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Sexy Orange Bhangra

Members of SU's co-ed Bhangra team share their motivations for dancing and maintaining the Punjab tradition.

Bhangra is a traditional style of dance from the Punjab region of northern India. It is very energetic and happy because it originally was a dance of farmers to celebrate the harvest. A Bhangra performance lasts about seven or eight minutes, and the dancers are exhausted by the end. 

Orange Bhangra is the co-ed Bhangra dance team at SU. It puts on performances and also dances in competitions. The team has tryouts for new members. Some team members had never done this style of dance before joining the team. The group practices twice a week and has several performances each semester. When the team performs, the members wear traditional Bhangra outfits in orange and blue to represent SU.

Photo: Lauren Bertolini
The Orange Bhangra team practices at the Women's Building on the Syracuse University campus in February 2009.

Jasleen Bains, a junior at SU and co-captain of Orange Bhangra, described her team as diverse.

“We don’t really come from similar backgrounds at all,” Bains said. “But it’s really interesting how just the dance brings us together.”

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