Ready to learn Bhangra dancing from a viral sensation?
Announced Tuesday afternoon, viral-sensation and Punjab dancer, Gurdeep Pandher, will facilitate a Bhangra class on the lawns of the BC Legislature.
On Wednesday, August 11th, Pandher will take to the front lawn of the BC legislature at 6 p.m. to teach Bhangra to anyone who wants to join.
Exciting news for those in Victoria: our friend @GurdeepPandher will be offering a Bhangra lesson on the #BCLeg front lawns on Wednesday, August 11 at 6pm. All are welcome to attend! #YYJ pic.twitter.com/UttSA87pCb
— BC Legislature (@BCLegislature) August 10, 2021
A traditional folk dance originating in Punjab, India, Bhangra was started by farmers so they could “joyfully and rhythmically do their tasks,” Gurdeep told Victoria Buzz.
“Farming was tough, so Punjab farmers came up with the idea that if they did it more rhythmically it could be joyful. So, they started Bhangra purely for happiness, positivity, and to give thanks to their land,” said Gurdeep.
Gurdeep told me he too wishes to bring joy and positivity through the traditional Punjab dance of Bhangra.
Since 2012, Punjab-born and Yukon-living Gurdeep Pandher has taken the world by storm by taking the traditional folk dance, Bhangra, around Canada.
His posts have gone viral and his work has been featured on CBC Yukon, CBC National, CTV National News, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, SBS Australia, and many other platforms.
Even Canadian embassies abroad have shared his work.
In 2019, Pandher collaborated with the Canadian Armed Forces to create a Punjabi Bhangra dance video to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in The Canadian Forces.
Last week, Pandher appeared at Uptown for a special virtual dance.