Born to dance
In India dance forms an integral part of our culture. The best example would be our cinema, also famously known as 'Bollywood'. Our movies are just so inseparable from songs and dance that for a movie to be a hit, its music has to rock the charts.
To be even more specific I am from North Western part of India - Punjab (the land of five rivers). Though Punjabi's are martial race and also die hard foodies but our lives would be incomplete without dance, our expression for happiness.
Our folk dance is called 'Bhangra'. Colorful dresses, beautifully tied turbans, bright faces, broad smiles, impulsive beats of the drums, energetic and fierce moves of the dancers
(both men and women alike) are just a few words to describe our dance. It originated as the celebration to mark the end of harvest season. The vigor and zeal in the dance states the pride of belonging to the land and abundance of the crop.
The bhangra gained popularity with the migration of the Punjabi diaspora to the West. The bhangra music has topped the UK charts several times. It has amassed its international appeal mostly from the fusion with hip-hop and pop music. Even America has seen many bhangra performers impressing the judges of the popular show 'America's Got Talent'.
Punjabi weddings like any other Indian weddings start 3-4 days in advance but the most awaited function is the dance night or as they say the cocktail party where there are 3D's: drinks, DJ and dance. The whole family and friends dance on the beats of bhangra music and celebrations continue till the wee hours of the morning.
Once a colleague from Southern state of India who happened to attend a Punjabi wedding asked "Though I enjoyed 'balle balle' (common expression of joy used in Punjabi songs) but isn't it amusing that people from groom side danced for half an hour outside the main entrance before entering the banquet hall." I just laughed and answered, "That's the way we are - born to dance. And it's really easy, when you are delighted or in a festive mood just put your hands up in the air and move them up 'n' down. Ha Ha!!!! That's the easiest move in bhangra".