Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bhangra | Mystics, Music and Migration

"Bhangra: Mystics, Music and Migration explores the origins of this folk song and dance from the Panjab in South Asia and its development into part of modern British culture in the hybrid soundscape of British Bhangra and beyond.
This book originated in academic research and the Heritage-lottery funded Bhangra Renaissance project. Through ethnographic research, oral history interviews, performances, photography, story-telling and community activity it celebrates the past contribution of all those involved in Bhangra.
This ground-breaking work provides an in-depth history of the spiritualism of performance and song, and an overview of the artists involved in influencing its development, as well as contemporaries leading the way of Bhangra’s renaissance amongst the South Asian diaspora in the UK and around the world."

Collaborating with various other artists, I was invited by a wonderful friend to join this amazing project to illustrate and have my work published!
It has definitely been a very exciting project to contribute too and I consider myself very lucky to have been given this opportunity - this project also forced me to stray away and draw something different to what I usually create which was many bearded, dancing men. 

(But there are still plenty of women dancing amongst my scribbles.)
My work is featured on five pages within the book, consisting of twelve illustrations portraying the dance movements of Bhangra.