For the last 2 and a half years, photographer and videographer Odell Hussey has been documenting the monthly San Francisco event called Non Stop Bhangra, and the people involved with it: Dholrhythms Dance Company (the group that I dance with), DJ Jimmy Love, and a host of other musicians, MCs and singers who have performed with us.
Bhangra (and the related dance form, Giddha) are traditional folk dance forms from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. While Bhangra music has been fused with Western popular forms since at least the 1980s, especially in the UK, Bhangra dance was relatively little known outside of South Asian communities. In the last several years, it’s become more widely recognized, especially as a competition dance form at colleges and universities.
The Non Stop Bhangra Story is the story of how Vicki Virk and Suman Raj assembled a multicultural group of women to dance a traditionally male dance form, and how, together with Jimmy Love, they’ve created one of the most popular and diverse — both culturally and age-wise — dance events in San Francisco. If you are ever in San Francisco on the second Saturday of the month, you owe it to yourself to experience it.
The Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for post-production and marketing of the documentary. We want to raise $10,000 by April 26. Everyone who supports the campaign over the $5 level will get a download link to the completed documentary.
Much like the love and energy amongst the Non Stop Bhangra collective, the goal has always been to turn more people onto this beautiful music and culture and continue to grow out the Non Stop Bhangra community. The world needs positive people bringing others together, and a massive need for us as cultures to realize how similar we are. Music has always been a vehicle for this, and video has always been a major way in spreading the message even further. Our goal is to share the love for this sound and energy, inspiring people around the world around what can be accomplished when people from all walks of life come together with a shared passion and heart.
Help us spread the love!
I can’t embed the Kickstarter pitch video (oh, WordPress…), but here’s an older video about who we are: