Bhangra Dancing

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Year Three are now looking at Bollywood as their new topic. Bollywood is the name given to the Indian film industry. Bollywood films feature music, song and dance, drawing influence from traditional folk music such as Bhangra as well as modern music such as hip hop. One of the main instruments used in Bhangra music is the dhol, which is a traditional drum.

Year Three were lucky enough to take part in a Bhangra workshop. They learn about the history of the dance as well as learning new moves. Bhangra is a type of folk dance. The dance started in the Punjab region, now divided between India and Pakistan, and began as a folk dance which was conducted by Punjabi farmers. So lots of the moves represent jobs done by farmers for example sowing seeds.

Bhangra became popular in Britain in the 1980s and the artists of Bhangra were selling over 30,000 cassettes a week in the UK even though not one of the artists made their way into the Top 40 UK Chart.

3CC are now going to perform a Bhangra Dance in the summer term.

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