What is Bhangra?<br />Bhangra is a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India.<br />
Where did it begin?<br />Bhangra began as a dance that Punjabi farmers did to celebrate the coming of Vaisakhi, a Sikh festival, like the Harvest Festival.<br />It started off in the states of Punjab and Assam. Now it is a really popular dance form featured in Bollywood movies and dance competitions all over the world.<br />
What does the dance look like?<br />The moves are inspired by the specific moves that the farmers used when farming their land.<br />They are high energy dance moves and sequences with dancers in colourful clothing.<br />
What does the music sound like?<br />Traditionally, the music was a mixture of singing, the beat of a ‘Dhol Drum’ and the sounds of a 1 string instrument called the ‘Ektara’. Dhol Drum Ektara<br />
Old and new.<br />The traditional music sounds a bit like folk music.<br />It then evolved to sound like a mixture of classical rock music and Punjabi classical music.<br />Modern day Bhangra has become influenced by R and B and Hip Hop.<br />
What are the lyrics about?<br />The lyrics cover a range of social issues; love, marraige, money, dancing, heartbreak...<br />
What is the traditional costume / dress?<br />Traditionally, men wore a ‘Chadra’; a long piece of cloth wrapped around the waist, a ‘kurta’; long indian style shirt, and a ‘pugerdee’ to cover their heads.<br />
What do the women wear?<br />Traditionally, women wear a dress called a ‘Ghagra’ and a ‘Dupatta’; a colourful cloth wrapped around the neck.<br />
Where might I have heard it?....<br />If you have ever seen a Bollywood film...<br />If you have ever listened to the Asian Dub Foundation.<br />In music by Missy Elliot.<br />It has influenced a lot of the music and dance styles in the charts today..............<br />
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