Punjabi Bhangra Dance

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Bhangra is perhaps the most powerful dance beat that instantly injects adrenaline in to your veins and charges your emotions. A traditional folk dance of Punjab (in Pakistan and India) Bhangra, originated almost 500 years ago. This hybrid dance was invented by the farmers and it was performed to welcome the harvesting season. Today, Bhangra is equally popular in the whole world with its charm and rocking beats because it adoption by other genres of music.

Punjabi Bhangra Dance
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Bhangra Dance was traditionally a part and parcel of Baisakhi festival that fell on April 14th and it was the beginning of the solar year. So in order to make the joyous celebrations for the new year and harvesting it was considered as the expression of the enthusiasm of the locals. Nowadays it has placed itself in many happy occasions like folk festivals, marital ceremonies, celebrations and other festive moments.

Bhangra dance’s main musical instrument is a barrel size drum called Dhol. The beats of dhol are so awesome that it attracts every listener to move the body with thrill and flare. Now Dhol is also accompanied with other musical instruments like Tablas  , Flute , tumbi and sarangi. Bhangra has also adopted many other combinations of dances from different parts of the Punjab like Jhumar, Luddi, Giddha, Julli, Daankara, Dhamal, Saami, Kikli, and Gatka.

The outfits while doing Bhangra are also of special significance. Traditionally, men wear a Kurta and  chaadra (a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist). Some of them also use colorful turbans in addition to these dresses. The conventional dress of Punjabi women is known as a salwar kameez. These colorful dresses with beautiful designs make the environment more intensified and frenzy. Women also use chunnis, colorful pieces of cloth wrapped around the neck.

Folk Dance Punjabi Bhangra
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The Hip Hop Bhangra beats have gained international recognition these days. In many parts of the world , regular Bhangra competitions are conducted and the winners are granted with huge money and trophies.

 


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