BHANGRA

Bhangra Competition – SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH  at NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

SCOTIA CONVENTION CENTER, NIAGARA FALLS

2017 REGISTRATION PACKAGE

On behalf of Virasat Media and I Mela Inc., we are pleased to present to you Bhangra at the Falls (BATF) which will be held on Saturday, August in beautiful Niagara Falls.   We are pleased with the numerous teams that have already taken interest in applying to our Bhangra Competition.  The BATF Committee will be selecting TEN competing teams to participate in one category.  The registration deadline is Sunday July 9th 2017.  Late applications will be rejected as it takes time to review applications.  The selected teams will be announced on our website, imela.ca by July 15th 2017.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  1.  Complete and submit the attached registration form electronically to bhangra@imela.ca
  2.  Attach a 3-4 minute video of you Bhangra team performing or practicing your routine.
  3.  Our committee requires 50% of the competing roster to be in the practice video so we are fair to all the interested applicants.
  4.  There is a $200 registration fee for teams that are selected (Which is non-refundable).
  5. The BATF committee will be ordering iMela t-shirts for all competing teams. Please ensure that each team member’s size is indicated in the registration package. Please indicate whether the size is an adult or child size.

For any questions or concerns about competing at BATF, please feel free to contact us through email at bhangra@imela.ca

 


Bhangra is a type of folk dance. The dance started in the Punjab region, now divided between India and Pakistan, and began as a folk dance which was conducted by Punjabi farmers of all creeds, Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, to celebrate the coming of the harvest season.

The outfits for Bhangra are Turla or torla, Pag, which is a turban that is a sign of pride/honor in Punjab and is tied differently than the traditional turbans that the Sikhs and other people wear on the street, Kurta which is a silk shirt, with about four buttons and is very loose with embroidered patterns, Lungi or chadar which is a loose loincloth tied around the dancer’s waist, Jugi which is a waistcoat with no buttons, and Rumāl which are small scarves that are worn tied on to the fingers.

Bhangra has evolved and in the past 30 years it has become integrated into popular Asian culture after being mixed with hip hop, house and reggae styles of music. Bhangra has come a long way from its humble beginnings in India but now it is recognised and enjoyed the world over.

The influence of Bhangra can be seen clearly in the world of Bollywood with Bhangra artists being used to supply the soundtracks to some of the biggest movies from this industry. There’s a lively Bhangra music scene alive and kicking in the U.K. with some of the biggest DJ’s and singers performing across the country every year. Some universities and organizations have even started holding Bhangra dance competitions such is the popularity of the genre. Bhangra has even begun to find its way into R&B music as mainstream artists pick up on the potential of Bhangra to add an alternative spin to a record. Bhangra influences can be heard in Missy Elliott’s track “Get Your Freak On” and from music by the rapper Jay Z and The Fugees.