1. What is the concept behind Pure Bhangra?
The main motive of our group is to represent a conceptualized form of traditional Bhangra with variations which we love doing and I am sure it would be a treat to our audiences eyes as well.
2. How do you manage to strike the right balance between contemporary and traditional Punjabi dance in your performances?
It takes a lot of effort to maintain the difference especially in today’s world were we see things changing rapidly in the performing arts segment. People want change look forward to seeing something that continues to excite them, bearing this in mind we try our best to fuse both dance styles.
3. Ruth St. Denis once said “I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.”, what do you feel dance is for you and the team?
For us, dance is a form of expression that represents our cultural background. Through our performances we hope to exude the #partylikeapunjabi feel, and this is our main motive – to ensure everyone enjoys with us. Also, it is definitely a stress buster which helps us reconnect with this art.
4. Having grown from a small group into a brand, what are some of challenges or new opportunities you now face?
Initially, having not been recognized it took us a while to break into the market. However, now that we have a fan following our audience looks up to us and we need to constantly surpass expectations. This can at times can be a challenge for us.
5. You have performed in prestigious shows, local events and movies alike, so what’s do you have planned for Pure Bhangra in the next few years?
Our group has already transformed from a college dance group to a commercial group in a short span of time. Having received the opportunity to also be a part of the Bollywood movie ‘Happy New Year’ was a great accomplishment. For the future there are a lot of things in the pipeline which are all set to be in action this year. Hoping for the best.
6. The Punjabi culture is bright and festive and this is apparent in its dance form as well. What advice do you have to people that are learning the Bhangra style?
Yes, it is extremely lively. I would say that DO NOT consider Bhangra as a dance form in which you just raise your hands up and kick your legs. It’s way beyond that. So if anyone is learning Bhangra Style “Learn it All”.
7. Should people want to get involved in the next edition of Pure Bhangra, what type of talent would you like to see onboard?
We welcome all sorts of talent. It doesn’t have to be limited to only Bhangra, we also promote individual talent amongst our group be it creative designers, photographers, models and DJs. We all work as a team bringing together all the talented resources we have. So everyone is welcomed.
Until we rendezvous again,
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