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Bhangra

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on 10 April 2013

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What is the meaning of punjab? What is Bhangra? Punjabi dance music traditionally performed during harvest, festivals, and weddings
Bhangra dance is based on music from a dhol (double headed-drum), folk singing, and the chimta (tongs with small brass jingles). It is the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Where is Punjab located? A state in the Northwest of the republic of India, forming part of the larger Punjab region Bhangra/ Punjab Culture punjab means five waters : punj meaning five and aab meaning water
The 5 rivers are
Beus
Satluj
Ravi
Chenab
Jhelum Punjabi Culture Punjabi civilization is one of the oldest on earth, with its distinguished language, culture, food, attire, script, folklore, people, etc. Punjabi langauge has its originating source in Sanskrit (not Hindi or Urdu as many young Indian pakistanis believe), i.e. the family of Indo-European group of langauges which includes Persian and Latin.
The 19th Century saw the beginning of British rule, which led to the emergence of several heroic freedom fighters, the subject of many Bhangra songs. Finally, the Punjab was split between Pakistan and India at the end of British rule in 1947. This partitioning resulted in a large migration of Punjabis into the United Kingdom, which eventually led to the emergence of Bhangra in Western clubs and dancehalls. Where was Bhangra originated? Bhangra is believed to date back to the 14th or 15th century, though it may be even older, and "bhangra" eventually referred not only to the dance itself but the music.

It was developed in Britain in the 1980s by first and second generation immigrants from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan forming the Punjabi diaspora, drawing from music and song of the Punjab region as well as various Western musical styles. Instruments used in Bhangra In the 1970s and 1980s, Bhangra became modernized, primarily by Punjabi expatriates living in the United Kingdom. Elements of hip-hop and electronica were fused with the beating of the dhol and other traditional instruments. Modern Bhangra The success of Bhangra music Bhangra provides a sense of identity to many Punjabi (and other Indian) youth around the world, but has a particular stronghold in England. It's a logical success - the music is hip, pulsating and danceable, but provides linguistic and historical ties to their traditional culture. Many non-Punjabi people are also catching on to the sounds of bhangra, as it's frequently used in film soundtracks and has even made forays into American hip-hop - Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On" is backed by a bhangra track. Punjabi Diaspora Refers to the descendants of ethnic Punjabis who emigrated out of the Punjab region to the rest of the world. The Punjabi diaspora numbers around 10 million, mainly concentrated in Britain, North America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Punjab Clothing for women Punjabi girls and women wear salwar kameez's with bright colored duppattas. A salwar kameez has two pieces of cloths: the kameez, or shirt or top piece, and the salwar, or pants or bottom piece. A duppatta is a piece of colorful cloth that women wear around their necks. Punjab clothing for Men Traditional men wear a chaadra while doing bhangra.
A chaadra is just a piece of clothing that wraps around the waist
Men wear kurtas, which are long shirts.
Also men wear pagri als known as a (turban) to cover their heads. Dress for Bhangra is as colourful and vibrant as the Bhangra dance itself. Bhangra costumes effectively portrays the rich and vivid colors of rural Punjab and also the zest for life of Punjabi folk. Bhangra costume is simple and is normally worn by the men in rural Punjab, in lighter hues. Bass
Sitar
Guitar(both acoustic and electrical)
Violin
Tumbi
Dhol
Sarangi
Keyboard Bhangra Singing Bhangra singers employ a high, energetic tone of voice. Singing fiercely and with great pride, they typically add senseless, random noises to their singing. Modern Bhangra In the 1970s and 1980s, Bhangra became modernized, primarily by Punjabi expatriates living in the United Kingdom. Elements of hip-hop and electronica were fused with the beating of the dhol and other traditional instruments. Why we were Interested? We were interested in choosing Bhangra for our capstone beacause back in our freshmen year we have both attended the YCDC program which was a collaboration of many dance genres from belly dancing, calypso ,contemporary, break dance, and theatrical. In which we have both became very fond of and something that we never experienced before and enjoyed.
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