Let’s sing and dance, all night long….

While Festival Europalia.India try to decipher in seven themes the many different aspects of Indian art, through 450 events in 100 venues across Belgium (my home country), I witnessed in the Indian Social Club in Salalah in Dhofar in the south of the Sultanate, the ‘Grand Musical Entertainment Night’ of the Punjabi wing.

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700.000 Indian lives in Oman. 80.000 Indian lives in Dhofar. The Punjabi wing, one of the 12 linguistic regional wings of the Indian Social Club in Salalah invited the famous singer and Bhangra dancer Pammi Bai en media director Ravinder Ranguwal. with their musicians and dancers. Under a beautiful sky, among palm trees, songs, dance and Ghasell (poetry) entertained the public. Also occurred during the harvest time in small villages in Punjab.

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Bhangra music, one of the many Punjabi musical art forms, and Banghra dance (the high energy men dance) and Ghida (the womens dance) were showed on the stage.  Bhangra occurred during the harvest time in small villages in Punjab and is now also performed during weddings or birthdays and adapted for television and movies. Many different Punjabi instruments contribute to the sound of Bhangra. The primary and most important instrument that defines Bhangra is the drumset. The Banghra dresses, with nice jewelry are as colorful and vibrant as the performed songs, music, and dance.

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