Bhangra Dance

Bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. Punjabis performed Bhangra to celebrate the success of the harvest. People perform Bhangra on the day of Baisakhi, April 13. Bhangra is considered the king of dances.

Performance—During Bhangra, people sing Punjabi Boliyaan lyrics, at least one person plays the Dholl drum. The dancers begin to move in a circle around the drummer, who now and then lifts the two sticks, with which he beats the drum, to beckon the dancers to a higher tempo of movement. The costume of a Bhangra dancer consists of a bright, colored Patka on the head, a lacha or lungi of the same color, a long tunic and a black or blue waistcoat and ghunghroos on the ankles. Some dancers also wear small rings (nuntian) in their ears.