhangra songs reflect the long and often tumultuous history of Punjab. This dance form began as a part of harvest festival celebrations, and eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings and New Year celebrations. However, during the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both as a traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. As Bhangra continues to move into mainstream culture, an understanding of its history and tradition helps to appreciate it better.
Apart from Bhangra, we will also introduce the Gidha. Gidha is on the other hand also folk dance of Panjab and danced by the Panjabi female on the beats of Dholki. The dancers enact verses called Boli, which represent folk poetry at its best. The subject matter of these boli's is wide ranging from everything from arguments with in laws or any gosip or political. Aside from the dholki, the rhythm of Gidha is set by hand-claps of the dancers and other standing around in circle.
The workshop will introduce the DHOL, a North Indian percussion instrument and its corresponding tempos and rhythms in association with Bhangra Dance.
1. Participants will be able to appreciate and understand Bhangra, the colorful and pulsating dance from Punjab, one of the provinces in India. Duration: 1.5 h No. of participants: 20 Fee: $1080.00 Sessions: 3
2. Appreciate culture, heritage and history of Bhangra dance.
3. To provide an opportunity to experience a Bhangra dance performance by experienced dancers.