Canadian Armed Forces and Gurdeep Pandher collaborated to create this Punjabi Bhangra dance video to celebrate diversity and inclusion in The Canadian Forces. Soldiers from different backgrounds make “One Force” with “One Love” for Canada and Canadians. Share it to celebrate “Diversity in our National Defence and Military”!
Punjabi Bhangra Dance, Fiddle Music, Punjabi Musical Instrument Tumbi, Highland Dancers, Live Music, and some other cultural beauties – In this 4-minute film, you will find many elements woven together.
This film is a collaboration between Gurdeep Pandher and the Yukon’s Fiddleheads to celebrate Canadian cross-cultural friendship. When we share our cultures with each other, we understand each other better, and make cross-cultural connections stronger. In this short dance and music film, we included Bhangra dance, fiddle music, Punjabi musical instrument Tumbi, highland dance, Sikh culture, and some other cultural and aesthetic arts. Cultures have been an integral part of human evolution and also kept us connected. Every country, region, faith or group have their cultures, which they celebrate and also remains a good formation of their life style. Cultures created events, festivals, folk-fairs, house-concerts and other reasons for people to come together at one place and celebrate doing fun activities which keep them entertained, make them motivated, keep them connected with their roots, remind them about their folk-traditions, and also unite them with theirs and other cultures.
Gurdeep Pandher is grateful to Keitha Clark, the head of Fiddleheads, for a wonderful team-work during the making of this film and playing a great role in this collaboration.
One of other major thanks is due to Gurdeep’s dance partner Monique Chatterton for learning and dancing bhangra along him.
The whole film team is very much thankful to Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse for donating their space for free to shoot this film.
About Fiddleheads:- The Fiddleheads are celebrating 20 years of entertaining Yukon audiences this season. Founded in 1998 by Trish Barclay, the group creates original theatre productions, organizes barn dances, hosts jams, and works with other youth ﬁddle groups in the territory. The Fiddleheads have provided a ﬁrst experience for many young Yukon musicians to develop their talents and expand their skills. Through the years, the group has performed everywhere from the Canada Winter Games to the Commissioner’s Christmas Party. Last year they released A Yukon Fiddle Celebration, an album of tunes from the repertoires of traditional fiddlers from across the territory.
About Gurdeep Pandher: Gurdeep Pandher is the Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) based Bhangra artist and author. The works of art he created in order to bring people from all backgrounds together and promote inclusivity and diversity have gone viral and been published internationally. His performances and videos crossed many borders and were watched by millions from all over the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail, Global News, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Russian state media, Reuters News Agency and many international media organizations.
Last note: This is our multicultural Canada – we have different roots, cultures and backgrounds, but at the end of day we are all ONE CANADA.
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With Softball Team from India, which is in Whitehorse to play in World Men’s Softball. It was fun to spend this afternoon time chatting with these guys and sharing cool stories from India. Two of them are from the towns very close to my village in Punjab.
Today is Canada Day. It’s also 150th anniversary of the confederation. We are happy to celebrate the special day of our nation. When I think of the world, I feel fortunate to live in such a country which loves and embraces everyone. We Canadians may looks different from outside, but our cores are the same. Unity in diversity is our strength! Happy birthday, Canada!
Gurdeep’s videos have, collectively, been watched over fifty million times from various platforms. His work has been published/used by The Governor-General of Canada, Canadian High Commissions, The Prime Minister of Canada, Air Canada, Department of Canadian National Defence, Royal Canadian Navy, RCMP, Department of Canadian Heritage, BBC News, CBC, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star,Twitter Moments Canada, diverse media and community organizations.