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Music and Albums / Re: Need help with competition
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:17:35 PM »
Done! Nice rap.

G'luck homie.

~ Basim :)

Music and Albums / Re: song request can't find it anywhere
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:37:34 AM »
No offense jskaran, but it seems like all of your posts on BTF have been only to request songs/albums/sound effects from people.

You've obviously benefited a lot from BTF, so you should really try to help out others out by trying to upload/supply them with music or by answering their questions.

Just some friendly advice going forward,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Team/Competition Information
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:40:11 AM »

Before asking teams to provide you with their information...

Mind stating your affiliation? Which competition are you with?

That might help,

~ Basim :)

Great topic and a lot of great points brought up already! I was going to mention #2 from Mariam's original post because that's one thing that I've seen a lot of teams fall victim too.

Another useful tip: Continuously rotate different dancers to the front of the stage or the front of the formations (these are often the main people that are seen by the judges) so that everyone gets proper "face time" to showoff their individual dancing style/talent. It also provides more of a chance for those in the front to interact with the crowd & show off their nakhre. It becomes SUPER boring if people keep the same jori/two joris in the front.

Another point, to go along with what is stated above, is to be consistent with your energy. Going "ham" as you get to the front and then relaxing the entire time while you're in the back is a big NO NO. Modern day, good judges will pick up on these minute details.. and that's what causing many teams to loose a few points here & there... which could be the difference between placing or not placing (or placing higher).

~ Basim :)

Help! and How-to's / Re: Chunni Tutorial Videos
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:43:50 AM »
Very useful videos Mariam! Thank you for sharing.

I actually had seen the second one (from the ASD girls) a long time back, but the first video from the Shaan Punjabi Di (SPD) girls is new and shows how to tie a more "traditional" chunni that comes with many outfits these days. I remember our girls having longer chunni's and using more clips/pins, so they had to use the style/technique similar to what was shown in the SPD video.

I'm sure this will help many in the future. Feel free to add any additional tips related to the chunni in this topic.

~ Basim :)

P.S. - I embedded your videos in the original topic now.

Hey Basim! Great question!

Teams were notified that we, the eboard, would reserve the right to exercise an executive decision when it came to determining matchups in case this issue were to arise. Hope that clarifies things!

Ty for the prompt response Disha :) That's quite understandable if all teams were notified of it in advance. I love the creativity that you guys use as a committee - this voting concept is something great to get the audience/fans involved.

Just casted my vote - btw, the "submit" button is purely epic. Nice touch there, haha.

~ Basim :)

Amazing idea, but I'm just trying to figure out how this will work.

What happens if the votes end up being - i.e. FCB vs BASS.. and then JVD vs FCB... how would FCB be able to compete twice in one competition?

This could happen for multiple teams as well.. i.e. FCB vs BASS, then JVD vs FCB, then BASS vs JVD - how would you determine a final matchup? lol. It could get real ugly.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Competition Listings Calendar
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:29:11 PM »
Is this list of competitions up to date?

Hi Vic, good to see you posting again bro. Yes, it's a fairly updated list.

Having said that, we rely on the community to keep it organized and updated. If you come across anything missing or incorrect, please feel free to correct it. We've tried to make it all very easy for anyone to do.

Attention Competition Organizers/Committees - please add your listings to the calender yourself & also maintain any changes that your make to dates - this keeps everyone informed. I've PMed some of the organizers in the past about doing this since it's YOU that has the information we all need to stay organized.

Hope with our upcoming BTF platform we'll have a way to better integrate this into the forums.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Looking for some help
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:09:03 AM »
Hi Iliana,

Welcome to BTF. Please don't worry about your post - it's definitely allowed and I'm sure others on this forum can chime in with suggestions on teams closeby to the Santa Ana area (south of Los Angeles).

The closest team that I know would be UCI Ranga Punjab:

I am not 100% sure if their team is active this year, but hopefully you can contact them through facebook. If not, maybe someone else has some contact info on them.

There is also UCLA's Bruin Bhangra team: You can e-mail them at: bruinbhangra[at]gmail[dot]com

All the best with your wedding!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Raas Rave and Bhangra Blitz 10 Lineup!
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:06:43 PM »
Good luck to all teams competing and to the R2B2 committee this year. I hope this competition is a fun experience for the teams & the audience attending!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Official Bhangra Fever 6 Line Up
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:54:52 AM »
Awesome lineup! Look forward to seeing a lot of these teams perform/compete for the first time this season.

Shoutout to my Texas teams - Alamo & Nishani. Kill it guys!

Good luck with the competition Daman & co!

~ Basim :)


Question:Why is Sarbjit Cheema a judge in the competition when his son's competing in the actual competition?

^ this guy is stalling..

The committee isn't stalling and had already addressed this issue publicly in this topic (where Harjot originally brought it up):

If you're not satisfied with the response or would like more specific details, feel free to PM or email the competition directly. Let's not constantly beat a dead horse though.

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: *** Mixer Needed for UK Uni Bhangra team ****
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:28:14 PM »
Hi. Welcome to BTF!

If you check the pinned topics in this subforum, you'll come across this topic called "*** MASTER LIST- List of DJs to hire for mixes ***."

If nobody responds here or PM's you directly, you should browse through that topic and see which mixers' style might suit your team's need best.

You can also check topics out in the BTF Mixing Ladder if you want to get an idea of the creativity used by some mixers in the scene.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: NEW CENTRAL VALLEY TEAM "BBL"
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:18:22 PM »
Hi Ruby,

Welcome to BTF! Thanks for informing us about your new team in California. Which specific city do you guys hold practices in? If you have any questions along the way or if you're ever recruiting new talent, please don't hesitate to post up a new topic as there are many individuals on this site with vast experience to help you out.

Good luck with Bhangra Bloodline! Look forward to seeing you guys compete or even watching some performance videos.

All the best,

~ Basim :)

P.S. - SO happy to hear about the younger generation forming new teams on their own & carrying on the legacy!

I like the overall choreography and more importantly the great use of the entire stage.
What is your opinion on how we used markers? were there too many/were they too noticeable?

Hi Neel. So a little bit of a preface: I'm a bit old school in my thought and think that markers only make it "easier" on a team. Back when I used to dance, there were no markers that teams used. Sure, it made things like formations and spacing much harder, but then again.. we didn't have the same level of cleanliness as competitive teams do now.

As far as the quantity of markers, I think that your team truly wanted to section off a smaller square of that very large stage and it worked for you guys. I honestly think of markers as only a set of guidelines. They don't need to be 100% exact imo - by that I mean, it should only be a frame of reference for a dancer. It shouldn't "constrict" you from stepping a little bit outside of a boundary when the stage can handle it. For that reason, I would have preferred you guys to use a fewer number of "larger" markers so that it's easier for your dancers to see (by the way, larger or smaller markers should have no bearing because the judges & audience know when you use them regardless).

My real advice would be to increase the size of your "sectioned" portion - i.e. move the side stage markers past those furthermost speakers (ideally where the last audience members is on either side of the first row). You can see toward the end of your video (around 7:42ish) when the GTV camera zooms out that you're not even "including" the people on the far left or far right of the audience in the overall experience. It seems like all your attention was focused on the center. Because of the way your markers were setup, the side audience members weren't able to "feel" your attention and nakhre. Some small things that you might notice from established teams that have history of winning multiple comps.. their dancer interaction flows to all sides of the stage. You'll notice that as solid dancers on these teams approach the front & sides of the stage, they might be throwing in some winks, extra head jerks/movements, and varying their nakhre to better involve the entire audience.

I know as an audience member, I might be somewhat "disengaged" with your performance if I was sitting one of the extreme ends of the stages. Just my thoughts and advice, so please don't think I'm out to bash you or your teams decision on markers (or their placement). Hope my initial review helped and I also hope these followup remarks help explain my viewpoint.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: WHAT TO DO?
« on: December 09, 2014, 02:54:55 PM »
Wow, that's got to be one of the worst nightmares for a female dancer!

I would do as mr chicity suggested and run to the side of the stage & get the bottom piece back on ASAP. Dancing with the leggings is a huge distraction. It's not simply like a kanta or phuman came loose & fell.

Imo, teams should have small "emergency repair" kits that they leave on the side of the stage in case something like this were to ever happen, especially at a competition. Even having an extra elastic band, safety pins/safety clips, rubber bands, etc would help a lot in case something goes wrong all of a sudden.

~ Basim :)

Great Performance guys! Thanks for sharing the video with all of us fans. I've gonna ask if Ram did your new mix (until I read the rest of your post) because I know he played dhol with you guys before.
Different South Indian Ram lol

lmao! my badddd yo. I swear some of these South Indians.. so hard to tell them apart ;) haha.

Thanks for the correction,

~ Basim :)

Great Performance guys! Thanks for sharing the video with all of us fans. I've gonna ask if Ram did your new mix (until I read the rest of your post) because I know he played dhol with you guys before.

I like the overall choreography and more importantly the great use of the entire stage. I also like sets that vary the formations and you guys certainly pulled that off nicely. My suggestion for improvement formation wise would be to make sure your lines are cleaner (it distracts the audience a lot if you have constant changes in formations, yet people are not lined up properly or are still trying to play "catch up" from the previous formation).

Another thing that I would love to see from you guys would be greater variations in speed during the set. Many collegiate teams fall in this trap of going too fast and it just makes your entire set seems like one big "mashup" of moves. In order to really hype certain moves/segments, it would be great to slow them down & let your mixer know of when you want these slower affects.

For example, during your saap segment at around 1:30-1:37, you guys really go ham with the saaps as you move from the back of the stage to the front of the audience. Very well done. The part that I would love more accentuation on is right after that.. it would have been nice to have the girls stay behind the guys and jump with the guys to one side (like at 1:42), then do the the khulla bhangra move with half circle saaps and have the girls slowly walk out from behind the guys while executing the move. You guys did something similar in your East Coast Dhamaka performance (with the girl's coming out from behind the guys), but I would work to make these moves even slower.. that will truly give the audience that feeling of variation in the set. By the way, the girls coming out from behind the guys could also be done diagonally so that everything doesn't seem so "flat" on stage. It's really hard to write out these suggestions in words, so I hope that I'm making sense, lol.

An example of something that I really enjoyed was at around 6:00ish when the blue joris stay in the middle while the yellow & red joris do the single hop step to their own respective sides of the stage. Although if you check at around 6:02ish, the yellow & red inner jori on the right didn't separate themselves enough.. they should have hopped further away. Following that, I liked the formations with the 6 people on each side of the stage, but what should have hit a A LOT harder was when you guys do the move at 6:12 and walk into the center of the stage to drop into jugni... where are the MODHE people?? Omg, this would have looked so hot if the music could have been slowed down to emphasize this part (again, work with your mixer) and you guys gave full josh with some shoulder bouncing action as you crossed one another. There was maybe 1-2 people that I saw using their modhe to emphasize their "jugni chaal" move, as I put it.

I loved the Malkit Singh throwback song used at 3:01! That put a smile on my face. I was gonna ask what it was called until I checked the GTV description. Nice work on the mix Ram.

Anyway, hope this helps a bit and I hope you guys had a great time competing at Burgh,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Buy a dhol in Lahore Pakistan?
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:12:00 PM »
The only place that I remember going to in Lahore (many years back) that actually sells quality dhols (among percussion instruments like dhokis, tablas, etc) is Millat Music Palace. I believe they also sell sitars and other musical instruments.

It's located on the Northwest side of Lahore near the fort/badshahi mosque. I believe it's located in the area where Faizan suggested.

Here is their "address" and contact information from their website (

Langay mandi, Near Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan

Tel: +92-42-3765 2751
Cell: +92 345 449 5307 +92 321 449 5307
Fax: +92-42-3765 2751


You know their legit if they got their own Facebook page ;) haha.

Hope it helps,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: New BTF Platform - Early Beta
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:12:40 PM »
Having used RTF for a good while, I know that Xenforo is a lot easier to navigate and use (especially via mobile). Development is definitely a lot better.

Overall, the new site seems quicker to interact with and browse. From what I can tell, moderation of the site should be easier as well now.

What I would definitely like to see is a customized skin for BTF. The default is way too boring and I actually like the current BTF "look" (it's easy on the eyes). I hope we can transition the overall look to the new site or possibly even give the new site a refresh (since this will be the perfect opportunity for that). If, in the future, individuals can have the ability to select amongst a few different skins, that would be great so that the end user can somewhat "personalize" their own BTF experience.

As we discussed a while back, I don't think abandoning the Media Center would be a wise decision. Actually implementing (or having someone develop/code for us) a customized and more "upgraded" Media Center will be a great idea.
  • Make it even easier to upload content to the site (i.e. music, mixes, etc) -> i.e. drag & drop a file directly to a post and have it auto-upload/attach to your post.
  • Keep the ability to search & sort the Media Center
  • If the was Media Center could pick up on autoembeded soundcloud links and arrange them in a separate section.. that way people could go there and check out the latest mixes posted up without individually browsing into each topic, that would be awesome.
Not a fan of the anonymous posting thing, but if people really want that, go for it  ::)

Excited for BTF 3.0  ;D  Lots of much needed & great changes that you mentioned in the original post. Thank you Saleem and Swi for all your efforts in the background.

~ Basim :)

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