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Bhangra Past, Present and Future
Transcript of Bhangra Past, Present and Future
Just as bhangra music can be used in other genres of dance, other types of music can be used for Bhangra but that has only recently been reoccurring. In the past - more traditional Punjabi music has been, and is still commonly, used. It can be considered a type of riff-oriented music but really It's a cross between western music and the sounds from punjab. Of course; instead of english lyrics, the words are sung in punjabi.
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By: Simrat,Jena & Bini
The costumes that most Bhangra dancers wear are;
Men: Pag(turban), Kaintha(necklace), Kurta(very lose similar to silk shirt), Chardar (lose loincloth tied around dancers waist) and a rammal(scarves worn on fingers).
That is what most men wear but sometimes other things are added to their costume like turla(added on to turban) or jugi(waistcoat that has no buttons).
Women: Chunni(scarf), kameez(shirt), salwaar(baggy pants) and a tikka(jjewellery on forehead).
Sometimes girls will add jhumka(long earrings), paranda(braid tassle) and pazaibs(anklet.
Bhangra originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. It was originally created for the purpose of celebrating Vasakhi which is a festival about the coming of spring. When it was mixed in with hip hop, house and reggae style of music it was integrated further into the Asian culture and in new parts of it. Even though the dance began in India and Pakistan it is now all over the world, Bhangra influences can be heard in Missy Elliot, Jay Z and the Fugees music.
There are a couple of different styles of Bhangra, one example would be Giddha. Like bhangra it is from Punjab and it is a bright, colourful and energetic dance. While Bhangra is a dance meant for males; giddha is meant for females. The dance is usually preformed to rhythmic clapping. some other dances are bagaa, Luddi, Jhummar, Dhamaal, and Gham Luddi.
Bhangra originates from the punjabi region of the Indian subcontinent, as first generation punjabis used it as a way to keep in touch with their culture and as a way to socialize. It is said that this began in the 1400's but may date farther back. The earliest developed of this, was a folk dance conducted by Punjabis in the central northern areas of the region to celebrate harvest and whom general practice was ended by the partition in 1947. In the 1950s a new folk dance was created and eventually received the title of of Bhangra. Folkloric Bhangra was exported to other countries by Punjabi immigrants, more specifically Bhangra came to North America when the first Punjabi Americans immigrated to California about 100 years ago. In India, it was (at first) considered a men only dance but quickly became widely available to females as well; although many people today still dislike the idea of girls doing Bhangra and not Giddha. In the past, Indians have used Bhangra during festivals such as Diwali to celebrate and to enjoy compared to the modern era where Bhangra is used during festivals and in moments of happiness, not to mention to socialize, education about our history and simply for fun.
Bhangra over the years
Bhangra started when first-generation Punjabis used it as a way to socialize and keep in touch with their culture, they also used it during harvest to celebrate. Bhangra originates from the Punjabi region of the Indian subcontinent, but as we said before; it has been taken to the western side of the globe thanks to Punjabi immigrants. First evolved in India, Bhangra attained a standardized form in the 1980s but by the 1990s, a still newer style of the dance called Punjab Dispora. Punjab Dispora was often characterized with a fusion of Western dance styles and the use of prerecorded audio mixes. Aside from that Bhangra is casually called Bhangra.
Origin of Bhangra
Bhangra is an Indian art form of dance that would leave life incomplete but before taking it for granted - remember Bhangra and it's amazing history.
Variations (different styles)
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The creation of Bhangra is said to date back as far as the 1400s as it was used by it's creators, the first generation punjabis, for socializing, celebrate and a way to keep in touch with their culture. Bhangra Has more recently started to adjust so that it may be danced to tunes of other genres; more western styles than tradtional.
The term Bhangra originally designated a particular dance performed by Sikh and Muslim men in the forming district.
The term Bhangra expanded to encompass not only the dance but also instrumental and vocal music.
Bhangra is unique because it has different types of forms - for an example: Jhumar, Luddi, Giddha, Juli etc
Dance Choreography: Jena