When the Columbia University Bhangra team emerges on stage at their annual Bhangra in the Heights performances, they are wearing traditional Punjabi costumes in red, blue, turquoise, green, purple, and yellow pairings. They are often holding daangs and saaps—two key props used in any number of Bhangra segments—and dancing to North Indian music....
Before the music started playing and the dancers took the stage at the 11th annual Bhangra in the Heights on Saturday night, one of the night’s emcees, Kriti Kumar, CC ’20, asked, “How many Punjabis here tonight?”...
The dancers of CU Bhangra are formidable to behold. They stomp, clap, and shout—windmilling their arms as they turn, jumping into the air with their knees high and heels pulled tight to their bodies, dropping to the ground to repeat the hops in a grand plié. It's hard work, as their panting betrays when their co-president Ishaan Kolluri, a School of Engineering and Applied Science senior, pauses the music. But CU Bhangra isn't like all Bhangra teams. The music Kolluri silenced wasn't just composed of dhol drum, tumbi, and a voice warbling Punjabi poetry; it also contained the recognizable beats of hip-hop and synthetic stabs of electronica....
It's late. You're up. I'd tell you to fall asleep, but I don't want you to miss out on this post!
Learn some foundational Bhangra skills and show them off this weekend alongside Columbia Bhangra at their popular event, "Bhangra in the Heights.''