Bhangra At The Olympics!
The 30th Olympic Games came to an end with an amazing mix of music, culture, dazzling fireworks and the odd human cannonball! If you were watching the closing ceremony like I was, you may have been surprised to see some much needed desi flavor to the closing ceremony.
Virsa Punjab Entertainments (VP Ents) added color to the event with their gorgeous costumes and performed alongside the comedian and Monty Python legend, Eric Idle, much to the delight of the stadium audience as well as millions across the globe watching on television.
London based Gurdeep, also one half of the newly formed duo Gin & Rees manages, coaches and performs with VP Ents. The Bhangra and Dhol outfit have enjoyed the privilege of performing at some of the most prestigious events across the UK as well as internationally: London’s V&A Museum and at the World Sikh Awards to Channel 4’s Paul ‘O Grady Show, various music videos and Bollywood movies.
“It was probably the most exciting thing we’ve ever done or will do. To be chosen to perform at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics is an indescribable feeling. We have been inundated with messages from people all over the world. We’re all so proud.”
We were just as proud watching our desi culture being shared on such an important platform. The track the group performed to was ‘Olympic Bhangra’ that was created by the team themselves and has become a much sought after track after their impressive TV appearance.