Bhangra is an euphoric harvest dance from Punjab, Pakistan and India, which emerged around 500 years ago. It is ordinarily accompanied by energetic singing and drum beating.
Originally, this dance is performed by farmers to celebrate an abundant harvest season. The dance movements imitate farming activities like sowing and reaping. In time, Bhangra has evolved and fused with other kinds of music and dance such as hip hop, disco, reggae and techno. Since then, Bhangra has been dominating the club scene internationally. Next, comes its advent into the fitness world via the Bhangra aerobic dance.
Traditionally, Bhangra dancing is held to celebrate weddings and other major events, and performers typically celebrated the spring harvest with Bhangra as well. The dance is characterized by fast beating, energetic music with strong percussion and colorful, playful dancing. The high energy of Bhangra dance is fun for participants and observers alike.
Dancers can be both male and female, and people tend to wear traditional costumes for Bhangra dancing. These costumes are usually brightly colored and flowing so that they move with the dancers as they execute challenging moves. A wide range of costumes can be seen in Bhangra dance performances, including long, flowing skirts for women and loosely fitting tunics for men. Scarves and jewelry are common accessories for dancers.
In Indian, traditional Bhangra dancing is a feature at many major events, with skilled dance troupes displaying a number of traditional dance moves for the crowd. Indian festivals and culture fairs in other parts of the world also feature Bhangra dancing. Some regions also sponsor Bhangra dancing competitions, in which regional teams can strut their stuff; despite the Indian origins of this traditional dance, people from all sorts of cultural backgrounds compete in these competitions. Bhangra music has also been borrowed by many musical traditions, and it pops up in some surprising places, from reggae performances to concert halls.