The term Bhangra (ਭੰਗੜਾ) refers to the traditional dance originating in the Majha area of the Punjab region.free form traditional Bhangra originating in Punjab, India and modern Bhangra developed by the Punjabi diaspora.
The origins of traditional Bhangra are speculative. According to I.S. Dhillon, Bhangra is related to the Punjabi dance 'bagaa' which is a martial dance of Punjab. However, the folk dance of Majha originated in Sialkot and took root in Gujranwalla, Sheikhupur, Gujrat (districts in Punjab, Pakistan) and Gurdaspur (district in Punjab, India).The traditional form of Bhangra danced in the villages of Sialkot district is regarded as the standard.Although the main districts where traditional Bhangra is performed are in Punjab, Pakistan, the community form of traditional Bhangra has been maintained in Gurdaspur district, Punjab, India and has been maintained by people who have settled in Hoshiarpur, Punjab India after leaving what is now Punjab, Pakistan. Being a seasonal dance, traditional Bhangra is practiced in the month leading up to the festival of Vaisakhi.
Traditional Bhangra is performed in a circle and is performed using traditional dance steps. The drum is played according to local beats and is accompanied by singing peculiar to Majha which are folk songs called dhola. The following is an example of a dhola.
Bhangra dancers from Michigan State University dancing at the annual Buckeye Mela event at Ohio State University.By the 1990s, modern Bhangra was being staged in the Punjabi Diaspora, often characterized by a fusion with Western dance styles and the use of prerecorded audio mixes.
Since the 1990s, universities and other organizations have held annual modern Bhangra dance competitions in many of the main cities of the United States, Canada, and England as well. At these competitions, young Punjabis, other South Asians, and people with no South Asian background compete for money and trophies.
Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region in Southeast Asia. As many Bhangra lyrics reflect the long and often tumultuous history of the Punjab, knowledge of Punjabi history offers important insights into the meaning of the music. While Bhangra began as a part of harvest festival celebrations, it eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings and New Year celebrations. Moreover, during the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip -hop, house, and reggae. As Bhangra continues to move into mainstream culture, an understanding of its history and tradition helps to appreciate it.
Bhangra Desire International Folk Art Club is a dance club , Bhangra desire established in september 2012 and registered in 2016, till now approximately 50 members join us ,where the Boys and Girls give Performances of Punjabi Dance Bhangra,Gidha , jaago, Luddi, Lady Sangeet, jhoomer etc. on corporate and family events like opening of Companies, Prize Distribution Functions , fairwel parties, Weddings, Reception Parties, Birthday Parties, Cultural Activities, Fairs, Festivals, Bhangra Desire International Folk Art Club Performs national and internaional. The president Mr Ramneet Singh travelled to following places till now:1.Muscat(Oman),2014
In our national activities we have peformed in PUNJAB Virsa Youth Club and Got First Price, INDIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION (All India Folk Arts Contest) and got 2nd Price, we have also perfom in PUNJABI CULTURE & SPORTS CENTER BADDOWAL, LUDHIANA, GURU NANAK DEV UNIVERSITY AMRITSAR, Khalsa college for women, Amritsar.