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Punjab's Bhangra Dance"Punjab is a land of plenty, of large hearted people and of life. Green fields, hard working men and women and good food are things that come to mind when thinking of Punjab but something that is even more characteristic are the beats of the Bhangra. "

Bhangra, because of its liveliness, has gained popularity all over the country. Its catchy beats and up tempo music can be heard everywhere today. It's popularity can be attributed to many who helped bring it out of Punjab and spread it all over the country. But there is one man in particular whose name has now become synonymous with Bhangra. He is a husband, a father and a world-renowned entertainer. He popularized Bhangra like no one else before and spread it not only all over the country but all over the world. He has won many national and international awards for his excellent work. The man is Daler Mehndi.

Originally Bhangra was danced on Baisakhi, which is the harvest celebration festival, but today no reason is needed to enjoy this exciting dance. A night at the disco is incomplete without a dance of Daler's music. In fact, it is rare to come back home without it.

Punjab's Bhangra DanceThis king of Bhangra pop is not just an entertainer but also a philanthropist. Ninety per cent of his shows are for Charitable causes such as the Chief Minister's Relief Fund - Jammu, for raising funs for schools for Police Welfare Funds, etc. On the outskirts of Delhi there is a facility where people from all sections of society can go and enjoy a full meal for free any time of the day or night. This is the Daler Mehndi Food for Life Society. It is financed by Daler himself. The Daler Singh Mehndi Green Drive is another example of his magnanimity.

It is an effort at promoting clean, healthy living through a cleaner, healthier and safer environment. Some of the activities of the Green Drive will be providing garbage bins at strategic locations in Delhi and ensuring their servicing, it will convert dry leaves to compost and provide eco-friendly trees to participating schools and give of these schools. Daler also did charity shows in U.K. in aid of Cancer that generated Five Lac Pounds !

Folk Dances of Rajasthan
Giddha Dance
Punjab's Gidda DancesDuring Lohri occasion, the Punjabi women revelling joy, give vent to their suppressed feelings in a male dominated society through the Giddha. Slogans known as bolis are sung while dancing which exhibit the deep human feeling.

Bhangra Dance
Punjab's Bhangra DanceMusic with its entire effervescence transcends all realities whilst lifting the soul. It is an effort of illustrating the truth, of manifesting the eternal feelings of love, bliss, tears and happiness. Indian music amidst its fizz and pulse has thawed a billion hearts since the remote past .

Jago Dance
Punjab's Jago DanceLiterally, "wake up!" When there's a marriage in the house, girls dance through the village streets carrying a pot (gaggar) decorated with lightened candles and singing jaagu songs. The theme of song in the 'Jago' is social and typically a bit of teasing (often aimed at elders) goes with the song.

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