The genre originated from the British Punjabi community in England during the late 20th century. The roots of modern bhangra music date back to the British Punjabi community in England during the s. This was the first song to combine traditional Asian music with modern western instruments, which would be followed by further developments of this in bhangra. Although bhangra music used many of the elements of Punjabi folk music e. The song structure of a typical bhangra song featured four verses, a chorus, along with two alternating instrumental bridge sections. Hence it featured more musicianship than its folk predecessor. A modern and commercial form of bhangra music was said to rise in Britain in the s by Punjabi immigrants who took their native folk music and began experimenting by altering it using instruments from their host country. The new genre quickly became popular in Britain replacing Punjabi folk singers due to it being heavily influenced in Britain by the infusion of rock music and a need to move away from the simple and repetitive Punjabi folk music.
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Bhangra is one of the most prominent examples of this fusion. Bhangra was originally a folk dance of farmers in the Punjab region of India. It was at first used to celebrate harvest, but eventually began to be used in other celebrations such as weddings. In the s, many people of the Punjab region left and went to the UK in the midst of the political turmoil that was taking place in hope to escape to a safer place. With them, they brought the Bhangra dance. Over time, many of these Indians living in Westernized countries wished to reconnect with their roots. Indians began fusing this traditional Indian dance with the dance and music that was popular in the western countries where they had migrated. Bhangra was used by many Indian communities in England as a way to reconnect with and confirm their cultural identity. The dance helped them appreciate their ancestors back home who were working so hard and it promoted a deep sense of cultural pride, but it also created a new culture from the two different cultures that these Punjabi people were now a part of Stringham.
Bhangra , folk dance and music of the Punjab northwestern India and northeastern Pakistan and the popular music genre that emerged from it in the mid-to-late 20th century. Cultivated in two separate but interactive styles—one centred in South Asia, the other within the South Asian community of the United Kingdom —the newer bhangra blends various Western popular musics with the original Punjabi tradition. It enjoys an immense following in South Asia and within the South Asian diaspora. The term bhangra originally designated a particular dance performed by Sikh and Muslim men in the farming districts of the Punjab region of South Asia.