A group of international students at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have become an overnight dance sensation.
Three years ago, a few friends met at Dalhousie University. After discovering their shared love for Bhangra dance, a form of dance that originated in the Punjab region of India, they came together to form the Maritime Bhangra Group. A video of two group members, Davinder Singh and Kunwardeep Singh, went viral on the group’s Facebook page and has caught the attention of news outlets across Canada.
For group member Hasmeet Singh Chandok, the Maritime Bhangra Group is a way to celebrate his culture and share it with his new community. “This is the place we have learned and gained everything from after coming to Canada, so we feel that if we actually do [videos] from these locations, we want to give a boost to the tourism in Nova Scotia.”
“We just want to give back to this community because people have loved us so much.”
“People are very good in the Maritimes, they are so nice, but we still have that issue where people stare at us because they don’t know who we are . . . people confuse us with others, and we just feel that our identity is missing so we need to let people know who we are,” he continued.
In the wake of the video’s sudden popularity, the group has received dozens of applications from people wanting to join in. “[That] includes people from all the races, and that is the most wonderful part of it because one of the reasons why we do this dance is we want to raise awareness of who we are, where we come from, and how we look,” Chandok said.
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