Gabhru’s Mixed Team & Dhol Team Perform @ Leicester Tigers European Rugby Champions Cup

 

Gabhru Panjab De Dhol Players at Leicester Tigers April 2016

Gabhru Panjab De Dhol Players at Leicester Tigers April 2016

On Sunday 10 April 2016 Gabhru Panjab De (GPD) Mixed Team Dancers and Dhol Players wowed the crowds as Leicester Tigers booked their place in the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals with a 41-13 victory over the defending French champions Stade Francais.

GPD performed in front of  21,000 spectators at the Welford Road Stadium during the pre-match and half time.

This is our second appearance at the Tigers Stadium within a year.

Gabhru Panjab De Mixed Team at Leicester Tigers April 2016

Gabhru Panjab De Mixed Team at Leicester Tigers April 2016

Gabhru Panjab De Dhol Players at Leicester Tigers April 2016

Gabhru Panjab De Dhol Players at Leicester Tigers April 2016

 

‘GABHRU PANJAB DE’ ARE 28 YEARS OLD TODAY!

We would like to thank everyone who supported us over the last 28 years!

In 1988, our story started with six friends who had a passion for Bhangra music and dance and wanted to set up a Bhangra Dance Group. Soon after setting up, the team started growing with new members joining.

Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine that Gabhru Panjab De Bhangra Dancers would grow into one of the most successful Bhangra dance groups outside of India to date. Today GPD have contributed significantly to the entertainment industry in the UK and are proud to have well over 200 registered members.

Gabhru Panjab De (meaning Youth of the Panjab), are one of the leading Bhangra dance groups in the world and are considered as the ambassadors of Bhangra with numerous performances across the globe and many accolades to show for their efforts.

We are highly determined to continue our success, to improve ourselves even further and to inspire the next generation of performers. We are always training and developing ourselves individually and bringing new moves and ideas back to the table.

The very foundations of GPD have always been to develop a culture that reflects our core values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment as well as staying in touch with our culture and heritage.

Today we are proud to have over 200+ members of GPD consisting of dancers, Dhol drummers, singers and musicians from across UK. This has enabled us to establish a solid base for future generations.

Today we have four main teams: Live Team, Mixed Team, Juniors Team and a Dhol Team.

Gabhru Panjab De Bhangra Dancers are committed to maintaining the essence and origin of Bhangra dance whilst expanding the genre to broader audiences.

GPD AWARD WINNING ‘BEST DANCE GROUP’ BRIT ASIA TV WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2015

Multi award winning Bhangra Group, Gabhru Panjab De (GPD) were awarded the ‘Best Dance Group’ at the ‘Brit Asia TV World Music Awards 2015’ on Saturday 3rd October 2015, the prestigious awards ceremony was held at the Barclaycard Arena (NIA), Birmingham, UK.

This is not the first time the group from West Midlands won worldwide distinction, in 2001 they won 1st place at International Folk Bhangra Competition in Toronto and last November they won the Best Dance Group category at UK Bhangra Awards 2014.

Aki Sandhu – GPD Manager said: “We would like to thank all our friends, families and fans who have be supporting us since 1988 and look forward to their continued love and support. We have come a long way since GPD group was started back in 1988, in 2011 due to the high demand in Bhangra classes, GPD set up Gabhru Academy – a Performing Arts Academy, we run regular Classes promoting healthy lifestyle and wellbeing for kids and adults from all communities. Today we have over 200 members across the Midlands!

At Saturdays awards ceremony, GPD was awarded the Brit Asia TV World Music Awards 2015 prestigious trophy and declared the ‘Best Dance Group’ winners by Anj and Moses Baig from Sky 1’s Desi Rascals. Gabhru Panjab De was nominated for the ‘Best Dance Group’ category in August 2015 at the Brit Asia TV World Music Awards nominations event held at Aston Villa Football Ground. GPD were nominated alongside Nachda Sansaar, 4×4, Lions of Punjab and Bollyflex dance groups.

Jaz Bal CEO of Brit Asia TV commented, “I would like to congratulate all finalists within the Best Dance Group Category especially Gabhru Panjab De winners of Best Dance Group at the Brit Asia TV World Music Awards 2015, GPD have shown dedication and commitment during the past 27 years – a great achievement and worthy winner of this award – may all dance groups continue to inspire the next generation to take Bhangra and Bollywood dance forward”. 

GPD have taken Bhangra and Dhol performances all over the world at national and international festivals and events: France, Turkey, Jordan, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Ireland, UAE to name but a few.

Bindi Sandhu – GPD Chairperson said: Gabhru Panjab De are truly honored to have been voted as the Best Dance Group at this years prestigious Brit Asia TV World Music Awards. Non of this would have been possible without all the members of our GPD family – Live Team, Mixed Team, Juniors Team and Gabhru Academy. GPD want to invest in the imaginations of our young members and promote their creativity in every sphere. Music and dance bridges all cultural gaps, becoming a universal language that communicates across seemingly insurmountable barrier. I would also like to thank Jaz Bal – CEO Brit Asia TV for adding the Dance category at this year’s awards ceremony, Bhangra Dance plays an important role not only in the UK Asian culture and lifestyle, but internationally.”

There were unprecedented performances on Saturday by Gabhru Panjab De Bhangra Dancers alongside Ranjit Bawa and Dr Zeus. Brit Asia TV World Music Awards 2015 also saw some of the biggest A-list names in the Asian Music Industry this year: Ranjit Bawa, Kulwinder Billa, Dr Zeus, Zora Randawa, Aman Hayer, Imran Khan to name but a few. The event was hosted by Sunny and Shay alongside Sukhi Bart.