Get to Know the NYC Bhangra Dance Company
Colorful troupe graces APAHM party on May 1
NYC Bhangra Dance Company is a dance troupe that offers dynamic Indian dance and cultural programs and classes. Established in 2007 and led by artistic director Megha Kalia, the company brings together ancient traditions of Indian dance forms that have been passed down through generations, from master teachers to dance devotees.
The company will be an especially vibrant component at Asia Society New York's kickoff party in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month this Friday, May 1.
In addition, NYC Bhangra Dance Company convenes thousands of New Yorkers every year to dance at the "Festival of Colors" celebration "Holi Hai!" Through her inclusion of various cultural dance forms — ranging from South American to African to European — Kalia's Holi Hai exemplifies the spirit of New York City and its ethnic diasporas. From the southern classical forms of Bharatanatyam to the colorful cinematic styles of contemporary Bollywood, and from the northern farmers and their energetic Bhangra beats, NYC Bhangra bridges India's deep-rooted ethnic heritage with the multicultural and vibrant diaspora culture of New York City.
“Our goal each year for Holi Hai is to make it the happiest Holi celebration in New York, and the blissful day of smiles of the audience is our success,” Kalia says. “New York City is invited to join us to celebrate life with colors!”
Video: NYC Bhangra Dance Company's 2014 annual Holi Hai festival in New York City. (Zerina Phillip)
Video: NYC Bhangra at the 2013 India Day Parade in New York. (NYC Bhangra Dance Company)