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Argubly, Bhangra is the most popular type of South East Asian music. Punjabi singers, DJs, and Bhangra competitions have increased Bhangra`s popularity. In addition, Bhangra is no longer confined to the Punjabi community, as people of various backgrounds have picked it up. But what exactly is Bhangra? Is there any reason to hold to the traditional Bhangra performed in Punjab, or should it be adapted to house, trance, and club music?
Hi everyone This Is Minty. M from Bharat..i.e India as u all know dat
bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from the
Punjab. I must say that today`s generation is so well introduced with
punjabi tradition... but still there are so many fellows who are totally
a gursikh person from belongs to dat family (juus like me ;) ) but
still they are not aware how gidda (gidhha) is done or vats dat..I know
abt it so well but I dont know how to dance ..this ge-da..I am searching
4m long past weeks but yet cudnt found any v.d.o. for gidda i wud
request u to plz mail me dat link to learn gidda else I need to search sum
classes for it ..dancing is jus my hobby but gidda ..I cudnt foud any
classes for this particular1.anyway
bhangra pandey raho te khusiyaan manande rahooo :) ;)
-- Minty , firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Jaspreet
I am writing about the fellowship of our Sikh Community and its faith.
Let.s talk about the Sikh Priests.
1.Sikh priest of Gurudawara Dakota Sahib, Fresno, California was
having sex in a car and was caught by police in Uttar Pardesh, India. This
news was published by Dainik Jagran, Muradabad Edition on August 06,
2005. The copies of this news were delivered in the Guruawaras of
California by Mr. Raj Barar, as self-claimed student of Jamala Jatt, who was
himself involved in money collecting for his own benefits from
Gurudawaras and known as a Greedy Asss.
2.A Sikh Priest from Modesto molested young girls and died in prison.
3.Two Sikh priests, who were the relatives of the President of
Gurudawara Nanak Parkash, (located on 99 and Clovis, Fresno the most beautiful
Gurudawara in California) molested two young girls and the mothers of
those young girls did beat those priests in the Gurudawara in the
presence of all the people (congregation), but no police was called.
4.The priests of Gurudawara Nanak Sar of Fresno, California have some
kind of recording of one of their fellow priest, who is having sex with
a truck driver.s wife, who comes to the Sikh Temple. This recording is
viewed by lot of people.
5.The priests of Gurudawara Nanak Sar claim that they are having
constant sex with the wives of truck drivers, who come in the absence of
6.The priests of Gurudawara Nanak Sar (Cornelia and Ashlan) practice
medicine without having any valid license. The priests of the same faith
in India killed a person, and kept his wife hostile in the Gurudawara
and had raped for 7 consecutive days, check the newspapers and you will
find out all the mess.
7.The prophet (Gaddi-Nashin) of this faith, Gurudawara Nanak Sar
(Cornelia and Ashlan) does not raise his hand to bless anyone, until a
donation is made and slid under his mattress, while he is not Wahe Guru or
almighty or Bhagwan or Rub or God or Lord or Deity or Devata, it seems
he is the devta or guru of money sucking.
8.Gurudawara Pinedale in Fresno (on Herndon and Ingram, main cross
streets) located at 295 W. Beachwood Avenue, Fresno, California has a
different story. The president and a migrated Granthi (priest) are involved
in encouraging a minor girl to run-away from her home with an adult.
The father of the adult Mr. Sher Singh visits the Gurudawara constantly
and also is a relative of the President Mr. Harsha Singh and the Chair
Person of Gurudawara Master Laxman Singh. These all the people were
(directly or indirectly) were involved in the running plot of that minor
girl of a trucker and business person of Fresno. Both the minor girl and
the adult man are in federal custody.
9.The Sikh Council of Central California, are acting as the
self-claimed judges and police power in this matter and are trying to settle this
matter out of court and keeping everyone out of trouble. Is the Sikh
Council trying to protect these people, who are running this Gurudawara,
while everybody in California knows that the Sikh Council is crook, who
are against the Red-Cross Society and eat money from the donations? The
leaders of Sikh Council are delivering the hate messages and their
citizenship must be revoked by the Home Land Security Department.s United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.
The Leaders of the Sikh Council were involved in Federal Money
Laundering, and were persecuted by the Federal Authorities.
10.One of the Leader.s son of Sikh Council of Central California was
involved in a Gun Battle in Fresno, and was arrested by the Fresno
Police Department. The name of the arrested persons was Mr. Sangha and Mr.
Lakhvinder Singh. Mr. Sangha is the son of the President of Selma
Gurudawara and prominent self-claimed leader of Sikh Council of Central
11.One of the Sikh Priest in San Joaquin Gurudawara Mr. Pala Singh was
arrested in a fight in the Gurudawara, while Pala Singh is also a man
of money eating process. He is paid for the services by the Sikh Temple
Committee, but he tries to get money from the people, who come to bow
their head in the honor of Guru, and even now he started a new business
their in the Gurudawara, which is to arrange the meetings of Rishtas
(matrimonial meetings), what a beautiful job he is doing. This is a holy
work to arrange the meetings of singles and to offer singles to the
singles, but when he prays to the lord.
12.How many Gurudawars are in Fresno County, while in fact just few,
but registered at home addresses to bring the people from other
countries to the United States of America and make money and to sponsor people.
13.How about the new community and cult, they have opened their own
Gurudawara on Cherry Avenue known as Guru Ravidaas Temple. Do we not have
enough Gurudawaras in Fresno?
14.How many illegal Sikh Priests we have in Gurudawaras of Fresno,
California and other states of the United States of America, I think in
all the Gurudawaras we have illegal priest, who don.t have any morals,
respect for the community and Guru, who just spread hate and speak
against other religions, even they don.t know any thing about the
constitution of the United States of America and they even don.t know that they
can.t do that.
15.How about the leaders of self-claimed Sikh Council of Central
California, who also spread the hate. They talk about the Red-Cross Society
that the Red Cross Society is a society of Christians, but any one can
ask them that this society is world wide based and help the needy
including in Muslim Countries. Including doctors (self-claimed leaders of
Sikh Council) say that Red Cross has its sign in the form of Cross, which
is a sign of Christianity, can any one ask to these doctors, are you
fool. It seems that these doctors want to loose their citizenship from
the United States and actually their citizenship must be revoked.
Hope it is enough today.
-- Jaspreet , email@example.com
Music must progress...just like Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, State of
Bengal, Badmarsh & Shri, etc have done with other types of South Asian
influenced electronic...it is beautiful and only natural to combine the
original with the new...classical with electronic. It is pushing
boundaries and unless people appreciate creativity like that, music will
stagnate, and not progress, and it will die.
The UK producers that are doing their own thing are expressing
themselves. they dont live in Punjab. they are not old school. They, and
others outside of India want to identify with their roots and culture, but
obviously the times in which we live, and the environment which they
are in will have an impact on what the finished product is. It does not
diminish or disrespect the original, conversely, it builds on it, and
enhances it. Original Pubjabi Bhangra is one thing to be admired and
respected for sure, but all of you on here badmouthing what Jazzy Bains
and Panjabi MC are producing are missing the point.
Music must progress. You need to open your minds!!!
peace to all
-- bryan , firstname.lastname@example.org
Bhangra is a lively form of folk dance and music that originates from
the state of Punjab in Northern India and Pakistan. The roots of the
dance date back to the 1400s, where Bhangra was performed by Punjabi
farmers as a celebration for good harvests.|
-- Gur , SodhiB@mail.com
bhangra-The up-tempo style of music originating in the Punjab region of
Northern India and Pakistan. Origianlly the rhymes and drum songs
performed by Farmers(jatts) during and after the harvest season.
Contemporary interpretations of classic songs have had a large impact on the
charts. Can also describe the traditional style of dance performed by the
same ethnic group at traditional ceremonies.i personally think that
bhangra songs sud neva eva be mixed with other music.i just wanna tell those
people who say that it is good that they can understand when itz mixed
but why dont they just try to learn punjabi and lov the punjabi folk in
original.i think tommoro they will say that why granth sahib is in
punjabi interpret it in english as we can`t we read it.
rahi gal bhangre di bhangra har punjabi di jaan hai eh pore punjab di
shaan hai.bhangra sadi viraasat hai.|
-- jas , email@example.com
"I think Bhangra is an essential part of being a Sikh. Out of Punjab as
most of us are, when we listen to the sounds of Bhangra, a form of
adrenaline rush runs up our veins (Drunk or not) and make us want to move
and show the people that we are a true Sikh"-PuttJattande
Sunny you are a very confused person because bhangra has nothing to do
-- Gurjeet , GuruDaJeet@aol.com
SAT SRI AKAL JAVAKO. BOLE SONIHAL ST SRI AKAL. CHAKLO PHATTE. I
PESONALLY THINK THAT BHANGRA IS A PUNJABI FOLK DANCE WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO
EXPRESS YOUR TRUE HAPPINESS. I, MYSELF AM A BHANGRA PROFESSIONAL AND I HAVE
DONE A FEW PERFORMENCES FOR JAZZY.B AND JASSI SIDHU. I HAVE ALSO WON A
LOT OF AWARDS. BHANGRA IS A GREAT WAY TO EXERCISE AND HAVE A LOT OF FUN.
BHANGRA HAS SERRIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE! I SUGGEST U YOUNGSTERS SHOULD
GO INTO BHANGRA TOO. I GUARANTEE THAT YOU GUYS WILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN
AND YOU CAN GET SUM EXERCISE TOO. SOME HISTORY ON BHANGRA IS THAT FARMERS
USE TO DO IT WHEN THERE CROPS WERE GROWING WELL AND THEY DID BHANGRA TO
EXPRESS THEIR HAPPINESS. THAT IS WHERE THE WHOLE FOLK DANCE STARTED
-- Jasmit , firstname.lastname@example.org
as a uk dj i discovered banghra 3 years ago and have been using tracks
in my set ever since. The language and culture fascinates me and i have
also made a lot of new friends through the music scene and even though
i am white punjabs and others see through race and religion and we all
enjoy the same stuff together|
-- paul , email@example.com
As a musician, I`d like to make a distinction. B21, Jazzy B., bikram
singh, Safri boyz and the rest of the UK scene are not techno or trance
producers, they are bhangra producers. There is a big difference. Just
because some of the music is sequenced and has electronic elements in
it, does not make it "techno". Recently, there have been producers
crossing two-step with bhangra like Panjabi MC and Jazzy B`s "Surma".
What`s wrong with progression? It doesnt take away from the original, it
just expands its` horizons.
The only music today that I dont like that is using elements of Punjabi
music is commercial hiphop. Producers like Missy Elliot, Dr.Dre and
others are just sampling the tumbi for novelty`s sake, and then rhyming
over it. I think it cheapens it.
As a white guy, I first got into bhangra back in 94, thru my
girlfriend. The first things I heard were older tracks like "Hey Shava" and
"Gida pa ne kiya". I very much felt the energy, and liked what I heard,
but alot of the tracks produced in the 80s/early 90s were kind of cheesy
and not very well produced.
After moving to New York in 1998, she introduced me to Rekha. The rest
is history for me. I have worked closely with DJ Rekha over the years,
helping with Basement Bhangra here in NYC. And I can tell you that the
essence and spirit of bhangra is definitely felt by all who attend. I
have been able to meet with and see live the Dhol Foundation, Balwinder
Safri w/ Bhota Jagpal and others from the UK, and they absolutely blew
me away. Safri boyz was Balwinder singing, Ravi Bal & Bhota on synths,
a live drummer, 4 Dholis, & a guy on percs and dholak. It was as live
as you can get.
Its just evolution, the cross btw tumbi and dhol w/ sub bass. Its
good, because it gives something to young Punjabis to identify with. Some
people on here should open their minds just a bit more....you might
discover something new.
-- bryan , firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello & Sat Sri Akal
Bhangra is the folk dance of Punjab and an integral part of
Punjabi culture. The origins of Bhangra are embedded in the soils of the
Northern state of India, known as "Punjab". It is believed that Bhangra
existed in some form or another in the 14th/15th century, when farmers
would bring home the grain and on those occasions to celebrate the months
of hard work, they would perform Bhangra - dancing and singing . In
this season of good will, also known as "Baisakhi", farmers and their
families gather to celebrate a good harvest and to bring in the New Year.
In India, Bhangra has received the National status as the Harvest Folk
Dance, of the Punjab. Traditional Bhangra is danced to the beat of a
drum known as a "Dhol", and the dance is accompanied by "Boliyan"
(couplets) which relates to the movement. Bhangra is both colorful and
glamorous and its rhythm creates an electrifying atmosphere to which the
audience participates. Bhangra is performed by men and is centered on the
drum. It is a powerful dance with all the teasing, fun and exuberance of
Punjabi life. Bhangra is also part of the urban culture and danced and
sung at wedding parties. Recently Bhangra has invaded the pop scene and
a new breed of Bhangra can often be heard at dance parties. Its lively
music is impossible to ignore. Traditional Bhangra though still has its
own charm. Now the modern bhangra which exist out of INDIA. Also the
remixing bhangra is still fine right but when it comes to a competition
there should be only dhol with boliyan & other instruments or a dance on
various songs which put together in a mix. Now a days young teenagers
are taking the bhangra and turning it into modern its fine, but if you
change bhangra its not traditional no more. You love bhangra then show
what real bhangra is and it shouldnt go out of traditional. Many
cultures love the music and dance but teach them the real way. Im saying all
this because myself im in a bhangra team NACHDI JAWANI many probably
have heard of it. One of torontos best teams and being in a lot of
competitions the judges dont judge they way they should, they look at it as
its modern and thats how they judge you because most judges didnt even
dance themselves. Also many people say they want the to keep the
traditional bhangra for the coming generation, they should but first they have
to learn it themselves. My point basically keep the traditional bhangra
the way it is dont change anything. Do it to a song or dhol but keep it
traditional and youll be different then others and also your coming
generation would know what punjab was.
Sat Sri Akal
Rab Rakha, Pula Chuka Maf Karniya
-- Lincoln , email@example.com
sohni meri vanjhli te sohna mera dhol.....m dancing bhangra since i was
12, & then led my team as captain. i personally believe that this
concept comes from heart, well that is what dancing is all about.u r happy
and want to share with people among people, ur shoulders start shakin, u
start hopping and scream in happiness = BHANGRA.trust me in every dance
i do c a bit of bhangra, people loveit coz there is no
restriction(forget da professionals).change is very essential in life dats what i
discovered when i came 2 australia, in every field such as clothes, eating,
music and dancing, and some of our artists r really putting an effort
in this change such as Bally sagoo,R D B, and many more, & they r doing
a good job, v liked the way they mixed and now a days trend is changing
again ie they r introducing thaith/ total paindu songs with dhol and
tumbi only and by god i loved it, i saw the difference when i actually
performed 4 bally in melbourne.and folks just remember its all about
having fun so just enjoy it and chakkk deoooo phatteeeeyyyyy. |
-- sunny , firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiddhaan......! I think Bhangra is a representation of our loving Punjabi culture. All my Non-Punjabi friends enjoy listening and watching me do bhangra all the time....its amazing how Bhangra just gets in people`s `SOULS`......I wonder how people back in Punjab in both India and Pakistan would react to this....I`m sure they would be proud that we don`t lose our culture....in fact.... we spread our culture.....ONE LUV....PAKI PUNJABI FOR LIFE.....|
-- Abbas , email@example.com
kidda! everyone. READ THIS. IT`S VERY IMPORTANT! OK first thing that i wanna say is that i am glad the remix subject has come up. i agree with the people who say that remixing is going too far. ok, u might get someone doing one good remix, but then maybe 2 other people follow and do it and it sounds so rubbish. plus, once these songs get remixed, what `bout the people who originally sang the song? where`s the credit that they well and truly deserve. Bhindrakia sang `Yaar Bolda` and 3 other people have TRIED to remix that mind blowing bhangra anthem. they have all sounded ****. he is sitting in india with no clue as to what the hell is going on. at least he should be told. it is people like him who have brought bhangra to a new level man. what i think that needs to be done is that instead of remixing the song, re-produce it with new beats etc to give it a new sounding that way no cheang is going on. and the thing about there not being enough people around to do this, well, u just gotta wait coz i`ll be doing this in just a few years time and i won`t be remixing or anything like that. just producing. another point that was raised by someone was about punjabi music and traditions being used in Bollywood movies. WE CAN NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN! look how this massive industry NEEDS DESPERATLEY a banging state like PUNJAB to keep the industry running. half of the actors/actresses were born there. we should get the punjab movie industry running properly and produce movies like shaheed udham singh which was class. also i am sick of all these pakistani people who are interested in our music. they should find the`r own people in their own side of punjab. but i don`t think their are any. We should stick together and keep the traditions of the punjab running throughout the whole world too.|
-- Sukhraj , firstname.lastname@example.org
I`m a teenager from Punjab.With due respect to everyone concerned,I`d like to point out that most of us here in Punjab,who can follow basic Punjabi language and Punjabi culture (we don`t claim to be intellectuals)don`t really appreciate this remix to a large extent It seems more for you guys in abroad probably because you appreciate the peppy beats if not the lyrics.You folks are giving rise to a new form Punjabi.Nothing wrong with that, languages have to evolute.I guess that`s why we have different accents and vocabulary for Majha,Malwa,Doaba,Poaadh and Pothohar parts of Punjab.Maybe the same goes for music. But remix is "re".|
-- Amandeep , email@example.com
ok, look, i see all these ppl dat say that punjabi music should be the way it was, or it should have it`s original beats or wuteva.. some guy wrote, "latin ppl listen to pure 100% latin beats"... well u know wut man??... latin can suk my luli... SO, what i`m tryin to say here is... everyone remixes there music, they all put in new beats and make there music all hype... then why should punjabi`z have to keep there music all dull and boring??... I`M PUNJABI FOR LIFE!!.. chek it out on my url... http://www.khanda.cjb.net.. SAT SRI AKAL PEACE ALL YA`LL... p.s JAZZY B, BHINDA JATT.. for life..|
-- Punjabi , firstname.lastname@example.org
TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON`T LIKE REMIXES..I ACCEPT YOUR OPINION AND MY REPLY TO THAT IS THAT, SIMPLY THEIR AREN`T ENOUGH PRODUCERS,WRITERS,COMPOSERS WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM. BHANGRA MUSIC DOESN`T GROW ON TREES IT HAS TO BE THOUGHT OF AND IF THEIR ISNT ANY FRESH TALENT AND NEW LYRICS COMING INTO THE SCENE WHAT ELSE ARE DJ`S AND BANDS SUPPOSED TO SING SEEING AS WE ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE TIME IT TAKES TO MAKE AN ALBUM. I AM AT UNIVERSITY AND I`VE SEEN ALL THE PUNJABI BOYS SINGING THE BOLIYAAN WITH A BOTTLE WHY DON`T THEY GO THAT LITTLE BIT FURTHER AND LOOK INTO PRODUCING AND WRITING THE MUSIC. THE ONLY PROBLEM I SEE IS THAT NOT EVERY PUNJABI BUNDAR CAME READ,WRITE PUNJABI SO WHY THE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT RATHER THEN SIT INFRONT OF A PC WR0ITING MESSEGES ON A WEB SITE ALL BE IT A GOOD WEB SITE.|
-- Paul Singh , email@example.com
BHANGRA RULES! Remixes arent all that bad with a dhol beat, but LOSE THE REGGAE AND HIP HOP and gundh like that!... i hope mainstream artists realize their beats and music are being ripped off so we can lose the mixes..... keep it true blue.|
-- Jaspal Singh , firstname.lastname@example.org
I think Bhangra is an essential part of being a Sikh. Out of Punjab as most of us are, when we listen to the sounds of Bhangra, a form of adrenaline rush runs up our veins (Drunk or not) and make us want to move and show the people that we are a true Sikh, and no one or any culture can even come close to our heritage. Like a peacock we move and amaze everyone with our skilled dance that we proudly call Bhangra. For me I knew little about Bhangra, till I took a trip to Punjab and ended up staying there for a long time, and I discovered what "The Bhangra" actually is and got to learn it. Now whenever I listen to a Punjabi track, the adrenaline rush does not let me stay off the dance floor. I`m proud of the fact that we have a very profound and rich heritage and through Bhangra we influence and impose that heritage to others.|
-- Sunny , email@example.com
hi ssa,namaste hi reckon what sunny from aol is saying is right. young artsists such as jazzy b, bhinda jatt and that transform bhangra into a form that us youngsters can yet enjoy and not forget our roots. i think jazzy b is a great role model. on the outside he is a rude boy but what he sings makes sense and he does remixes and that and adds beats so that we can understand and enjoy it too. what is wrong with that. anyone want to answert hat question for me al i wanna say is chuk de phatey..lol|
Sat Sri Akhal to all Punjabi I`am Avtar from Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands) Here is my opion about Bhangra!! Bhangra can be mixt but not with hindi music, because hindi music is slow an`t not powerful You can`t dance Bhangra op hindi music Buy the way hindi music is sucks, I hate it. Nowday`s you will hear in evry hindi movie one or two Bhangra songs way?. Because hindi is shit. Bhangra is powerful, it is good music it is musch better than hindi music And one each Bhangra site you will find Bollywood bullshit and Bhangra, but one a site about bollywood you won`t find any Bhangra And Bhangra is The music of music`s. And punjabi music is only for punjabi`s and for nobody else!!!!!!!!! So my message to all the who have a Bhangra site REMOVE BOLLYWOOD STUFF IT SUCKS!!!!!!!! Buy the way PunjabOnline.com must remove all the stuff about bollywood Mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Buy the way inore my English Sat Sri Akhal.|
What is Bhangra? I guess most of you probably know me already cause I got lot of emails before when I wrote an article on our punjabi culture and language. Though I`ve been busy, I read the articles all the time ...just act lazy to input my views, but looking at what was already on the site I decided to answer on this one too. Not that anyone is wrong or anything, they are expressing thier views..but here is a history... (I could be wrong but chances are low, so if you have a reason to object feel free to email me and correct me) What is Bhangra? Bhangra actually comes from the word, "Bhang". Bhang, as most of you probably know is punjabi name for, "Marijuana". Back in days, and even now, punjabis used to mix Marijuana with milk, curds(yogurt), and spices and then drink it. after that they used to sort of jump around, trying to sort of release energy. Along with time, a rhythm got associated with it, and with punjabi festivals, like Baisakhi, when punjabis are bursting with Happiness, bhangra got associated with Dhol, ironically Dhol can be traced way way back, it was used as war music. To revitalise the soldiers, give them moral boost. Also it was obviously played at any happy moments. So with time, Dhol which already different beats, was matched up with Dhol, with physical moves. Not many people are aware that bhangra actually has proper documented moves, which then are associated with the beats. Therefore when one thinks, "random movement of arms, hands and body is bhangra", they couldn`t be far from being wrong. Bhangra, in its proper form is like learning any other art, though some moves are relatively easy and most of us punjabis learn them as it is anyway. Anyhow getting back to the history, now that bhangra was already linked with dhol and physical fitness, some historians also argue bhangra was a vital part of army`s physical fitness. Soldiers used to do bhangra to remain physically fit and active along with boosting thier morale. Though another dance/Martial Arts traing, "Ghatka" was primarily used for weapons training. Remarkably they both bear strong resemblances into one another as in style and method of movement. later on how can we all forget one thing that punjab has been famous for, Love stories. We all probably know about Heer Ranjha, Soni Mahiwal, Susi Punno, Laila Mujnu. All these loves stories were often told by dholis while playing thier dhol. one can argue, if it wasn`t for bhangra and dhol, these stories might not have made into time. Though some like, jhumer, Heer, Mirza, even made as far as having dhol beats and steps to thier names. Now these are particular beats that are associated with people and they all are starkingly unique, and they way you would do Bhangra to these beats and sing to these beats is unique. Most of us won`t even know, try talking to someone who knows how play dhol and you`ll understand what I mean, actually Jasjeet if you are going to read this, please email me again, I`ll try to get all these beats for you, just in case people want to hear them. I think this should be it for now.. as for thinking about Bhangra and western music. Trust me on this, If bhangra enters then western field and is adopted even once by someone...it won`t be Bhangra that would losing its identity, rather it will make its new identity into the western culture. Take my word for it.|
-- Gurpreet Singh , email@example.com
when will we the peaple of punjab will stop listen to these foolish remixes and start to listen orginal punjabi music.|
I think Bhangra should be mixed with other Music(s) so that people who cant dance Bhangra or know Bhangra can also relate to it and eventually get to know the traditional Bhangra. I think if we concentrate too much on traditional Bhangra, it will loose popularity among non Punjabi`s.|
-- Sonny Singh , SUNNY878@aol.com
Many consider bhangra to simply be a form of dance. As meaningless as the modern styles of dance which have evolved from the club culture of Europe and the States. It`s origins and use, however, indicate that it is much much more than a series of non-sensical movements. Bhangra is an expressive art form, which throughout the ages has been performed for various occasions. During one time period Bhangra was performed in preparation for war, during another era it was common to find it at melas, and weddings as a display of happiness. The common factor among all of these bhangras was what they expressed: THE LIFE OF A PUNJABI. The lyrics as well as the actions convey a story to the audience, a story which describes the trials and tribulations of the people. A story which shows how Punjabis overcome. The foundation for all of this is found in the beating of the dhol. An essential element of Bhangra, the dhol provides a raw invigorating sound which captures the attention of the people. The addition of foreign sounds to Bhangra is an adulteration of what it was meant to be. The strength of the message becomes diluted and the very meaning of the song takes a back seat to the music, or the quality of the remixing. Only through understanding and attempting to filter out these additional elements can one begin to appreciate what the Shan of Punjab truly is. While this new-age bhangra has its place, real bhangra is the Pride of Punjab.|
-- Roop Singh , firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, there is plenty of reason to stick with traditional Bhangra! While mixes of Bhangra and other musical genres (house, techno, hip hop, etc.) has produced great music, strict adherence to the traditional aspects of Bhangra is stil best. Deep bass produced by electronic instruments is okay, but nothing beats the natural, sublime sound created by an actual dhol. Bhangra is best live, with real instruments and real people.|
-- Clint Kelly , email@example.com