Tuesday, April 14, 2009

History of Bhangra

Think of bhangra music and you will find your hands up in the air and your feet aching to move. That’s the charm and effect of this great musical style. It’s basically a Punjabi folk dance the popularity of which has spilled across the borders. Not only India but several parts of the world have accepted the magical effects of bhangra. The origin place of bhangra is Punjab, situated in the heart of northern India. If we try to trace its origin then, bhangra basically comes as a folk dance. The celebrated Baisakhi festival of Punjab is also considered as the peaking of harvest season. People celebrated the bumper harvest with dance and songs.

With the passage of time, bhangra evolved and later on it became a part of lifestyle. Bhangra is performed in all sort happy occasions. To incorporate different styles of music and the original dance, bhangra also expanded itself. Bhangra has a happy and gay feeling about it. Probably that’s why it spread to all parts of India and subsequently world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that bhangra has turned out o be a globally renowned style of song and dance.

Evolution of music has made bhangra even more interesting. Now is the era of fusion and thus bhangra can be seen playing with elements of hip-hop, rap and other form of dance and music. The best part about bhangra is emphasis on expression. It is one of the most expressive forms of music. With lyrical nature and happy undertone, bhangra has become a subculture in itself.

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