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Mixing Ladder Challenges / Week 5 Match Ups
« on: October 10, 2016, 11:11:14 PM »
Match Ups this week:
   DJ Preet vs KSM [Song: Canon - OVERWERK]
   ICM Ent vs Double A [Song: DJ Sona Concussive (Bassnectar x Renholder) - League of Legends]
   XI Music vs HsK [Song: Gry - What I Wanna Be ft. Maskerade, Jordz The Jay]
   YGR Ent vs HS [Song: Kozah - Unleash (feat. Otherside)]
   DSJ vs DJ Chet [Song: Rick Astley - Keep Singing]


Theme: Desi-fy these songs.

Due to the mods being posted slightly late on posting this, mixes are due Monday (10/17) at 11:59pm EST. Emailed to

Main Bhangra Discussion / Watch out Australia.. Hong Kong is next! :D
« on: October 01, 2015, 09:10:41 PM »
Hi friends,

I had came across this on fb the other day, but got too busy to post.

Introducing "Funjabi Bhangra Hong Kong (HK)"

UK.. Australia.. SE Asia scene to explode next? Who knows?? lol.

~ Basim :)

Even though this is a pain to do, I'm posting the relevant posts from the shoutbox in chronological order for those that missed the initial posts/wanted to read them. Please continue this discussion here  :)

In the future, let's try to discuss such topics on the forum so that others who don't see the initial posts can also participate.

SGupta7 [19|Apr 04:11 AM]: Kb, they had a pagh issue. Can't say for sure but I think it took them out of the running because it was pretty distracting from the rest of the set

nmistry2 [19|Apr 12:00 PM]: DRP had a guys paghs fall off like everyone knows, they didn't do anything disrespectful but they took a while to take it off stage and it distracted all their dancers

PunjabPolice [19|Apr 01:18 PM]: paghan should never come off

SGupta7 [20|Apr 05:00 PM]: @nmistry what?? the pagh fell off, was left on stage for two minutes and got stepped on. all of this was obviously accidental, but to say that it wasn't disrespectful is just inaccurate. It's unfortunate what happened, especially because i think drp would have placed had the pagh not fallen and been such a distraction during the performance.

Jackie [20|Apr 05:47 PM]: @SGupta7 for further clarification: the pagh fell off during the beginning of our daang segment and remained on the stage for the remainder of it (1 minute). The reason it was difficult to pick it up respectively and place it off stage during that time was because every dancer on stage had a prop in his or her hand. The window for opportunity was also fairly hard because our daang song is very formationally based, we apologize if anyone was offended by efforts.

Jackie [20|Apr 05:48 PM]: *our efforts.

mithu [20|Apr 06:08 PM]: @jackie not really a valid excuse. Paghs > props or w/e is going on. Not sure why this isnt drilled into every dancer (guy or girl).

puttsardar98 [20|Apr 07:20 PM]: Not to beat on this topic too much. In terms of the DRP pugh situation, I'd just like to say that the respect for the pugh should always be prioritized over the set. IMO, a dancer should have picked the pugh up, stop dancing if necessary, and move it to the side. For the future, I'd suggest teams make this a "rule" of sorts before getting on stage. Fortunately pughs don't fall off so often, but teams need to be made aware of the significance a pugh carries before wearing one and going on stage.

SGupta7 [20|Apr 08:20 PM]: @Jackie, I totally understand that, but to me it seemed like there were opportunities. For example, the pagh was clearly quite loose throughout the first minute or two of the set and as an audience member I was immediately nervous because I could see the pagh rising on your dancers forehead. When it fell, it wasn't a surprise. Given that, I think there was a 15-20 second period where your dancer was very close to sidestage and could have danced off, removed the pagh, and come back onto stage. I understand that he tried to salvage the situation, but I think in the end it cost you a placing. I myself have had a pagh come loose during a performance and have had to dance off stage to avoid it falling off.

SGupta7 [20|Apr 08:23 PM]: I realize it's super unfortunate that it happened, but as mentioned above, pagh > everything. It's not about bhangra at that point, but about respect for sikhism. I myself am Hindu Punjabi, so I can't say that I am the best source, but that's the conclusion i've drawn from talking to multiple Sikh Punjabis and learning how they feel about their paghan, in general. A bhangra pagh should be no different. Didn't mean to put anyone on the spot, but I think that the topic is worth further discussion, considering this has happened numerous times at numerous competitions.

KarnSingh [20|Apr 11:24 PM]: fawk it shit happens, no harm done to anyone. we can all talk about all the dispect to the pagh and all that all we want, we do plenty of things to disrespect more than just a pagh on a daily basis. DRP can handle this situation on their own, I'm sure they dont need to hear from anyone. Respect to them for coming all the way from cali to, they worked enough and long to preserve respect for the culture, tradition, etc ... one mishap that literally lasted 1 minute during their entire season isnt shit ... the hours and months of practice they put in is all respect to the culture that isnt being credited

KarnSingh [20|Apr 11:25 PM]: long enough*

KarnSingh [20|Apr 11:33 PM]: on a side note, the pagh isn't all about just wearing something on your head becasue of religion or culture or tradition... it has a lot to do with carrying the honor and valor a pagh was worn in the name of justice and righteousness throughout history, and wearing a pagh is about holding those sacrifices on your head above all else

KarnSingh [20|Apr 11:33 PM]: worn with*

puttsardar98 [20|Apr 11:54 PM]:   @KarnSingh wasn't trying to discredit all that they

puttsardar98 [20|Apr 11:55 PM]:   all that they've done. This is just a good opportunity to remind dancers how to handle the situation better next time.

hardeep_singh [21|Apr 12:28 AM]: it's tough to decide exactly how to react to a moment like that on stage. especially when going to pick up a pagg could throw off other dancers. you also cant really do anything to stop a pagg from coming off once it starts slipping and until it actually comes off you just have to keep dancing and hoping that itll stay on.

hardeep_singh [21|Apr 12:29 AM]: any sort of malfunction on stage is scary as fuck, first time i ever danced my chadra was slipping off the whole set

SGupta7 [21|Apr 12:41 AM]: @KarnSingh, I get what you're saying, but it's really hard to say "shit happens" or like someone else, "nothing disrespectful happened" when to many people, what happened on stage would be seen as a big deal. People are very touchy and protective of religion and traditions, etc. For you and many others, it may not be a big deal. But the opposite is also true. I say play it safe and do what you can to prevent this discussion from even happening.

SGupta7 [21|Apr 12:44 AM]: As far as the performance goes, I think any malfunction should be handled immediately regardless of how it impacts the set. Any good bhangra judge will see a pagh fall off, and assess based on recovery. I can say with almost 100% certainty that had that pagh been removed from stage as soon as it had fallen or right before, DRP would have been in the discussion for a placing. At the very least, it would've been significantly less distracting to the overall set.

The Honest Truth [21|Apr 01:43 AM]: how bout we all get a life

The Honest Truth [21|Apr 01:46 AM]: that is to all the people attacking drp

The Honest Truth [21|Apr 01:46 AM]: lets find something better to do with our time shall we?

SGupta7 [21|Apr 02:10 AM]: not attacking, but i think it's worth the discussion. maybe not for btf chat though.

singh123 [21|Apr 06:26 AM]: "pagh > everything" you can say that again

agoel21 [21|Apr 03:00 PM]: late but I completely agree with Shawn

Off-Topic / My official hero
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:42:35 PM »
My official hero:

Garoto de 8 anos no India's Got Talent é incrível

Alternate link incase the one above goes down:

Feel free to share if you agree with this sentiment ;) haha.

~ Basim :)

** Please take a few moments to listen to the mixes posted below and select the top 3 mixes in the poll. The winners of this poll will be featured on Trisha Arora's "Bhangra Beats" show which airs on Radio Asia 103.3 FM & 103.9 FM throughout New Jersey & Staten Island, New York. More information below. **

Voting ends this Friday at noon (12 P.M.) PST


DJ Aka$h:    



DJ Preet:

"Bhangra Beats" is a show hosted by Trisha K. Arora and it airs on Radio Asia (based in Edison, NJ) every Saturday from 4-6 P.M. EST.

Radio Asia has two frequencies 103.3FM HD2 throughout New Jersey and 103.9FM in Central Jersey and Staten Island. The show can also be heard worldwide at, on our Radio Asia FM phone app for iPhones and Androids as well as via iHeart Radio and TuneIn Radio.

On Bhangra Beats, Trisha plays a variety of songs from old school Bhangra, to new tracks, to remixes as well as selected tracks by upcoming artists. Trisha has interviewed many personalities such as Superwoman, AkakaAmazing, Pree Mayall, Jus Ritz, Biba Singh, G-Deep, Luv Randhawa, Randy J., Raginder "Violinder", Mandeep Sethi, Nisha Sembhi, Hoodini and Baagi, Missy J the female dholi, Ricky Jatt, Gurpreet Singh Sarin of American Idol, Amit Kumar and Devenderpal Singh of Indian Idol, Arjun, Mickey Singh and Satinder Sartaaj.

Bhangra Beats is heard by at least 50,000 people worldwide via our website and another 20,000 people via our phone apps. Most listeners are from the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), California, Canada and the UK.

More information on the show is available at:

Trisha updates listeners on the songs she's playing throughout the show at her personal twitter:

*Be sure to tune in this Saturday from 4-6 P.M. EST to hear your favorite Week 6 BTF Mixing Ladder DJ's LIVE on the air!*


Bhangra Empire's Power Hour
As some of you may or may not know, Bhangra Empire has started its very own Bhangra Empire Radio Power Hour show. This internet radio show is played weekly, with brand new shows airing every Saturday at 12pm (PST). More information can be found here at this link:
This side project started in October 2011, and since then it has been supporting the tracks of Raginder Momi, Sanjoy Deb, Hari B, Ajit Singh, Harleen Singh, Jasbir S. Thabal, Klasikhz, and many more! Power Hour has gotten over 500 listeners at it's peak and averages over 300 listeners weekly.
*A special episode will air this Saturday featuring your BTF Mixing Ladder Week 5 winners: Karan Deol, DJ Preet, and Swizzee*
Listen to Bhangra Empire's Power Hour on Saturday, October 12th at 12 PM (PST) to hear your favorite DJ's from BTF and to catch up on the latest bhangra mixes, new song releases, and classics.
Follow the link above or TuneIn via your iPhone or Android device! In order to get BTF's DJs even more exposure, feel free to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Mixing Ladder Challenges / BTF Mixing Ladder - Song Suggestions
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:54:17 AM »
I didn't want to clutter up the other topics/threads with just a list of song suggestions, so I thought this topic could be a central place to receive suggestions on songs that people on BTF want to hear remixed.

If you're suggesting only a few songs and the songs aren't in the Media Center, are hard to find/rare/old, and you have a high quality version of the songs it would be of big help to the mixers if you could attach them with your post/suggestion.

~ Basim  :)

P.S. - Mods, feel free to edit this as necessary.

Off-Topic / Super Chittar - Danish Ali
« on: May 14, 2013, 03:12:38 PM »

Burrraahh Punjabi Movie - Theatrical Trailer 2012 (Official First Look)

Finally a Punjabi movie based on Bhangra! Looks sickkk!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / New Bhangra World Record 2,552 People
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:07:59 PM »
New Bhangra World Record 2,552 (CLIP)

Yesssssss - We All Just Smashed The Old Record Of 2,100 To New Bhangra World Record Of 2,552 Bhangra Lawk Naach. FRI 10TH AUG 2012
at Sant Nirankari Mandal, Potters Lane, Wednesbury, West Midlands, UK.
With The Blessings Of All Mighty God & Everybody's Help We Got A New World Record. YES Something To Be Proud Off For The Rest Of Our Lives - King G Mall.

Pretty amazing if you ask me,

~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Bhangra Empire @ Bruin Bhangra 2012 GTV
« on: June 05, 2012, 02:39:38 PM »
Bhangra Empire @ Bruin Bhangra 2012

1st Place performance at Bruin Bhangra 2012.

Posted with team's permission. Special thanks to GTV for once again providing such amazing video quality.

Watch it in 1080p to get the full affect.


~ Basim :)

Off-Topic / Teri Pan da Rishta [TRAILER]
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:37:00 PM »
Teri Pan da Rishta - TRAILER

Trailer for Teri Pan da Rishta
Starring: Preet Chahal, Gagan Goraya, Manveer Kaur Mann, Manpreet Toor, Sanjit Shergill,

Produced by Playground Pictures

I see some familiar faces... funny stuff guys! Keep it up.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Bhangra Empire goes INTERNATIONAL!
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:56:16 PM »
So Bhangra Empire has done a lot of "big" things in terms of recognition on a national level. Now they are crossing larger bodies of water and taking their routine to the INTERNATIONAL platform.

Bhangra Empire - Special Announcement - 2012

This type of exposure for newcomers to Bhangra is just awesome, so I'm glad Bhangra Empire is doing a lot to spread the cultural dance.


~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Xtreme Xmas Bhangra. Santa's Challenge
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:52:41 PM »

Hear the jingle and watch Santa come out at 3:04  ;D  Ranjit is too funny.

Enjoy! Happy holidays everyone,

~ Basim :)

Off-Topic / Hey! Punjabi is a Pakistani language, too! *MUST WATCH*
« on: December 10, 2011, 10:39:37 PM »
I had been waiting for this topic to be addressed for quite some time and Stephen Gucciardi aka the "Gora Punjabi" spoke about it in his most recent video. For those who don't know, he's a Religious Studies major/Italian & South Asian studies minor out of The University of Toronto and he has a lot of linguistics knowledge on many of the South Asian languages.

Enjoy it everyone and please share it with your friends:

Hey! Punjabi is a Pakistani language, too!

The ending of the video sends out a great message and I hope that all of us Punjabi's can stay united to keep the language & culture alive,

~ Basim :)

For those that keep up with the Bhangra Empire blog by Omer (former dancer/now "coach"), he stated that Bhangra Empire will NOT be performing at Elite 8 2012 in one of his latest blog posts:

The 4th paragraph states:

"That being said, we will not be performing at Elite 8 this year. Though we didn’t get an ‘official’ invite, we were contacted by the committee a couple of months ago to discuss the possibility of returning to Elite 8 for a 3rd straight year. Again, I went to the team to see if they would be interested, and this time they were not. So we let the committee know right then that we were not interested this year. Why, you ask? Well, the main reason is we have been to Washington DC 4 times now. We wanted to focus more on a local competition in the Bay Area instead. And of course, we assumed the judging would be the same. And at this point, for us, it did not make sense to return to a competition that placed us near the bottom each year even though we put on extremely clean, energetic, creative, and entertaining performances both years. Should we have won first both years? I’m not saying that, but at the same time, it is difficult for a team to get motivated to practice for a performance that they have lost before even stepping foot on stage, and that has been the case both years at Elite."

You can give credit to Detective Basim for this finding ;) I guess it's time to alter those predictions everyone.

~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Boston Bhangra 2011 Videos *DOWNLOAD FIRST*
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:30:36 PM »
To prevent Boston Bhangra from claiming and removing the videos (gay sponsor), make sure you *DOWNLOAD THE VIDEOS TO YOUR COMPUTER ASAP!*

Download links for Bhangra Empire & FAUJ removed upon request.

*For those at that can't download them directly, search for them on youtube and use keepvid ( to save them to your computer!*

Now that we have them all, let's discuss!


~ Basim :)

Swanny vs Murali 50p challenge HD by Farrukh

I thought this was pretty amazing.. probably took them about half a day to do, but it's still impressive.


~ Basim :)

Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Commands in Punjabi
« on: June 30, 2011, 10:15:28 PM »
So I got forwarded this in an e-mail and thought I would share with my fellow BTF lovers  :-*

Imagine if your computer were to start working in Punjabi, you will have commands like these on your computer (no kidding!)
Send = Sutto
Insert = Wich Paao
Attachement = Naal Laao
Edit = Sidda Karo
View = Waikhee Jaao
Forward = Aggay Sutto
Inbox = Undar Da Daak Khaana
Outbox = Baar Da Daak Khana
Trash = Mitti Paao
Sent Items = Bheji Gayee Dak
Address Book = Patay Wali Kaapee
Delete = Daffa Karo
Download = Thallay Laao
Properties = Jaidaad
Connect = Naal Milaao
Paste = Thook Naal Chambraao
From = Bhejne Walaa Banda
To = Door Betha Hoya Banda
Subject = Khaas Gall
Carbon Copy = Koelay Walee Naqal
High priority = Waddee Takleef

 and finally..

 Ctrl+Alt+Delete = Sara Syapa Mukao.


~ Basim :)


For those that appreciate talent in whatever form it's presented in:

YoYoFactory Present: Jensen Kimmitt 2010 World yoyo Contest 1A 1st Place

~ Basim :)

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