The Nachdey Hasdey Bhangra Group
The name of the group NACHDEY HASDEY translated into English is 'JOYOUS DANCING' A stunning, vibrant, colourful group of performers that we have promoted for all kinds of very successful events.
Bhangra is very much a participatory art form and the guests are actively encouraged to sing, clap and dance with the performers.
The Nachdey Hasdey Bhangra Group have been performing for nearly 21 years and perform Traditional Folk Bhangra dancing which comes from the Punjab.
The group was formed in 1984 and consists of 14 members, which can include 8 dancers, 2 drummers, 1 singer, 2 stage back up members and 1 professional coach, although more often than not they perform as a group of 6 dancers and 2 drummers + one sound man (they have their own small PA system) .
The group has some of the best professional performers in the U.K as members and are mostly between the ages of 15 and 40, although there is now a children's section of the group, known as the Nachdey Hasdey Juniors, who are great fun and always raise the 'aah' factor!
Bhangra performances vary from Asian weddings, parties, corporate occasions, multicultural open shows to charity galas.
The History of Bhangra
The origins of Bhangra as a form of music and dance go back many centuries. However, a specific time cannot be established when the sound of Bhangra became the music of Punjab.
Dancing and singing has always been a way of life for the villagers and townsfolk living in the area. Historically, the majority of work that was carried out in the Punjab was that of farming.
It has been said that Bhangra and its music originates from the farmers who sing while tending their fields, sowing the seeds and cutting the crops at harvest time to take to the markets. Many of the movements of Bhangra are centred on the whole aspect of tending to the land and the growing of crops. As most of the work was carried out by the men and young boys this is reflected in the dancing, which is very boisterous and has a very macho feel about it.
As Punjabi people have migrated to different parts of the world, the sound of Bhangra has also travelled; this has allowed Bhangra to be adapted to reach wider audiences. They have held high one of the highest traditions in Punjabi Heritage. Bhangra dancing is done at many happy and auspicious occasions and is seen as the Dance of India.
Both Harjinder and Co and Nachdey Hasdey Bhangra Dancers were fantastic at the Farewell dinner. Both were entirely supportive of me and both had to wait longer than was planned as the evening was sold out and the service somewhat slower than anticipated. We were all terrible bhangra dancers but had a great time nevertherless!
Please pass on my thanks to them all for their professionalism and consideration.
With Best Wishes
British Equine Vetinary Association - Sept 2006