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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra isn't Bhangra anymore
« on: November 26, 2015, 04:49:56 PM »

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Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Fire Missing From the Circuit
« on: November 25, 2015, 11:15:31 AM »
Hi friends,

Considering that most of the people that posted on this "fire missing from the circuit" topic are veterans is the underlying issue to me. I, personally, have tried to help newer teams get started in the circuit and have always encouraged new competitions that spring up to give an opportunity to newer teams/junior teams to perform/compete. Along the way, getting the ENTIRE team registered and "involved" on BTF is something that I have tried to convey to many. We should be thankful for having such an amazing platform, but I feel many people just take it for granted.

Unfortunately, I don't see too new dancers from our "next generation" taking over the endless discussions we've all had & come to love. Maybe it's due to so many information being out there already? Not sure. It's not like the issues we faced are any less prevalent in the circuit now.. I mean are competitions perfect? Is judging spot on? Is every set impact/hard hitting that it keep you engaged and makes you want to attempt the choreo yourself? Are we at the limit in terms of gimmicks? Are teams/people executing moves "properly?" What can be done to help new dancers/teams out? How do you run your practices and what works the best? Is your team making their own mix and how engaged are DJ's with your team's choreography/set?

Nobody climbs out their mother's womb doing bedi, knowing how to execute jhummar properly, does dhaamal around the nurses, etc. Like any art form, bhangra is a skill set that you can acquire over time. Perhaps newer people to the dance feel hesitant to ask about execution (i.e. like our recent behtke topic) due to embarrassment of feeling like they don't know something which some may consider "basic?"

Lastly, I've known so many people that have come & gone.. they used the bhangra circuit to have fun/compete during their college years, but now could care less about it.. which is really sad. Naturally people move on to do other things in life, but trying to engage get some of the old school dancers to post every now & then would be awesome too.

One would think that since the competitive scene has expanded internationally, there would be MORE involvement and discussion.. sadly, that's not what is happening.

Anyway, not sure if any of this adds to the good discussion already going on, but I just wanted to put in my two cents.

~ Basim :)

Thank you to the organizers for hosting such a competition.

This is a huge step in the right direction since there are a lack of competitions that take in teams that are younger (besides the few junior comps that have sprung up recently).

Would love to see more of these type of events AND competitions that are catered toward newer teams that are still trying to work their way up!

All the best,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra Comps
« on: November 17, 2015, 12:12:52 AM »
Great advice Upahvan!

Welcome to BTF riya. In addition to competitions, perhaps see if your team can get some stage time at local talent shows, fundraisers, charity events, etc. Building up that confidence, testing our your team's endurance, and recording your team's performance can go a long way.

Anyway, I'm not too familiar with competitions (besides Motor City) in the general area you're in, but I'll pass along any info if it comes to me.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Boston Bhangra Competition 2015 Predictions
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:11:35 AM »
I had forgot how solid this lineup is. Really this could go in so many different ways depending on judging and what kind of sets these teams decide to bring.

I'll go with:
1. Xtreme
2. V:OT
3. DRP

Good luck to all teams competing. This should be an amazing event!

~ Basim :)

P.S. - welcome to BTF gdhillon & a big thank you for starting the poll on the forums!

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Proper Betka Technique
« on: October 27, 2015, 10:26:27 AM »
Thanks for putting that video together Mariam; as angeblah mentioned, it's spot on.

A lot of great input have been given in this topic already. I would just add the importance of making sure your team properly stretches their muscles before & AFTER (cooling down, post exercise) when performing these type of activities full-out.

Betke put a serious amount of pressure on the knees, calves, achillies tendons, and the balls of your feet. There are numerous stretches you can do to help get blood flowing to these regions and warming up the joints so that they move the right way. You can google a lot of stretches that target this area; three stretches that I always make sure to do (other than basic stretches) are: 1) push up against a wall and stretch one leg out at a time 2) lunge down on one knee and stretch each leg once at a time 3) get yourself on something stable, move back so that your heels of your feet are hanging, and basically do calf raises.

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

Videos and Performances / Re: OMG Bhangra's debut performance at BDU2015!
« on: October 18, 2015, 02:20:03 PM »
Great performance ladies. This is an excellent debut performance and a start to, hopefully, a long career for you all! It's always nice to see all female squads take the stage and showcase unique elements to the dance/provide their own twist on moves.

Stamina is an obvious factor, which shwinerz touched on, but that comes with time & team conditioning. I always recommend new teams to "push" themselves to run through your entire routine FULL OUT at least twice back to back. Once you get to that stage, you're dancers are generally well conditioned enough that instead of thinking of "how am I am going to utilize the rest of my energy to get through the rest of our performance?".. they start thinking about things such "how do I make sure that I fully complete this move & make it look unison with my fellow dancers?" or "how am I going to make sure that I bring excellent nakhre, controlled modhe (shoulder action), and execute grace in my moves?"

My biggest gripe other than stamina would be spacing. In this day & age of dancing, teams are held to much higher level for cleanliness. I see that you guys are using markers, but many times in your performance your poor "end" dancers are getting congested when they move to the next formation.

One of the more obvious examples can be seen at 1:12ish, where the yellow and light blue jodis on the right side of the stage get squished into the corner and it looks so messy as they try to execute the front to back moves with the saaps. FYI - when I state stage positions, I am speaking from an audience standpoint. Also, maybe have your chimpta player move further to front right of the stage.. so he's not blocking your dancers. The chimta player doesn't have to be stationary in one corner (he can definitely move around throughout the performance), but he should be familiar enough with your set that he knows which parts utilize the maximum stage width.

Another example is at around 6:55ish, you'll notice a larger gap on the left side of the stage (this time, light blue & yellow jodis caused the large gap!), which leads to congestion on the right side.. especially with the poor green jodi :( They are pushing up against one another and almost stepping on the khunde that you guys dropped on the side of the stage (which are "inside" your stage markers.. that's a problem! you want to drop your props OUTSIDE of your markers!).

Anyways, I hope this provides a little bit of guidance. I don't have the time to type out super long critiques anymore, but let me know if you want help with anything else in particular. I look forward to improvements in your future performances!

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Selling two sets of 12 co-ed vaardiyan!
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:22:06 PM »
I'm diggin the top multicolored vardiyan! Either one would be great for new & upcoming competitive teams.. or even a group of friends doing local gigs/events.

These should sell fast. Good luck with the sale Saranga.

~ Basim :)

P.S. - Small advice: Since this is a public forum, I would edit your number out of the original post after you've sold them (PM is a preferred contact method to get more details); the web crawler/spider bots love to "steal" numbers for solicitation purposes.

The original song is sick so way to pick a great track! Your mix isn't too bad either. The bass frequencies are a tad high for me; I tend to prefer vocal being brought out more.

Overall, the mix got repetitive to me. The crazy amount of high hats was a little annoying. It would have been great to change up your style (i.e. add/remove certain effects). Also, when the lyrics change up in volume in the original song (around 1:01 in your mix), it would have been awesome to hear a voice panning effect thrown in to bring something unique.

Anyway, keep it up and thanks for sharing.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bhangra Idols Placings 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:15:33 AM »
Thanks for sharing the results with us Raminder. I added the results to our Competition Listing Calendar.

Congrats to all teams that had an opportunity to compete at Idols and a special congrats to the placing teams. This was a big battle amongst the Candian teams.

I wish that I knew that the comp was going to be streamed last night! I would have definitely tuned in to catch some of the performances. Someone from the committee should have posted the link here! You would have gained a decent online audience, lol.

Anyway, Look forward to the videos/reviews! All the best.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Watch out Australia.. Hong Kong is next! :D
« on: October 02, 2015, 11:19:16 PM »
dude in green looks like a younger banerjee, so makes sense their vardiyaa are a ripoff of cornell's

haha! I can totally see the resemblance there :)

I need me some Yankee style pagg lessons too!

~ Basim :)

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 :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: Bhangre Di Jaan 2015 MIX
« on: October 01, 2015, 09:08:54 PM »
Nice mix Rohan! Really enjoyed the song selection. A nice combination of some older classic bhangra hits with newer songs. Respect for giving credit where it's due too!

The transitions could have used a little work & possibly varying the vocals a bit to make certain parts stand out more. I loved that you slowed some of the parts up and then brought up in faster songs. That variation in speed is something I love to see in actual sets & I try to encourage teams to do more.

Do you mind putting up a track list? Thanks in advance.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: JUDGING CRITERIA/SHEET
« on: September 30, 2015, 01:07:39 AM »
This is excellent! Thank you for sharing hooligansharma.

A few other valueable topics on judging criteria & score sheets are below:$$$$$$$$$$$$-comprehensive-judging-system-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$/

I'm sure they are plenty more if anyone who is interested wants to search in more detail on BTF.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Boston Bhangra Lineup....
« on: September 24, 2015, 04:52:37 PM »
Love the diversity of dancing styles in that lineup! Should be an exciting event.

Great battle amongst the U.S. teams since Idols (happening a month before) is covering the Canadian teams pretty well!

~ Basim :)

Music and Albums / Re: ~SONG HELP~
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:42:43 PM »
Dang, that was quick. Ty so much for coming thru BBC & LiLSandhu!

~ Basim :)

P.S. - I attached the original version that I had on PC (didn't see it in Media Center). Grab it if you want!

Music and Albums / Re: ~SONG HELP~
« on: September 13, 2015, 12:10:36 PM »
Great song. I would love to find out too. I've definitely heard it before.

Hope someone here can help you my friend, otherwise it might be worth a try to to reach out to someone from GW Bhangra (or alumni).

Please post if you find out what it is sir!

~ Basim :)


+1 to what Daman said.

This is awesome! Scotland bhangra? Can't wait for the scene to build there.

Good luck with this Ashwin. Let us know if we can be of any help.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Austin Bhangra Team
« on: September 01, 2015, 11:39:23 PM »
Hi Arti, welcome to Texas and the ATX!  :)

If you're looking for a team just within Austin, Texas Bhangra (part of UT Austin) is your only option.

There are teams in other places such as San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, etc.. but I am not sure if dancing on those teams will be a viable option for you, since doing everything over the web is quite challenging for the dancer and the team.

I'm in the Austin area as well these days, so hit me up if you need any contact info of teams in TX.

All the best,

~ Basim :)

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: SONG HELP!!!
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:29:27 AM »
Hmmm.. not sure if this is what you're talking about, but perhaps the lyrics are "ari ari ari hadipa.. ari ari ari.. ve teri meri ek zindadi?"

If so:

Bombay Rockers ft. Overseas - Ari Ari (Rock)

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

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