hardeep_singh said:old webpage for the MIT bhangra club, has some info on the history
just random speculation on the ramaal topic, i've never danced with ramaals but just thinking about it, it seems like it could be problematic trying to perform a modern fast paced saap segment while u have ramaals on your wrists which could possibly get caught in your saap. there are examples of phuman causing problems, i can imagine ramaals being worse and phumans on biceps and wrists seem to be standard these days.
Could be a factor, to some degree. The stuff people used to do with sapps back in the rumaal days wasn't as crazy and fast.
Thanks for the MIT link. I used to be on their mailing list in the early 2000s and this is bringing back memories. It is also reminding me that I never thought that they were that "clued in" about bhangra. That's not a dis! I just mean that what they were saying/doing seemed pretty standard for America. But now that I watch their late 90s videos, I see a much higher content (at least in those years) of Indian moves than in some other groups' performances. Unfortunately the site doesn't give clues on where they got their info from.