(WBNG Binghamton) Bhangra Fever 4 at Binghamton University on Saturday, February 16, will feature premiere Indian dance teams from six states and provinces across the United States and Canada.
According to a news release:
A highlight of the competition will be the performance of Bhangra Empire from Fremont, California, a group that has won recognition worldwide for its intricate choreography, athleticism, and creativity, and has appeared at the White House, NBA half-time shows, and on America’s Got Talent.
The 2013 edition of Bhangra Fever, which is the fourth annual competition hosted by Binghamton Bhangra, includes the most diverse and competitive lineup yet to appear on the Binghamton stage. Following the success of Bhangra Fever 3, which attracted an audience of more than 700 bhangra fans from throughout the tri-state area and Canada and received rave reviews in national bhangra forums and regional newspapers, Bhangra Fever 4 is sure to draw a large and enthusiastic crowd to Osterhout Concert Theatre for the Saturday night show.
Originating from an energetic folk dance style in the Indian state of Punjab, contemporary Bhangra fuses traditional northern Indian dance moves and instruments with modern urban beats and themes and colorful costumes to create a highly energetic and entertaining show. Performances consist of 8 to 16 people dancing on stage in an exciting display of synchronization and energy. Bhangra competitions are growing in popularity in the US, Canada, and the UK, with the number of collegiate bhangra teams growing each year and increasingly attracting dancers from all cultural traditions.
In addition to Bhangra Empire, students and community members from Binghamton and throughout the region will be treated to performances by award-winning dance teams Da Real Punjabiz from the University of California, San Diego, Ministry of Bhangra from Chicago, Illinois, and Northwestern Bhangra, also from Chicago. Exceptional regional teams performing at Bhangra Fever 4 include Cornell Bhangra. Columbia Bhangra, Rochester Bhangra, Rutgers Bhangra, Nachde Gabru Punjab De from Toronto, and First Class Bhangra from Pittsburgh.
Official Competitive Line-up:
Bhangra Empire (Fremont, CA)
Columbia Bhangra (New York, NY)
Cornell Bhangra (Ithaca, NY)
Da Real Punjabiz (SoCal)
First Class Bhangra (Pittsburgh, PA)
Ministry of Bhangra (Chicago, IL)
Nachde Gabru Punjab De (Toronto, Canada)
Northwestern Bhangra (Chicago, IL)
Rochester Bhangra (Rochester, NY)
Rutgers Bhangra (New Brunswick, NJ)
There will also be exhibition performances by Binghamton Masti, Binghamton Bhangra, and well-known Punjabi music artist, Ricky Jatt, who has performed at Bhangra competitions all over the country and recently released a new single, Kangna Tera Ni.