Bhangra Dance at Vaisakhi
Another thing that impressed me very much in my encounter with the Punjabi culture at the Vaisakhi is the extremely vibrant Bhangra dance. It is (let me quote from a paragraph from punjabionline.com) “a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. People traditionally performed Bhangra when celebrating the harvest. During Bhangra, people sing Punjabi Boliyaan lyrics, at least one person plays the the dhol drum, and other people may play the flute, dholak drum, or other musical instruments. 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.” Let me add that it is a male-only dance. Women’s similar dance is called Giddha Dance. Both Bhangra and Giddha are highly energized, strongly rhythmic dance. They speed up your heart beat and make you dance. I love them.
The following pictures were taken on April 21 at the Vaisakhi festival in Surrey, BC and have been post-processed in a vividly colorful style that I think reflects the vibrancy of Bhangra.