Bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. People traditionally performed Bhangra when celebrating the harvest. During Bhangra, people sing Punjabi Boliyaan lyrics, at least one person plays the the dhol drum, and other people may play the flute, dholak drum, or other musical instruments. While Bhangra began as a part of harvest festival celebrations, it eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings and New Year celebrations. Moreover, during the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. As Bhangra continues to move into mainstream culture, an understanding of its history and tradition helps to appreciate it. Many people believe that Bhangra originated in the 1400s, however, it may be even older. Primarily men performed Bhangra, while the ladies performed their own fierce, yet elegent, dance called Giddha. The men wore the turbin, lungi (long cloth wrapped around the waist), and kurta (traditional Indian shirt), while the women, when performing Giddha, wore the salvar kameez (a long colorful shirt accompanied with a baggy style bottom piece) accompanied by their bright colored duppattas (cloth wrapped around the neck).
Nowadays, because of Punjabi influence worldwide, people perform Bhangra in all parts of the world at occasions such as weddings, receptions, and parties. Bhangra has evolved from a dance and music only performed in the Punjab region, to a popular style of music and dance that people perform throughout South Asia and many parts of the world.

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by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ April 1, 2010
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Bhangra is a music that was invented in the early 80s by bands in the UK. The musicians in bhangra were influenced by classic Rock as well as Punjabi classical music.

Some people who listen to folkhop way too much seem to think that bhangra is the music that you do bhangra, the dance to but they are nothing but shaved headed folkhoppers comitting khanda abuse, while sitting on PCs, mixing dead folk singers with dr dre, all day and all night long, in an effort to please their pendu parents.
dj Pendupuk: hey man whats your favorite bhangra instrument

Ravinder: I like the synthesizer, cuz you can do solos n riffs on it.

dj Pendupuk: whats a solow
by kill_all_djs August 22, 2010
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A dance that is performed excellently by Punjabi Sikhs. Punjabis have been performing bhangra ever since they had created it themselves. Most parties today are full of punjabi people doing bhangra. The common Hindu person is not really good at doing bhangra, but hey, what can we say, they try.
"hey are those a bunch of hindus doing some crazy bhangra"
-"no they are punjabis, because if they were hindus they wouldn't be doing as good as those people on stage."
by Cool Jatt March 10, 2005
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The up-tempo style of music originating in the Punjab region of Northern India and Pakistan. Origianlly the rhymes and drum songs performed by Wheat Farmers during and after the harvest season. Contemporary interpretations of classic songs have had a large impact on the charts. Can also describe the traditional style of dance performed by the same ethnic group at traditional ceremonies.
Even though Kevin is White, he can still Bhangra like Gurdas Maan or Jassi from B21.
by Agent FareEvader August 17, 2003
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1. the dance that originates from Punjab (India, Pakistan) but is known in Western world
2. cultural dance by farmers during the festival of "vaisaakhi" wheat harvesting season (13th April)
3. dance with "dhol" (original)
4. doorway to attract a punjaban in weddings, festivals and other social events
5. upbeat dance with remixes that varies from punjabi music to reggae, hiphop, and desi music
Jagrup: "I want to marry a guy who knows bhangra...he doesn't have to be a punjabi
by Dilpreet October 30, 2004
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A type of primitive indian dance that is getting popular with the indian crowd in the US. . . unfortunately.
It involves twisting the wrists, but it resembles turning a light bulb and molesting a dog. Usually the dance is accompanied by equally primitive singing which sounds like "honky dinky dinky dinky dinky honky dinky dinky..."
Me: look at all those indians across the street dressed in their robes. they they were just out for a night of bhangra dancing.

Friend: what is their problem? do us Asians get together and go lion/dragon dancing for fun on weekends?

Me: screw that, the curry is just getting to their heads.
by mitchell westwood October 9, 2006
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