Bhangra is a beautiful form of expression, a celebration of life,
performed with overwhelming and infectious energy. Though the
existence of Bhangra may precede historical records, it can be
traced as far back as 500 years, originating in the fertile region
of Punjab, India, also known as the land of five waters (rivers).
Punjab spans over the Northwestern region of the Indian
Subcontinent, spread amongst Indian states of Punjab, Jammu,
Kashmir, Himachal, Hariyana and Pakistani Punjab. While working in
the fields of this fertile land farmers gave birth to Bhangra while
the women created Giddha, Bhangra’s counterpart.
The basic movements of Bhangra relate to farming activities like
ploughing, sowing and harvesting. Traditionally performed to
celebrate the harvest, Bhangra reflected the enthusiasm and
appreciation shared among rural folk as they witnessed their hard
labor bear fruit. The main instrument played during Bhangra is a
barrel size drum called the dhol accompanied with a single string
instrument called the tumbi. Bhangra is truly one of the most
joyous and celebratory forms of dancing, typically performed at
festive occasions and celebrations by all generations alike.