Each year, MIT Bhangra traditionally performs
at the India Association of Greater Boston's
(IAGB) India Independence Day show. 2001 was no exception. This year's dance
featured a confluence of over 20 dancers from all age groups and occupations
from all over Boston -- many of whom had never performed before. MIT Bhangra
had been teaching open classes from December 2000 through May 2001. Some
students who were absolute beginners in early 2001 were on stage and performing
the finale act in front of thousands of people by August. The result was
an amazingly energetic and spirited dance.
Rizwan Dhanidina, Ravi Dixit, Moninder Jheeta, Dharmesh Mehta, Radhika Nagpal, Mona Shah, Sunil Vemuri
Photo taken by Shaun Robbins
aj kerdi morni pave?
Banto tured kar gayi,
teri yaad bari hi aave
|In the gidda
which (kerdi) peacock (morni, good looking girls) is creating a stir?
Banto (the girl's name), you left me
I miss you a lot (bari=alot) (yaad=memory),
|Oh, sona mukharda
vekh ke tera,
ni baago baag hoyaa dil mera
beautiful (sohna) face (mukhrda),
My heart (dil) goes absolutely crazy (baago baag)
|Vohti oh lehni,
Jirdi peke jave na
Phul vang husdi rahe
Mathe vat pave na
|I want a wife
who (jirdi) never goes to her parents house (peke)
who always laughs (husdi) like a flower (phul)
who never frowns (mathe=forhead vat=folds)
pind wich aageyaa
Poore pind wich,
parthoo oh paageyaa
He came into the village (pind)
In the entire (poore) village,
he made a huge ruckus (parthoo)
August 18, 2001: IAGB Independence Day Show
The summer was spent preparing for this performance. The IAGB Hatchshell performance was attended by several thousand people. After the success of this show, performance offers came rolling in.
August 28, 2001: MIT Activities Midway
Activities Midway is an event at the beginning of every school year in which student clubs promote themselves and recruit new members. Sangam kindly arranged a dance time slot for us. We brought the house down! Sunil joined as a dancer for this and the next performance.
September 23, 2001: Somerville's "Spice of Life" festival
The final performance was a charity benefit for the South Asia Center. Jaspal Singh, a long-time contributor to MIT Bhangra, arranged this performance as a way to reach out to the Somerville community and city government in an effort to help secure a building for the permanent home of the South Asia Center. Ravi and Arundhati joined as dancers for this performance.
An interesting team discussion took place just prior to the Spice of Life performance. The date of this performance was soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. At this time, there were reports of racial violence in the United States directed against those who appeared of Middle-Eastern decent. The team discussed the implications of performing a celebratory dance in the wake of such loss of life and any consequences we might face by wearing turbans as part of the dance. The team proceeded with the performance, with turbans, and the crowd loved it!