« on: June 23, 2015, 10:57:03 PM »
Woah, that live battle will be insane! Gluck to all teams.
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« on: June 19, 2015, 10:38:05 PM »
Awesome idea and intriguing product. I'm curious to know how they will stand the test of time and whether they will be able to retain their water repellent.
I can see you've already exceeded your goal on kickstarter, which is great. Just spreading awareness of the problems in Punjab is a big thing, so props on that mission.
Good luck with the venture Jaspreet,
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:08:45 PM »
Are you referencing a particular video, soundcloud link, etc when you're providing those timings? I don't see a link to anything.
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:51:58 AM »
It is an actual thing! We also have tandoori chicken pizza and butter chicken pizza. Well actually if you come to Vancouver you'll see that they put butter chicken on everything. You can get butter chicken on fries, sandwiches and even on some pasta!
« on: June 07, 2015, 12:32:45 PM »
Three things sir:
1) Those are pretty big allegations & statements you're making against two individuals who you specifically called out in your post, yet your choose to remain unidentified??
2) Do you know what VIBC stands for? It's a BHANGRA dance/art celebration. It has nothing to do with the Sikh religion. Punjabi culture transcends just the Sikhs. No offense, but it seems that many Sikh followers have a tough time understanding this distinction as I see it constantly being brought up.
3) This is not the medium to voice your concerns about the DATES when a bhangra celebration is held. If you strongly feel that they should not held during the first 10 days or so of June when Operation Blue Star commenced & led to the Sikh massacre in 1984, then contact the organizers directly about altering the dates for next year. Arrangements for VIBC is planned WAY in advance, so you can't just expect people to shut it down or change dates last minute. If you want change, band together a group of supporters (who also feel as passionately as you about this date change), and discuss with the committee directly when they begin planning NEXT YEAR's event.
P.S. - I'm not affiliated with VIBC in any way, shape, or form.
« on: June 03, 2015, 11:06:47 AM »
Welcome to BhangraTeamsForum (BTF) mongish,
Not sure if you're a male or female.. or what type of team you're looking for exactly (i.e. all male, all female, co-ed, live/traditional, etc)... but here are a few similar topics that came up by typing "bay area" in the BTF search bar:
A few other teams in the area that I can think of off the top of my head:
Bay Area Bhangra Club
Cal Bhangra (Berkley, CA area)
Virse De Waris
The best way to contact them would be to search for their team name on Google, hit up their facebook page to get their contact info, or alternately if you search topics on here, you may be able to find a member from the team on BTF that can assist you further.
All the best,
Sickk intro video Jackie! One of the best that I've seen in AGES. GOT! Who put it together and did the editing work? Very nicely done.
Cannot wait to see ya'lls performance at Bruin. Good luck guys.
Sexy pictures AalokMann & kamalb! Thanks for the updates friends. This is impressive and I'm glad others are also taking on building these as I feel hardeep had gotten swamped with requests at some point.
Of course all credit to the "plastic saap OG" for the initial designs and disclosure of the building process/information.
Hope the respective teams really enjoy the final product! Looking forward to seeing these used more on stage. Not having to deal with/worry about saaps breaking = BIG WIN for teams.
Would love to see some builders or teams that try to give these a more authentic look (i.e. wood stain).
« on: May 02, 2015, 11:25:47 AM »
Ditto to what Daman stated.
This is just amazing, so mad respect to Gurteg as well as the others individuals who PROMPTLY tried to help this blind man.
Love reading these types of stories. #Respect.
Gentlemen, I propose the first international Shikke Competition*.
hahaha! this is too good sir.
Let's add to the criteria: minus points for using the saap before a sher.
I have the perfect judge for you
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:53:53 PM »
+1 - Major respect to DCMPAA for handling this situation (the delay of the saaps) so quickly and professionally.
I hope you get your saaps in good condition & are satisfied with them asd39. It would be great if you could post a quick (1-2 line) followup on this thread after you get the shipment.
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:29:51 PM »
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
First off, welcome to BTF Aman-Singh Glad you've become active on the forums. Hope it continues my friend.
I was just waiting for a topic like this to spring up..
I honestly don't feel this is a way to make a direct comparison because there are so many factors that are different between the U.K. and North America (culturally, linguistically, geographically, socioeconomically, etc etc). If you compare with the U.S. alone, then take for instance there are approx 3+ million South Asians in each of our respective countries. This translates to roughly 1% of the population in the U.S. and about 5% of the population in the U.K. To understand concentration of this South Asian population, you have to compare their respective sizes. Do most people realize that the entire country of England can fit into roughly HALF of CALIFORNIA alone? Think about how large North America is in comparison.
Most of the South Asians in North America are concentrated in heavily populated cities. Because of the massive areas where bhangra had to reach in the U.S., a lot of teams that sprung up in the early days were based around universities. This is why super old competitions (20+ years of being active) like "Bhangra Blowout" have only allowed collegiate teams to compete (and continue to do so to this day). On the other hand, in the U.K., you see a lot more independent teams in relation to number of college/university teams.
I feel the U.K. has come a LONG way in a SHORT period of time. It's amazing to see how quickly the circuit grew there and how quickly dancing talent has spread. While the U.K. did have a few teams that date back in the old school days (i.e. 4X4 Bhangra, Nachda Sansaar, etc), most of the teams dancing in their circuit and the competitions that have surfaced, have all been within the last few years. We have to ask ourselves, without a legacy of teams that helped change & evolve bhangra dancing in the U.K. circuit, where did their primary influence come from? I'm actually a bit shocked that the youth of England did not foster such a cultural dance when the top British bhangra artists sprung from the Punjabi diaspora and globalized music starting in the early 80's.
Here in North America, we have come a LONG way in a LONG period of time. There are certain teams still active today who carry legacies from WAY back in the day. I'm dating myself here, but I remember being in high school and watching top univ teams like Cornell Bhangra that would bring so much crazy energy.. throw in crazy stunts.. and get the crowd pumped by sheer nakhre/rumaal action. If you look at academies, there are those like SIAC who date as far back as the 70's! In North America, while teams in Punjab might have been the early influence, I truly feel that we have evolved and tailored the dance to reflect our progressive audiences. There is also various styles present within teams in North America and hence various competitions tailed toward those specific styles.
Nowadays, there are so many teams popping up across the world, that I often feel the newer generation has lost a lot of appreciation for what was established before them. It's a privilege being up on that stage and regardless of which country, university, team, or academy/group you're affiliated with.. you should be thankful for having that opportunity and appreciate how the style of bhangra you love to perform to came where it is today.
Grandpa bhangra signing out,
P.S. - Sorry for the rant. Would love to see more globalization of the circuit as I only think it would help the dance and show audience unique aspects of different countries - U.S., Canada, UK, Punjab, and don't forget out up & coming Australia neighbors
Anyone know of any competitions happening this summer? I feel like its like a drought every year during the summer cause there isn't a lot of competitions happening during the June to August time frame, just during fall/spring time. That would be dope if some organizers made some this summer.... Just sayin.
Definitely feel the summer time is the "off season" for the bhangra circuit (at least here in NA). Would be great to have at least one major competition.. maybe for the private/non-university affiliated teams?
The late summer/early fall is also a great time to earn some $$$ for doing paid gigs like at weddings and so forth.
« on: April 03, 2015, 11:00:49 AM »
On some real, this is my last bhangra mix most likely (unless there's a mixing ladder *wink wink*), but it's been fun doing it and I definitely learned a lot.
This new is so sad to hear Nikhil. Another great mixer leaving us
I always loved to hear what you put out and the creativity that you used. Most of all, your mixes sounded quite clean (i.e. transitions didn't sound "forced"), which means to me that you really worked hard on them.
This "final" Columbia bhangra mix from you is no different - sounds hot and flows so well. Will definitely bump it. Thanks for putting out such great mixes for so many of us to enjoy.
I'm hopeful for another mixing ladder that is bit easier to manage so that you can participate again! Until then, I hope you stick around the forum as you've always participated and given great advice to others in the mixing scene.
All the best my friend,
« on: March 31, 2015, 04:05:25 PM »
AIRPLANE KAATOS! Didn't expect to see that anytime soon, lol.
Checked out this video over my lunch break. Absolutely amazing performance and a treat to watch on youtube. I can't even imagine how insane it must have been in the Lisner auditorium.
Ram really stepped it up and this shows the importance of having your dholi practice to the mix (alone and with the team).
Also, huge respect to the entire FCB team for not even flinching (as scaplash put in) when the music stopped. To remain that in sync and be able to execute so well is a testament to the amount of practice you guys put it. Saap segment was killer, especially since you could hear the props/instruments so well. Good variation of pace, formations were solid, and the ending was great.
Just a few critiques that I quickly noted were energy levels & nakhre varied a lot amongst dancers, especially as they moved to the front and back. There were a few minor chaadra issues here and there. Overall, not a bad performance. Look forward to what you guys bring at upcoming competitions.
Congrats to all teams and respect to the #WBBC committee for always pushing the boundaries with competitions!
The win by JVD is excellent for the UK bhangra scene as well. The win this year is not surprising considering they wow'ed so many people last year as well. Hopefully this will allow even more teams to spring up & even more competitions to take place in England.
I simply request the UK teams and fans to remain humble.. it's not like everyone started from scratch here. We all had a lot of influence. Overall, we should be happy that bhangra is spreading across the globe more rapidly and teams from all over the place are getting so much better.
Anyway, looking forward to reading some competition reviews & seeing the #GTV videos!
Your singer was a treat to hear. Jasraj did great job on dhol.
Dancers did an excellent job in terms of execution, maintaining consistency in dancing style overall, and energy.
For a live performance, I enjoyed the choice of classic boliyan.. the choreography fit really well.. and you guys did a good job of varying up the formations. The ending could have been a tad stronger (imho), but I enjoyed your set and I can see why this placed.
Keep it up. Thanks for sharing with your fans.