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World Bhangra Day 2014 – Celebrates community and creativity with the launch of the new publication

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Bhangra: Mystics, Music and Migration explores the origins of this folk song and dance from the Panjab in South Asia and its development into part of modern British culture in the hybrid soundscape of British Bhangra and beyond.



This book originated in academic research and the Heritage-lottery funded Bhangra Renaissance project. Through ethnographic research, oral history interviews, performances, photography, story-telling and community activity it celebrates the past contribution of all those involved in Bhangra.

This ground-breaking work provides an in-depth history of the spiritualism of performance and song, and an overview of the artists involved in influencing its development, as well as contemporaries leading the way of Bhangra’s renaissance amongst the South Asian diaspora in the UK and around the world.

The publication beautifully illustrated with over 400 photographs, original commissioned works of art, ephemeral and historical images including the first documented image of Bhangra.


Hardeep Sahota – Artist, teacher, choreographer, academic and performer; he has taken his passion for Bhangra and strived to elevate its standing to new levels. A true philanthropist who has over the last 20 years worked with his team to help charities and voluntary organisations to help raise thousands of pounds for good causes across the region through performances. An avid bastion for the art form of Bhangra, he has always believed in free open-access to Bhangra dance and music lessons for all. A true visionary, as he hopes that one day millions of people from around the world will take part in the ‘World Bhangra Day’ celebrations, where participants will perform Bhangra, in unison around the world, through the power of new technologies.

Foreword Dr Rajinder Dudrah

About this book
An Essence of Bhangra
Bhangra in Academi
Chapter 1 Exploring the soundscape of Panjab
Chapter 2 Exploring Bhangra dance and mysticism
Chapter 3 Evolution of Bhangra music
Chapter 4 Bhangra in Renaissance
Chapter 5 The diversity of Bhangra
Select bibliography
Key terms
Personal dedication


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Bhangra · News · Punjabi · Urban

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