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An Introduction to the dances featured in Best of the Best: Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Bollywood/Fusion

by Palak Sheth
April 15, 2006
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Best of the Best - www.bobnyc.com
  • Best of the Best part deux - an Indian dance competition - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • UIUC Chambanamigops at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • 3 Rivers Bhangra at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • Basmati Raas at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • South Asian Performing Arts at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • Penn State Ghaamudyas at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • The Bhangra Team at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • Dil Se at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • UBC Girlz Bhangra - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • UIUC Toys 'R Raas at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • Malkit Singh, The King of Bhangra, performs at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • The Awards Ceremony at Best of the Best 2006 - 4/15/06 by Robert Abrams
  • An Introduction to the dances featured in Best of the Best: Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Bollywood/Fusion - 4/15/06 by Palak Sheth

    Bhangra
    This lively form of folk music and dance originated in the Punjab region of South Asia. Though Bhangra was traditionally performed when celebrating the harvest, it has evolved in both composition and style over time, and has become a popular style of music and dance that is performed by individuals and communities all over the world. Bhangra has also become a significant part of Indian pop culture; it has allowed the Punjabi heritage to be implanted into other cultures, reflecting its rich spirit and universal appeal.

    Raas-Garba
    The energetic and colorful dance of Raas was born in the Indian state of Gujarat. It has its origins in the early traditions celebrating the festival of Navratri. Traditionally, two circles formed by men and women move in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions with two sticks called dandiyas held in their hands. However, younger generations have modified the traditional formations of Raas into inventive choreography, allowing for variation and modernization of this beautiful and vibrant dance form.

    Bollywood/Fusion
    Fusion dance shapes its own creative form by intergrating dance genres from classical and folk to contemporary and western while maintaining the essence of Indian Dance. Emerging from the world's largest film industry, Bollywood dance couples fast pace movements to energetic filmy beats from over 800 movie titles a year. Both Fusion and Bollywood dance take their style to another level, exhibiting innovative choreography and enthusiasm.Ã¥
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