The Yukon’s 2019 Bhangra concert, created by Gurdeep Pandher, was fabulous. It was a sold-out show.
There were 420 members of the audience, around 90 performers, and 10 members of the Arts Centre crew and volunteers. Together, “520 humans” brought their energy to the concert.
Gurdeep Pandher’s bhangra students performed Bhangra to traditional Irish-Celtic music, bagpipers and drummers of Midnight Sun Pipe Band, Japanese drum music (taiko pieces) and Punjabi Dhol drum and bagpipe fusion. On top of that, the Yukon’s 30 youths danced Bhangra together. There was also a spectacular Bhangra and Highland dance mashup. Yukon College students joined to dance Bhangra on the stage too.
The best part was that we gave a strong message of cross-cultural “togetherness” and “belonging” from the Yukon. The theme of the show was “Celebrating cross-culturalism and differences via Bhangra” and we succeed in delivering our message.
And we showcased unity in the Yukon diversity! We presented our Sikh-Punjabi culture in an exquisitely beautiful way and also blended it with many other Yukon cultures and arts.