Bhangra is a worldwide music and dance phenomenon! The moves, the beats, the irresistible energy have attracted folks of every background and culture. And with the fusion of Indian and Western styles becoming ever more popular, Shivani Bhagwan and Chaya Kumar were inspired to start the Bhangra Funk movement - Punjabi music and moves with a Hip Hop twist. They started teaching weekly classes in an L.A. studio, made some videos that are getting between 550,000 and 2 million views each (!!) - and created a worldwide buzz with #BHANGRAFUNK.
Texan Chaya Kumar was introduced to Bharatanatyam at the age of 10, and trained in the discipline for a decade before going on to participate in competitive dance, choreography and coaching. She moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2015.
Together, these two young, creative, and adventurous dance talents have inspired a global phenomenon we're thrilled to experience, to hear about, and to welcome to City of Bhangra 2017.