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”!
This happens only in the Yukon, Canada! Gurdeep Pandher and “Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Air North Can Can Line” created a breathtaking fusion of two famous dancing forms “Punjabi Bhangra” and “Can Can Dance”. The video also aims to bring the cultures of the world together.
Gurdeep Pandher is pleased and honoured to announce that the Bhangra Show is happening at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse on December 18, 2018. When there is cold season around, we warm up the Christmas spirit with high-energy Bhangra moves. We bring delights and make faces smile. Not only we celebrate the Sikh cultural dance in the Yukon, but also bring all other cultures together. Being “inclusive, open and doing things together” is our strength.
Meet Bhangra graduates from the Yukon University! It was fun to teach my Yukon University dance students during this winter and spring semesters. I felt amazed and wonderful by their dedication to learn.
Now they are officially Bhangra graduates 🎓!
They also deserve a big applause for their achievement! 👏
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.
Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Direction, Choreography, Editing:- Gurdeep Pandher
~~~~~~~~~ Bhangra:- Gurdeep Pandher and the Residents of Dawson City
~~~~~~~~~ Opening Scene:- Wendy Cairns, Monique Chatterton and Shelley Brown
~~~~~~~~~ Camera:- Billy Kendrick Assistant Camera Crew:- Tessa Rex and Jake Bellew
~~~~~~~~~ Location:- The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) and Dawson City Streets, Yukon
~~~~~~~~~ More info:-https://www.gurdeep.ca/dawson-city-bhangra-video/
~~~~~~~~~ Copyright:- Gurdeep Pandher | Gurdeep.ca
It was an amazing evening with bhangra performance, music and delicious food. Around 400 people came to attend it at Convention Centre (Coast High Country Inn) in Whitehorse on November 25, 2017 to benefit the Yukon Hospital Foundation!
Krisandra Reid joined Gurdeep Pandher as his co-performer for bhangra dance.
As a good friend of Gurdeep Pandher, it was my pleasure to read his book Among the Stars. It is certainly not every day that I find out one of my friends has written a book, and after knowing Gurdeep for over a year I decided that it was about time I read his book.
As a songwriter and blogger by hobby, I hold great respect for anyone who can write more than me – especially those who write well and who are writing in their second language – as is the case with Gurdeep. I would not have been a very good friend if I didn’t take the time to enjoy the work of art that he put so much time and effort into. Writing a book is a huge accomplishment and after working in the college library last year I became very sad at the thought of how many books go unread. Now, I must admit that I am guilty of seldom reading. However, the curiousity of reading a friend’s book was just the added motivation that I needed to get back on track – thank you Gurdeep!
Among the Stars! follows the life and dreams of Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle when it perished on February 1, 2003. I am not particularly interested in space exploration and nor had I followed the news when the incident happened. Accordingly, I had never heard of Kalpana Chawla prior to picking up the book and honestly didn’t expect to like it. But within a few pages, Gurdeep words had drawn me in.
Not only is the author determined to tell you the inspiring story of Kalpana’s life – but he starts with her very roots – the struggles that her grandparents endured due to the partition of India into India and Pakistan in 1947. Hear, I thought “Wow! I’ve picked up a book about a role model astronaut and I’m even getting a history lesson”. Having travelled to India, I found the first chapter on Kalpana’s family very important because it set the stage for what her family had been through by the time she was born and therefore what expectations might await her. This first chapter also had a familiarity to it – it felt like travelling back to India again and see the world through the many faces I met who probably endured similar struggles as Kalpana’s family. It also was my chance to get accustomed to Gurdeep’s style of writing and to get used to his alternative sentence structure/ occasional mishap in phrasing which I actually didn’t mind because it added an authenticity to it – a way of explaining things in a round about manner that I only ever heard while in India.
The first chapter brought tears to my eyes which caught me off guard. Why was I crying in a book about an astronaut when I’m not even interested in astronauts? How could I feel so connected to someone I never even knew existed. This is when my respect for Gurdeep’s writing really started to grow. He knew what he was doing. He wasn’t trying to write some intellectual fact-based autobiography on a famous person. No. He was paying tribute to Kalpana and healing the heart of a broken family, nation, and world by honouring her in the deepest way possible – by writing a book that showed her soul and what it was really made of. He didn’t stop there either. After taking the readers through her life and accomplishments and the tragedy itself, he went on to tell the story of the rest of the crew. “Kalpana’s story would be incomplete without [them]”, he says.
No detail is left out in Gurdeep’s book. Every emotion is explained, and even the small moments are highlighted. Kalpana’s legacy is built piece by piece with all of his research. You can tell from the way he writes that much of his research was through direct contact with the subject matter’s friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. In writing this book, Gurdeep has truly retraced the steps of Kalpana Chawla’s life and dreams. It was a pleasure to read his book and an even greater pleasure to reflect on it afterwards by writing this review. For anyone who has lost faith in their dreams, read this book. For anyone who wishes the world was more united, read this book. For anyone who likes to know what a person’s soul is made of, read this book. And especially, for those of you, like me, who didn’t pay attention to the news on February 1, 2003 you should read this book. It will make you wish you could have known what great minds and hearts the world lost on that day.
I am gratefull to Gurdeep Pandher for taking the time to write this book in Kalpana’s honour. I cried many times throughout the book and felt that somewhere up in the stars Kalpana was looking down on me with a courageous smile that said “keep going towards your dreams, even if you don’t know what they are”. Kalpana knew what her dreams were from the very beginning. Contrary to her, I never have. But reading this book has made me less afraid of taking the time to find them. Rest in peace Kalpana and please keep writing Gurdeep Pandher! You both make the world a better place!
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.