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What is Masala Bhangra all about?
Simply put, Masala Bhangra is a dance workout. It’s a cardiovascular exercise routine with a Punjabi twist. From swaying your hands to moving your legs and grooving to the beat, Bhangra is an Indian folk dance largely performed in Northern India. It’s fitness with a twist.
Tell us about how it all began?
I was always passionate about fitness and it was a hobby I pursued for years before it turned into a full fledged profession. Masala Bhangra is close to my heart because it symbolizes my cultural roots. Despite being born and raised in New York City my parents, who migrated from India in the 70s, inculcated Indian traditional values into my daily American lifestyle. Dance, especially Bhangra, has been an essential aspect of Punjabi culture and I always wanted to bring this dance form to the world. I only created the blueprint for Masala Bhangra after my father’s untimely and early death. I recognized my passion for fitness and incorporated Bhangra into it as an ode to my father and my culture.
Biggest myth about Masala Bhangra…
It’s not all dance and it definitely requires good cardiovascular strength
Fitness in India…
When I first started Masala Bhangra in the US 15 years ago, nobody had even heard about it. But Americans were quick to adapt it because they are fitness freaks. In India the fitness culture has been transforming only since the past 5 to 6 years, and its changing for the better. Now, even Indians are interested in Masala Bhangra and that’s the beauty of this fitness program. I used to wonder why Indians would be excited about a fitness routine with their own folk dance form, but my perception has entirely changed now. Indians want to learn new things and they are very flexible and responsive towards change.
A little something for the readers…
Give Masala Bhangra a shot, I promise you won’t regret it!
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