In June SimplyBhangra.com ran a competition to see which three teams would be exclusively showcased on the website in the run up to BhangraWars 2012! The final group to be showcased is: NACHDE PUNJABI DANCERS
1st place in the Simply Bhangra / Bhangra Wars promo competition, we talk to NACHDE PUNJABI DANCERS. Video by MadTatter Films
Who founded your group?
NPD was founded by two brothers Harmeet & Lucky Dhaliwal in 2003
Is your group male/female/mixed only?
NPD consists of male bhangra dancers
Who is the captain?
NPD has 1 Captain/Manager (Harmeet Dhaliwal), who deals with bookings,
advertising etc and all decisions are past through him before being implemented.
However all NPD Members have an equal input regarding choreographing…
each member treated equally with the respect for surperior members, like a family
How many members are there in your group?
NPD currently has 6 members in the group.
Does your team have a Slogan/motto?
Motto: Chasing the Dream, not the competition……….
With the forthcoming competition Bhangra Wars 2012 only a month away –
what would you say are your Groups strongest elements?
We all believe NPD bring a fast and energetic vibe to the dance floor.
People enjoy our mixed modernised/traditional style, which has attracted
all target audiences to like us when we on stage
Did the founding members of your group receive any Bhangra dance tuition or
have mentors who guided and trained them?
The founders of NPD have both been dancing for around 12/13 years…
They both originally started dancing with a professional group based in
west London. Then started Nachde Punjabi Dancers in 2003
What are your thoughts on music and live Bhangra routines?
Nothings better then actual Live Music, the sound, the instruments and the
tradition that comes with it…makes you proud of being Punjabi. Live Bhangra
routines brings out the Traditional Conventions of Bhangra Dance,
which started in Punjab.
What makes a good judge in terms of judging competitions?
Someone that has experience in the industry, who has that eye for the right talent
and that can use his/her experience to develop others
A Judge who is not bias in any way and for that person to have the passion for
both traditional and Urban styles of Bhangra
Ok, competitions are now growing here in the UK...where do you see UK Bhangra?
We say Bhangra has come a long way from what it used to be. Bhangra has had the
platform to develop in many ways.
Bhangra has been promoted in so many different ways with groups being on
TV with Britain’s Got Talent, Sky 1’s Got 2 Dance, with our own BritAsia TV,
Radio Stations all around the world. The more we keep promoting Bhangra
the more chance us Groups have to develop and be successful.
Bhangra Dance and Bhangra music are two industries, we have a Bhangra industry
which is the Music, Production and Singing and we have the other Bhangra industry
which is Dance and respectively these two industries have fallen into 1 large
Bhangra Music Industry has always had its platform some years with less success
but some years with very large success. With the likes of Malkit Singh breaking world
records to Jay-Z & Punjabi MC Collaboration, Khiza & Ginuwine, Rishi Rich
& Britney Spares, Jay Sean, Hard Kaur & D12 etc.
However Dance Industry hasn’t had as much success then the music industry.
But we are growing, with performances on Blue Peter, BBC, Talent Shows and
just recently the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.
Our country needs more competitions such as Bhangra Wars and
Let’s strive for success and all help one another
How much does winning Bhangra Wars 2012 mean to your team?
Winning Bhangra Wars will finally show all our hard work, determination
and love for bhangra has truly paid off. We will carry loving our industry the
way we have for the last 9 years.
Respect to all other groups taking part
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