The Bhangra (NJ) And Tufts University Teams Were Winners At Boston Bhangra Competition
Bhangra. What is bhangra? Bhangra “can express anything
from the height of joie-de-vivre to sudden bursts of warlike emotions.
There is no known folk dance in the world that has the range of
Bhangra…The Punjabi Bhangra is a dance that combines every known
emotion. Bhangra is a traditional dance, harvest dance, wrestlers
dance, dance of spiritual ecstasy, dance of joy and abandon and dance
of romance” is what the Bhangra Council explains it as
This dance was on full display during the Boston Bhangra Competition at
John Hancock Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2005. 12 bhangra
teams came from all over North America and Canada to compete for the
number 1 bhangra team at the Boston Bhangra Competition. There
were teams from Vancouver Canada, California, Florida, Michigan, New
York, New Jersey, and of course Boston. The crowd was electric,
with over 1100 people in attendance to cheer on the participants.
This competition did so well last year that the tickets actually sold
out in 2 weeks this year!!! That is very impressive for the second
All of the teams were very exciting, but unfortunately, only 4 could
win. Boston Bhangra actually chose to award a 4th prize just
because of the high competition level. “The judges just couldn’t
decide on 3 top teams, so they awarded 4,” said Amit Bhambi, the
president of Boston Bhangra. The top award went to THE Bhangra
Team, which hails from New Jersey, due specifically to the authenticity
of their dance, by doing all of their singing and instrument playing
live on stage, and were awarded a trophy, medals, and $2500.
Second place was awarded to a local team, Tufts University, who were
awarded a trophy and $1000. Third place was awarded to Khalsa
Junction from California who were awarded a trophy and $500, and fourth
place went to Duniya All Stars from Vancouver who were awarded a dhol.
One of the highlights of the show were the singers and producers from
England that performed before the trophies were awarded. DCS put
on a great singing performance with live dhols on stage, while the
competitors danced behind them.
Boston Bhangra even had food on sale from Bombay Club during
intermission for the hungry folk in the audience, and seem to be airing
the show on Sahara One sometime in early 2006. They will be
selling DVD’s of the show in December 2005.
“Bhangra is very important to us, and we want to recognize it in its
fullest form. Bhangra is a very exciting dance, and we want all
of Boston to see just how rich this aspect of our Indian culture
is. We have extreme respect for all the teams that came here
today as they put in a lot of hard work and dedication to make this
show possible.” These are the words of Rohit Bhambi, one of the
organizers of the show. “Without the support of the community and
our sponsors, this show wouldn’t have been possible.”
These are the words spoken from one of the most recognized teams in the
country within the bhangra circuit, Boston Bhangra. They are
encompassed of college students, and community members that go and
compete across the country. They are seen as one of the top 5
bhangra teams in North America currently.
The Boston Bhangra organization puts on this show each year, and has
many other goals, including it’s mentorship program, teaching bhangra
classes, and competing nationally at various competitions across the
To find out more about this organization, visit their website: www.bostonbhangra.com, or call them @ 617-687-9181.
Overall the show was very well organized, fun to watch, and should be
something that everybody should try to experience. The ticket
prices were nominal for the three and half hour show with the amount of
talent that was on display. Definitely a must see show come next
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