Bhangra” and UIC fusion dance group “Dhamaal”
history at NBA games in Chicago
Chicago, March 11, 2009
- PUNJABI CULTURAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO PRESENTS BHANGRA AT NBA
CHICAGO BULLS VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS BASKET BALL GAME
- THOUSANDS GET A TASTE OF THE BHANGRA AND BOLLYWOOD FUSION DANCE
- UIC BHANGRA AND DHAMAAL GROUPS IMPRESSED THE SPECTATORS WITH
ENERGY, MUSIC, MOVES, AND COLORFUL COSTUMES
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago presented the world famous
Punjabi folk dance Bhangra first ever time at an NBA basket ball
game in Midwest. Award winning Chicago Bhangra Team “UIC Bhangra”
and UIC fusion dance group “Dhamaal” scored very high
in performance on the court at United Center Stadium in Chicago
minutes before the start of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks basket
ball game on March 6, 2009.
“This event raised the profile of our community and culture.
Our performers did a fantastic job presenting our dances,”
said PCS president Ronny Singh Kular.
"I applaud P.C.S. for organizing such a wonderful community
event that brings such a positive recognition to our community,
and makes our children proud," said Harinder Singh, PCS Chairman
and president of M.I.T.S. Inc. a computer training academy, who
brought his family to the game.
“Bulls beat Bucks 117-102, but the real winner was Punjabi
Bhangra and Indian community who made history at NBA games in Chicago,”
said Mohinderjit Singh Saini, one of the PCS organizers.
More than 500 of the Punjabi/Indian community members were among
21,000 fans watching the game in the magnificent United Center stadium,
in addition to many times more watching on TV.
“These main-stream participations by PCS are building pride
and excitement within our own community, and expanding our outreach
into the larger main-stream American community,” said Rajinder
Singh Mago, one of the PCS organizers.
Live Punjabi Dhol (drum) beats rang out at United Center to start
the performances. Next was UIC “Dhamaal” group highly
styled performance that blended traditional Indian dance forms with
modern hip-hop choreography in a medley of re-mix tracks starting
with the blockbuster Oscar winner “Jai Ho….”
Then came the “UIC Bhangra” group the final act, who
rendered an excellent Bhangra dance performance, performed the first
ever time at an NBA game in Chicago. The energetic Bhangra performance
brought the crowd to their feet with their hands vigorously clapping
to the beat.
“This is an unforgettable diverse cultural experience,”
said Patricia Michalski of Oak Park, a well known Chicago public
servant, who brought twelve members of her family to watch this
The dhol players were Jaspreet Singh, Garvish Damania, and Sunny
Sekhon. The “UIC Bhangra” team consisted of Nakul Gulati,
Aveg Gupta, Anish Shah, Mayank Kumar, Venkat Murali, Pankaj Malhotra,
Chirag Makwana, Ankita Matharu, Deepika Bhagwat, Mohini Pathria,
Akshi Gandhi, Prashansa Sharma, Harleen Saini, Tania Vadakara, and
The “Dhamaal” group included Kinjal Bhatt, Shreya Patel,
Aekta Tailor, Rushi Parekh, Krupa Patel, Piyali Gangophadyay, Sreya
Patel, and Dincy Poulous.
The event organizing volunteers included Ronny Kular, Mohinderjit
Singh Saini, Balwinder Girn, Sunny Kular, Onkar Singh Sangha, Bhinder
Singh Pamma, Amarjit Kaur Atwal, Sukhmel Atwal, Harwinder Pal Singh
Lail, Jasbir Singh Palia, Baljeet Kaur Sangha, Jaspaul Saini, Pete
Deol, Kevin Atwal, and Rajinder Singh Mago.
The program was made possible with the help of Chicago Bulls, UIC
& UofC students, Sikh American Heritage Organization, and Punjabi
Cultural Society of Chicago.
The upcoming PCS program is the annual Vaisakhi celebration program
"Rangla Punjab 2009" on Saturday April 11, 2009, 7 PM,
at Lane Tech High School Auditorium, 2501 W. Addison St., Chicago.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community
organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing
arts, healthier life style, sports, good citizenship and education
in the metropolitan Chicago area.