Exercise to Punjabi music (a.k.a bhangra fitness) for the fitness generation
Our mission is to guide adults to become volunteer group exercise to Punjabi music (a.k.a bhangra) instructors, to lead classes, for children and their parents, in the community.
Subscribe if you:
love (or like is enough) Punjabi music (a.k.a. bhangra),
want to learn about how to use Punjabi music to help stay fit and healthy, by exercising to it and being connected to others that care about their fitness,
are interested in knowing about classes that become available in your area,
are interested in volunteering to help teach children, adults or both; exercise more in your community.
❌ But we’re not bhangra
You’ve probably heard of bhangra, it’s world famous! However, we are not only taking a different path to ‘bhangra dancers’, we are rewriting the script.
The script for ‘bhangra dancing’ is that people use a 'North India dance style to entertain audiences’. Exercise and the fitness benefits of dancing are a bonus or an overlooked secondary benefit. This is because ‘bhangra dancing’ is a performing art.
Pungra’s script is ‘exercise to Punjabi music’. Meaning our focus is on the health of the participants, no audiences, no turbans, no cheesy grins and beards are optional. We still screw the occasional lightbulb. We are not in the performing arts sector; instead we are in the physical activities and sports sector.
“Think Pungra” challenges the status quo of how Punjabi music is used for movement, including even challenging whether bhangra is even a thing. Intrigued? Subscribe to join our journey in which you’ll learn more.
Why is exercise, physical activity and sports more important (to us, and we think for society) than performing arts?
To start, we don’t believe the world needs any more audiences sitting around staring at dancers saying “ohhh that’s a nice dance, whilst they chomp on their samosa or pakora”. The world needs people to get up out of those chairs, sofas and couches, and join in with the movement and exercise. Here are some facts for you to noodle on.
In the UK, past trends predicted that by 2030 the prevalence of obesity would rise from 26% to 41-48% in men, and from 26% to 35-43% in women. This would equate to 11 million more obese adults by 2030, 3.3 million of whom would be older than 60.
Young South Asians in the UK are 9% less active than the indigious population; and girls are almost 10% less active than boys.