Bollywood Louisville » Bhangra
Originally, a folk art that has now shed its folk associations and is now considered to be a urban commercial genre. It is very popular among the youth and among the Indian Diaspora. Per ChandraKantha.com:
Originally, the bhangra was a folk dance performed by the Punjab men during the harvest festival. Over the centuries, bhangra grew to encompass not only the female dances at the harvest festival (giddha) but a number of rural Punjabi folk dances. It grew in popularity, and expanded its range to the point where bhangra was then found over much of Northwest India and Pakistan. Furthermore, it could be performed on any festive occasion, and not just during the harvest festival . . .Bhangra's growth as an international art form began in Great Britain. The Indo-Pakistan expatriate community was in its second and third generation. They could not relate to a changed India or Pakistan, but were also unable to completely assimilate into traditional British society. In this cultural vacuum, the bhangra grew to become an important symbol of self identity.
Author: Maura Enright
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