SWAT gives Singapore bhangra a new spin

Newly formed bhangra group intends to give new direction for competitive bhangra in Singapore

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Kirat Kaur | Singapore | 15 Dec Oct 2015Asia Samachar |
Team members of Sadi Wakhri Ah Taur (SWAT) and Bhangra Punjabian Da (BPD) in a group photo after the Bhangra Dance Off 2015 held at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak, Malaysia, on 5 Dec 2015.
Team members of Sadi Wakhri Ah Taur (SWAT) and Bhangra Punjabian Da (BPD) in a group photo after the Bhangra Dance Off 2015 held at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak, Malaysia, on 5 Dec 2015.

By Kirat Kaur

A newly-formed competitive bhangra team in Singapore has clinched first prize in the inaugural Bhangra Dance Off 2015 held at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak, Malaysia, on 5 Dec 2015.

The open bhangra competition attracted teams from Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.
The Singapore winners call themselves Sadi Wakhri Ah Taur (SWAT), and this was their introductory competitive performance.

SWAT’s goal is to serve as a unified team for dancers across various bhangra troupes in Singapore, and those who have previously been unaffiliated, to represent the country in the international competitive bhangra scene.

It does not plan to perform at weddings or other regular events, but instead, will focus on honing the art of the traditional Punjabi folk dance to pit itself against rival teams in the now-blossoming international competitive field.

SWAT had also performed at a recent dinner function by the Sikh community with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the guest of honour.

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Of the recent victory, SWAT team member Gursimran Singh said: “The kick you get out of doing competitive bhangra is indescribable, and we hope those interested in joining SWAT can feel what it is like to be part of this amazing family and the wonderful experience we have had.”

With this initial win under its belt, the team has now penned an open letter to the Singapore bhangra community calling for anyone interested to get involved.

The letter states: “We believe each team in Singapore brings its own set of strengths and by working together, we can bring the best of what Singapore Bhangra has to offer.”
This marks the first time in Singapore bhangra history that any group has made such a call for consolidation.

SWAT is now working towards participating in the Bhangra Down Under IV competition, to be held in September 2016 in Australia.

While the initial team consisted of dancers from Kohinoor, Joshiley and SherePunjab, as well as individual dancers, SWAT is looking to expand and welcomes anyone with an interest and commitment to the craft. The team believes the diverse dance styles of its members will hold it in good stead when preparing performance pieces for the competitive stage.

Anyone interested can attend a meeting on 10 Jan, from 1-3pm, at Level 4, Central Sikh Gurdwara Singapore (CST).

Sadi Wakhri Ah Taur (SWAT): The new bhangra force in Singapore
Sadi Wakhri Ah Taur (SWAT): The new bhangra force in Singapore

To find out more about SWAT and read the open letter, go here: https://www.facebook.com/SWATbhangra
https://www.instagram.com/swat_sg/

To watch all the competing performances at Bhangra Dance Off 2015, visit their Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/bhangradanceoff/

 

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