Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) | Gurdeep Pandher | Celebrating Diversity/Inclusion via Bhangra

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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”!

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Midnight Sun Bhangra in the Yukon at 12:30 AM

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Midnight Sun Bhangra

Midnight Sun Dance – In the Yukon (Canada), during the summer solstice times, days are almost 24 hours long. From 2 AM to 3 AM, it may get a little bit duskier, but you can still see things around clearly and enjoy the moment like a captivating evening time. This time of the day is like a poet’s best imaginative moment to indulge in a superb creativity. Gurdeep Pandher and his dance partner Véronique Lachance decided to do some high-energy Bhangra dance at 12:30 AM, just after midnight, at the heart-gratifying Lake Laberge scenery of the calmly flowing Yukon river, to showcase to the world how elegant the Yukon looks under the midnight sun during the charming summer solstice days. Enjoy the dance and please share the video!


YouTube Link:- https://youtu.be/XsRhiPJuvFo

When Cold Dawson City Gets Warmed Up with Bhangra Moves

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Gurdeep Pandher | Dawson City | Bhangra | Oora Aara – The Song of Punjabi Alphabet


It was the month of January in the town of Dawson City of the Yukon, Canada. It was cold. It was actually really very-cold. The fire was out as well. Then the people of Dawson decided to dance Punjabi folk-dance Bhangra to warm themselves up. And it worked.

Gurdeep Pandher​ trained local people to dance bhangra and then choreographed it in the Dawson streets to fire up the energy of the bodies.

People enjoyed dancing to bhangra and it also created pure happiness along with the rich-warmth of dance energy.

The Councillor with the City of Dawson government, Billy Kendrick and his team, brought cameras to film it.

And so true, in Dawson City, people found gold and we have found “golden hearts” there.

Dawson City is located in the Yukon Territory of Canada. It the place where Gold Rush happened between years 1896 and 1899. The area is also known as the Klondike region of the Yukon. Dawson City is also known for the marvelous writings of the Yukon poet Robert W. Service.

Bhangra is the folk-dance of Punjab.


Credits:-

Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Direction, Choreography, Editing:- Gurdeep Pandher
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Bhangra:- Gurdeep Pandher and the Residents of Dawson City
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Opening Scene:- Wendy Cairns, Monique Chatterton and Shelley Brown
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Camera:- Billy Kendrick
Assistant Camera Crew:- Tessa Rex and Jake Bellew
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Location:- The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) and Dawson City Streets, Yukon
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More info:- https://www.gurdeep.ca/dawson-city-bhangra-video/
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Copyright:- Gurdeep Pandher | Gurdeep.ca


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Lyrics:-

Je ma boli nun bhull jawonge
Kakhan vich rull jawonge

Oora aara eeree sassa haha, saadi jaan hai
Sadi pachhan hai
Saadi jind jaan hai

Kakka khakha gagga ghagha ghanyna, kanth kariyo
Ehde naal khadio
Ehnoo nitt padiyo

Chacha chhachha jajja jhajha nayeeya, dilan ch rakhiyo
Nanak de bachiyo
Dashmesh de bachiyo

Tanka thatha dadda dhadha naana, chardi kala hai
Har ikk da bhala hai
Sarbhat da bhala hai

Tatta thatha dadda dhadha nanna, nirbhayo riho
Har ikk nun jaa kiho
Boli nun saambh liyo

Pappa faffa bhabha bhabha mamma, ma Punjabi hai
Sadi ma Punjabi hai
Ammi Punjabi hai

Yayeeya rarra lalla vava rada, bachiyan nu dassiyo
Parivaar nu dassiyo
Nagar ch dassiyo

Gurdeep Pandher | Stephanie Dixon | Bhangra | Swimming | Yukon

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Fun collaboration between two the Yukon friends Stephanie Dixon and Gurdeep Pandher doing Punjabi Bhangra dance and fun swimming to normalize what may not be considered normal in some sections of our society. The video is about living a passionate life even if your normal is different than other people’s normal and celebrating difference, because different doesn’t mean less than.

The video has gone viral with more than a million views from all over the world!

Stephanie Dixon has 19 Paralympic Medals (7 Gold, 10 Silver and 2 Bronze) from 3 Games (2000/2004/2008) and has set Multiple World Records. She continues to be an ambassador for inclusive sport in Canada. For Stephanie’s detailed bio, please check pages like CBC or Swimming Canada or Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame!

Gurdeep Pandher is an author and Bhangra artist. 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.

“Let’s start seeing people as people,” adds Gurdeep Pandher. “Let’s stop putting them into different classes. Any kind of classification, whether it is racial, cultural, lingual, orientational, or related to our bodies is wrong. If someone looks different than yourself, it should be just normal. For me a turban is just a symbol of change. For instance, when you see someone with a different appearance or style than yourself, you shouldn’t have no problem in accepting that person’s choices in the way you accept you or yours. And the same applies to our bodies.”

“Let’s normalize different bodies and cultures,” says Stephanie Dixon. “Different doesn’t mean less than. When we set aside assumptions, we can see the whole person. The video is about two friends having fun.”

Video, Editing, Music and Background Singing by: Gurdeep Pandher

Gurdeep Pandher and Stephanie Dixon during the making of the video!

Bhangra at Wharf

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Bhangra entertainment we provided yesterday during lunch hour at WHARF! Thanks to The Yukon Arts Centre, for hosting it! Many thanks to Gabriella, for being my dancing partner! Many thanks to other people (who are not in this video) who danced with us!

Here is the link to watch the video on Facebook:-

I love our community of photographers. They bend, turn, twist, go up and down, and even lie on the ground to make sure the images they capture are breathtaking ❤️!