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“Giddha & Bhangra”

Giddha and Bhangra folk dances are dances of strength, power, energy, and grace. Bhangra and Giddha originated in the 1800s in the Panjab region of India by farmers. Both initiated as folk dances celebrated during the time of the harvest called Baisakhi/Vaisakhi. In the mid-1800s, the Gidha and Bhangra dance began to gain its popularity beyond Panjab and it eventually became dissociated from the agricultural cycle, emerging as a regular feature of wedding festivities, birthday parties, fairs, events, and other celebrations. With the change in context came changes in other aspects of tradition. Gidha and Bhangra expanded to encompass not only the dance but now instrumental and vocal music.

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