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This is awesome and an incredible service to the bhangra comunity that you're doing! It will give the Australian bhangra so much more exposure.

Very nicely shot and edited! Props to whoever captured and put it all together. So nice to see & hear from team members on an individual basis. Enjoyed the questions that were asked too.

Thank you for sharing here. Please continue to share the future teams that you do a video on here. All the best.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Bruin Bhangra Predictions!
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:27:45 AM »
Such a stacked lineup, that it's so hard to pick ONE winner!

I'll have to go with the SMD ladies because they took CSUN just a few months back and have always been super impressive. Bruin and this lineup is another animal though; hope they can bring the heat!

Thanks for putting up this poll. Look forward to seeing all of the team performances. Good luck to all and safe travels to LA everyone.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Northern California Giddha team
« on: May 18, 2016, 04:43:53 PM »
PM = Private Message.

Click on her Nimi's profile name and then find the words "Send PM."

Add a subject line, add some words to the body of the message, and then click on the "Send message" button. Easy!

Hope this helps,

~ Basim :)

That logo on your website is sick! Respect to whoever designed it.

Can't beat Papi's raw vocals too. Makes you so pumped.

Looking forward to what Surrey brings to the circuit,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: What happens when you hit 2000 posts?
« on: May 03, 2016, 09:35:53 PM »
It's about time we take revenge! 8)

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Boiler Bhangra 2016 Cancelled?
« on: April 21, 2016, 10:17:26 AM »

Can't be worse than the Anil Prasad situation and Bhangra Blizzard back in 2010

Here's a history lesson for y'all

You gotta admit that that lineup was beast though! ;)

~ Basim :)

Mixing Ladder Challenges / Re: Mixing Ladder 2016
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:24:30 AM »
Awesome! Would love to see it happen again. This has been talked about/suggested by many, but we need people to volunteer their time to actually run it smoothly.

You'll need a small team to make it happen. I would PM Saleem and he may be able to get the team special access for this section so you guys can run things your way.

I know of several mixers who would love to sign up and I can help shoot an e-mail off to all of those individuals that signed up last time to get you more numbers too.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, BTF :)
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:01:39 PM »
haha, love the pic! You guys were all so young, dang.


~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Publishing Judges' Scoresheets
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:09:37 AM »
I agree with you to an extent. The problem is that numbers are so arbitrary. You might score a team a 90, then a team performs later in the show that absolutely blows them out of the water and it may influence you to think that 90 team was ACTUALLY an 80.

^ This is a great point. The reason that I would prefer judges to "talk" at the end is to reaffirm scoring after having watched ALL performances. It's so hard to blindly give points in subjective criteria when you haven't even seen all teams.

If judges haven't seen all performances, they are indirectly forced into factoring "show order" into their distribution of points.

I personally like it when you use points to narrow down to say the top 3 teams, then use deliberation to rank the last few teams after a 10-15 minute discussion amongst the judges. Usually competitions have some sort of entertainment for the audience while the judges deliberate.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Publishing Judges' Scoresheets
« on: March 31, 2016, 10:29:26 PM »
I am sure this topic has been discussed before, but it's always good to hear fresh perspectives in modern times.

I'm all for competitions releasing judging scoresheets as I believe it adds a lot of transparency and judges are essentially held accountable.

Some of most prominent and well run competitions, that really pushed the envelope of executing flawlessly and going out of their way to cater toward teams, compiled & released scoresheets/provided analysis after the competition took place. I know not everyone was competing or part of the "bhangra scene" at the time, so below are a few links

Elite 8:'-scores-other-notes/

World's Best Bhangra Crew (WBBC):$$$$$$$$$$$$-comprehensive-judging-system-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$/

Another nicely tabulated scores presented publicly was with the competition My Life is Bhangra (MLIB):

Really worth a look through if you haven't seen these topics before.

~ Basim :)

Music and Albums / Re: Soundcloud DJs?
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:58:59 PM »
Hi Jasnoor98, welcome to BTF.

Everyone you mentioned is a pretty good mixer, except maybe Aka$h who just started mixing two months ago on VirtualDJ :P Jk! I get to mess with him since I know he's active on BTF and will probably read this, lol.

Jokes aside though, here is a good topic that lists a lot of talented DJ's that we have here on BTF:

Additionally, these topics may help you out too (I just searched for "soundcloud djs" in the search bar):'s/

All the best,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Boiler Bhangra 2016 Cancelled?
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:30:14 PM »
2 days before the competition? Wow, that blows big time. I sincerely hope that they not only refund all teams ASAP but publicly post the details of what went wrong so last minute.

Usually when you deal with a university, you're given all the information you need ahead of time (in terms of policies) and you also have a "point of contact" at the university that you can bounce things back & forth with as your event nears.

I'm saddened for all those teams who took the time to apply & coordinate their schedules around Boiler Bhangra 2016. Before jumping to random conclusions, I hope we can hear from the committee. Please share if anyone receives further details.

All the best,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Combination Team
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:48:58 AM »
Rooh Punjab Di (toronto) & Bhangra Empire

 :o  VAATTT? Nice joke.

At each of their primes, Bhangra Knights & AEG.. West Coast & East Coast collabo.

Good topic btw,

~ Basim :)

Music and Albums / Re: can you find this song?
« on: March 27, 2016, 01:10:04 PM »
Dang, that's one amazing discovery journey :P Thanks for sharing your progress and for sharing the song name.

It's probably going to be hard to get a mp3 of the original song, right? Or is it available for purchase somewhere?

Congrats again on finding an ultra rare/old school song,

~ Basim :)

Holy moly - 3 hours! :-O Skimmed it and, as always, really enjoy listening to your mashups Abhi, nice work. Great EDM song selections. This will make work go by faster ;)

Ty for sharing,

~ Basim :)

Thank you Saab for getting a thread up with this information! As easy as it is using the shoutbox, I always encourage people to post up a topic since as we all know, the shoutbox posts disappear and we always have topics to search in case anyone down the road wants to look up placings/videos/etc. Btw, I added in the placings to your OP and changed up the title just a bit for future searching purposes.

JayBainss, thanks for posting up your full performance video links. Your team did a great job. Really enjoyed your ending mela with the saaps, daangs, pankhis (fans), etc. Your mix was very well done and the choreography matched it well. The pauses in your mix created some big hype moments.

Who did your mix? Do you think can you could upload it/share it with us? Congrats on placing.

Btw, for those that don't realize just how big this show was.. check out these photos:

I haven't seen any competition this grand in NA besides maybe Elite 8 and Boston.

TBS Committee did an AMAZING job with this competition. That Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham is absolutely amazing! One of the best venues that I've seen. The amount of preparation and planning that went into this year's show was unreal.

Shoutout to the #KudosAV team who did so much behind the scene to make the show so grand!

Hope it was an amazing time for all performers,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Huffington Post Feature
« on: February 16, 2016, 03:26:11 PM »
Welcome to BTF Nadya,

While we don't have all the founding dates, there are several teams from across North America listed in the CTL (Competition & Teams Listing):

^^ The page has been broken for some time and hasn't been updated, but at least you can gather a list of teams from there. To get the founding dates of the teams that don't post here, you probably have to reach individual members of the team on BTF or better yet, contact the team directly via the various social media channels.

As angeblah stated, please do let us know once this is complete! Looking forward to the read. Let me know if I can help in any other way.

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Mount Rushmore of Bhangra Captains?
« on: February 03, 2016, 02:22:18 PM »
A lot of great individuals mentioned for recent times.

As a spectator of the bhangra scene for too many years to count, I would have to say:

Vic Sehdev - founder & coach of SGPD. Probably the most dominant all-male team in the circuit at their peak.
Kiran Mander & Mandeep Patrola - cofounders & coaches of UBC Girlz. The first all-female team in all of NA to have dominated the circuit for years.
Sheel Mehta, Marshal Singh, Benny Sujlana - laid the foundation for VCU Bhangra to form a top tier collegiate, co-ed team.

I have only had the pleasure to speak to these a few of these individuals briefly, but I would have loved to have been passed down knowledge from any/all of them!

~ Basim :)

P.S. - Great topic Sahab.

Bhangra Mixes and Music / Re: Starter DJ Looking for feedback!!
« on: January 24, 2016, 09:55:21 PM »
Nice job! A great start for sure.

I would try to add a bit of padding/silence to the mix if you want to emphasize certain effects, lyrics, or parts of your mix. That "pause," in itself, adds a bit dynamic to a mix from a lister's standpoint.

Lastly, I would try to work creating memorable outro's.. with the amount of bhangra mixes being released, one thing that is so many DJ's using very standard effects such as "bruahhh" & the gunshot to conclude a mix. It's almost like an easy way to end something; shows lack of effort to someone like me (others might not mind).

Anyway, just wanted to give you my two cents. Keep posting your content here. Lastly, to go along with GSingh's "READ" comment, it's often helpful to read feedback given on other mixes so you can avoid making similarly "mistakes" or adjust your mix to please the intended audience better. So the point is you don't always have to get feedback on your specific mix to learn!

All the best,

~ Basim :)

Main Bhangra Discussion / Re: Houston Bhangra Competition - Coming Soon!
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:48:41 PM »
Yay! Very excited for Houston to host a competition again!!

G'luck to the organizers.

~ Basim :)

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