"This achievement is a landmark for traditional Bhangra Dance"
The Gabhru Panjab De Bhangra group won four awards at The Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in Wales. The group competed against ten other groups at the festival which took place from July 5 to July 10, 2016.
Gabhru Panjab De’s Choreographer Aki Sandhu said: “We were overwhelmed when we won. We were up against some amazing talent but the teams have done us proud having worked so hard.
“We are particularly proud of our juniors’ team who performed spectacularly on the day.”
One award wasn’t enough for Gabhru Panjab De though, as they secured an oustanding three more.
They won a spectacular first place for the Children’s Folk Dance Competition, second place for the Traditional Folk Dance Group competition, and third for Dancing in the Street.
Bindi Sandhu, founder of GPD said:
“This achievement is a landmark for traditional Bhangra Dance. I was so impressed by the hard work and commitment by GPD put in for this distinguished international dance competition. This is a proud moment not just for Gabhru Panjab De, but for the global Bhangra Dance Industry.”
Gabhru Panjab De are Europe’s multi-award winning Bhangra Dance Group.
They have had a huge contribution in the entertainment industry achieveing awards including Brit Asia World Music Awards 2015 and UK Bhangra Awards two years running 2014 and 2015.
They also won the International Bhangra Dance competition in Toronto, Canada in 2001!
It was a great festival for Bhangra dancing as another UK group also performed well.
The Sheerer Punjab Dance Group, from Nottingham, held third place in the Traditional Folk Competition. Only coming behind GPD and category winners, Gema Citra Nusantara from Indonesia.
The Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd is a renowned festival comprising of competitors from around the world.
Nations come together to celebrate their music, dance and culture, with competitors describing it as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.
The festival surely holds a special place in the world’s musical calendar!