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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 :)

Amazing review with great summarized comments for each team. This should help everyone out a lot and I'm so glad you included your own thoughts as an audience member (before & after watching team performance videos).

Thank you Prasant for taking the time to share. Some karma love coming your way.

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: PDM Final Mix
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:27:47 AM »
Thanks for sharing it friend!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: CSUN Bhangra Competition has the PropheC!!!
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:23:54 PM »
Thank you for the prompt response and addressing the concerns Aman. I hope this helps teams out that are considering applying.

If you still have pending questions, feel free to reach the committee at: []

Good luck to the entire 2014 CSUN committee; hoping for the best and look forward to some reviews of both the competition and the teams performing :)

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: CSUN Bhangra Competition has the PropheC!!!
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:46:29 PM »
That link brought back memories. lol . . . I can't say who should've placed but USC didn't deserve to be first and let's leave it to that.

Csun, hopefully you guys can outperform old/new Cali comps. No high school venue, ok? lol . . . Btw, that last Csun comp was packed, props to that.

Ps. Team that placed 2nd was a better team that night, not even bs'ing and well known teams ended up making costly mistakes, rest is history.

Please stay on topic Yankee paaji. It's fine to reference what happened over 4 years ago, but let's not rehash old topics/issues. I say that with respect & courtesy, only because the last thing we need is everyone talking about the old CSUN placings again.

Only what is in bold in relevant to this topic. Btw, I PM'ed the committee for some clarifications on the topic. I hope they can address some of your questions/concerns.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra State of Mind Review
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:37:18 PM »
I understand that your team felt sort of the same way we are now with BSM, and I personally like to publicly apologize for any of our wrong doing. The main organizer of RVPD did not reimburse all of the teams fully and since I was the point of contact a lot of responsibility came upon me to clear up the team's funds. Internally I wasn't getting proper responses from the main organizer about reimbursing the teams, so my friends and I (excluding him the main organizer) did a fundraiser and we raised enough money to pay back all the team's money that was promised. This showed 1 aspect that we accepted responsibility and eventually rectified it. Mr. Yankee please let me know if there is anything else I can do to bring peace to the matter of Cal Bhangra at RVPD?

Much #respect to you, Juggie, and your friends for stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility to reimburse teams/give out prize money even though you weren't directly involved with organizing the competition.

That deserves a lot of praises and ALL teams that attended Raunak Punjabi Virsey Di (RVPD) should be extremely thankful for what you guys did. We need more solid people like you in the bhangra circuit.

Let's keep this topic about BSM though. Yankee, please take your issues about other competitions up with the organizers or with the appropriate individuals via PM. Thank you.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra State of Mind Review
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:01:51 AM »
A big thank you for everyone that is posting reviews/feedback. This shouldn't be just about listing a bunch of shit that you hated or went wrong, so I would definitely encourage people to mention the "pros," things you liked, or fun times you had.

We all know that the topics that are controversial draws more attention, but it's nice to hear what a competition did a good job with. It would be awesome to hear from more people/teams where this was one of their first major competitions and more feedback on ways the committee can improve going forward.

This is type of thread that teams should be researching BEFORE they apply to comps.. i.e. next season/next year, teams should be reading this topic and discussing their concerns with the new committee before applying. The surprising thing, it seems the first year of this competition was actually a success so not too sure why they dropped the ball this year:

Also please "Bhangra State of Mind 2" committee members, please address these concerns in this topic & individually reach out to the teams that you caused such as an unpleasant experience to when the teams were the main entertainment that drew the crowd to your comp.

~ Basim :)

P.S. - Sent a PM to the committee, so I hope someone checks this thread and responds.

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Admin Help
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:38:36 PM »
Hi shwinerz, please check your PMs. If you need further help, you can contact Swi or myself.

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: need some quick help plzz!!!!
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:18:07 AM »
whats the song @ 1:52??????

Jagmohan Kaur - Guddi Wango

Uploaded to BTF by dholi sabz:


~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Re: Gurgulshan Singh (desi shmurda) M2D intro
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:08:40 PM »
This is awesome man! Thanks for sharing :) You should make this into a proper small mix and release it. I love the singing; very talented individuals.

~ Basim :)

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