Bhangra is an up-tempo and dance music that is commonly associated with the Punjabi culture. Â The folk music that originated from the Punjabi people takes its roots from traditional Bhangra music. Â The Punjab region is located in an area between the borders of Pakistan and India and is famous for their unique culture along with their music. Â Bhangra is considered one of their traditional dances that evolved into popular music in recent times. Â Whenever the term Bhangra is mentioned, people would often relate it to a folk dance tune from the Panjabi people.
Traditional Bhangra music was believed to be used as a kind of celebratory dance especially during the arrival of spring. Â The Punjabi way of life is also rich in festivals and celebration and most of these are held as a form of thanksgiving. Â In the case of Bhangra, this particular music is said to be common during celebrations that welcome the spri.ng or Vaisaki. Â In modern times, this traditional dance music was merged with more recent sounds by various bands that had Western influences. Â With modern instruments and traditional Punjabi influence, Bhangra music eventually evolved into the pop mainstream and became its own genre. Â Many people refer to Bhangra music as traditional Asian music.
More and more people have elevated the level of Bhangra music to pop culture. Â By the 1980s, Bhangra became a hit across the UK with the infusion of modern sounds from famous rock and alternative bands. Â The young British youth at the time became the main supporters of Bhangra music and many songs were considered their anthems for rebellion or self-identity. Other Bhangra-inspired music has also been used across different bars and clubs in the UK. Â The popularity of Bhangra music has also penetrated major films in Bollywood, India’s version of the movie industry. Â Starting as a traditional and folk sound, Bhangra music has successfully evolved into its own genre whether the authentic sound is used in various other genres like pop, rock, hip-hop or R&B.