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May 23, 2012

Regional Spotlight: India (music & dance)

The rise of Bhangra and Punjabi music across not only Asia, but also the Western world has opened everyone’s eyes to the varying music genres and dance styles coming out of India right now. We have covered India before on our long running Regional Spotlight, but today we wanted to touch on two people with music and dance styles glowing up the scene right now.

 via TED blog

Amar Mahil currently owns Punjabi Radio, which broadcasts across Europe (one of the only Punjabi stations to do so). His station is dedicated to all Punjabi people living in Europe and they broadcast live from Oslo and Chandigarh. But it doesn’t just stop there, the whole globe can listen to the station online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their musical output is predominantly Punjabi, Hindi and Bhangra, below is an example of their artist flavour.

This track is a personal favourite and it only went live on YouTube last week, it’s entitled ‘Breathless’ (Miss Pooja ft. DJ Vix):


Next up is a classical Indian dancer who used dance and music to cope with being diagnosed with cancer. Ananda Shankar was taught by gurus to dance once upon a time! Not many people can say that, I mean, my dad once said he was a dance guru, but I didn’t believe him. She even danced at the feet of Rukmini Devi Arundale, the famous dancer and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form Bharantnatyam.

She famously performed at a TED India conference (2009) in front of thousands of observers, both in the conference and online. Her dance style is incredible, she paints with her feet and dances at the same time, her video below has had more than 200,000 views! She is performing the classical dance styles of Bharantanatyam and Kuchipudi.

“Cancer’s only one page in my life, and I will not allow this page to impact the rest of my life.”

via TED 

Are there any other Indian musicians, dancers or DJ’s you would like us to highlight in the future? Let me know below or @Nokia_Connects.