Your Shout: Bhangra Renaissance!

Do you have a vintage photo of Bhangra or Giddha dancers like the one shown here or from the last few decades? If yes, then Hardeep Sahota, Creative Director of voluntary group Virsa wants to hear from you for his latest project that will tell the story of Punjab’s folk dancing traditions.

‘Bhangra Renaissance’ aims to preserve collective memories of the rich cultural heritage of Bhangra.

The project will also help tell the story of Bhangra to members of the wider community through the dissemination of the project, its research and findings in creative new and interactive ways.

It will also provide a valuable means of bridging the generation gap bringing members of the community together, both young and old, to collect, explore and retell the story of Bhangra.

Call for your photos!

If you have have any vintage photos of Bhangra or Giddha dancers hidden in your family albums and would like them to be considered as part of the Bhangra Renaissance exhibition and book currently being developed, then get in touch with the Virsa team at

Virsa: Punjabi for heritage
Virsa is a Punjabi word that translates as ‘heritage’. It’s also the name of a community group made up of young professionals and volunteers who aim to research, practice and celebrate the heritage of South Asian Arts in Kirklees, Yorkshire, England.

Bhangra Group, 8 August 1964 (Private Collection)

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