16th November 2017

High Energy Bhangra Dancing in Diwali Assembly

High Energy Bhangra Dancing in Diwali Assembly

As part of this year’s Diwali Assembly, Mr Bali performed a Bhangra dance with all the children in Year 3. This assembly was a culmination of their topic of Hinduism and combined, song, dance, music, poetry and a dramatic retelling of the Rama and Sita story.  In the sport section of the School’s website there is a video of the dance:

 

Year 3 Bhangra Dance

 

Year 3 had fun learning Bhangra dancing which originated in the Punjab region of India. Traditionally a good harvest was celebrated by dancing and singing songs to the sound of the dhol drum. The dance rhythm is set by the dhol which provides the bass to the dance. It is a large North Indian drum played with cane sticks. The tension is adjusted to produce the bass and treble sound. The dance uses a lot of arm and shoulder movements. Bhangra is now used to describe a high energy dance style of dance music developed by young Asians and performed at weddings and parties. Bhangra fuses Western pop music, Hindi film music and folk music from the Punjabi region.