The Invocation is performed in the classical South Indian style of dance called Bharatanatyam. It incorporates precise footwork, facial expressions, and hand gestures in order to tell a story. We offer flowers and a prayer to Lord Ganesh through this dance and ask for all obstacles to be removed from the progression of the rest of the show.
Classical Fusion is a blend of western dance and the art form of Bharatanatyam originating from South India. One of the eight classical dances of India, Bharatanatyam is known for its sharp, crisp footwork and expressive storytelling. Our dance for Rangila is a modern take on a traditional practice focused on rhythm, expression and energy. A modern take on this ancient art-form is reinforced through the use of elements of hip-hop spun into a variety of sections in our dance, including a classical vs. hip-hop call and response. Additionally, we infuse classical movements and footwork into popular hits from the top 100.
Garba is a dance style originating from Gujarat, India, and is often recognized by its beautiful, high-energy movements in circles. It is performed during Navaratri, a nine-day Hindu festival that honors goddesses and womanhood. This year’s Garba takes the celebration of women to heart by fusing the grace and elegance of traditional steps with the power and confidence of modern styles.
Raas is an energetic style of dance that originated in Gujarat, a region in western India. The dance itself is meant to be representative of the battle between, and eventual victory of, the Hindu goddess Durga over the demon-king Mahishasura. Raas generally takes place as a part of the Navratri festival, which is celebrated each fall in honor of the goddess Durga. Our performance fuses traditional and modern choreography and music to evoke the battle that underpins Raas religiously and culturally, beginning with a call to battle and competing voices until it resolves into a celebration of the goddess’ victory and a feeling of hope for the future.
Old School Bollywood
Old School is all about kicking it - you guessed it - old school! Featuring almost entirely songs released before 2007, Old School takes you back in time to all of your favorite classic Bollywood films. The dance itself exhibits both traditional and contemporary South Asian steps as performers dance to some of the most iconic choreography of the past few decades. Beginning in the 1960's and ending with the present day, the dance will give you a taste of Bollywood like you've never seen before.
This dance is inspired by folk cultures from the northern part of the subcontinent. From the instrumentation of the music to the dialect of the lyrics as well as the style of choreography, it features influences from multiple regions of India and Pakistan, including Rajasthan (ghoomar), Maharashtra (lavani), Gujarat (garba), and Punjab (bhangra), as well as Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. Also listen for the fusion with some all-time classics from the American jukebox!
Disco Fusion is an upbeat blend of traditional American Disco music, originating in New York City in the early 1970s and 1980s, and Indian Disco music, which was popularized by several Hindi-language Bollywood films in the 1980s. The style is characterized by exaggerated movement and a rhythmic beat – along with some fun hip thrusts and groove! We’ve taken inspiration from everyone including John Travolta to Mithun Chakraborty, and we’re so excited to bring this unique fusion of songs, dances, and cultures to the Rangila stage.
Our Fusion dance fuses a different cultural dance from the globe with all types of South Asian dance. Our fusion dance changes every year.
Bhangra is a traditional dance from the Indian subcontinent originating in the Majha region of Punjab. Because Punjab is the breadbasket of South Asia, many bhangra dance moves are inspired by everyday farming activities. Typically, bhangra is accompanied by a live singer and a variety of folk instruments, most notably the dhol, tumbi and dhad. Nowadays, modern bhangra incorporates more western inspired beats and tunes, resulting in an increase in the popularity of bhangra music in the West. Today, bhangra performances can be found from Auckland to San Francisco with many famous participants, most notably Justin Trudeau.
Salsa Masala is a fusion co-ed dance that derives its inspiration from Latin dances such as Salsa and Bachata which originated from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, respectively, and Bollywood dance. Also incorporated are aspects of Bhangra from the Punjab region of India and Reggaeton which originated in Puerto Rico. Our dancers have been working hard all semester and they're excited to show off their newfound fusion dance skills!
Southern Suvai is a new dance this year aimed at showcasing the different dance styles and languages of South India. It incorporates the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, and their corresponding languages of Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu. The dance styles range from classical dance styles, to rhythmic folk beats, to hip hop!
Desi Beat strives to showcase Hip Hop through a South Asian lens and demonstrate solidarity between Black and Desi communities through dance. Hip Hop originated as an artistic movement rooted in Afrocentricism and celebrates the lived experiences of marginalized groups, specifically the Black community. The evolution of Desi Hip Hop in the slums of South Asia as a means of artistic expression is reminiscent of Hip Hop’s South Bronx origins.
Shandaar, meaning “spectacular” in Hindi, is a culmination of the Rangila experience for all seniors who have participated in Rangila before. The performance incorporates all of the genres displayed throughout the show in a seamless fusion to showcase the creative energy and cultural diversity of Rangila. Shandaar emphasizes the excitement of bringing together such a large part of the Georgetown community to celebrate the beauty of dance.
This is our final farewell to a cherished tradition that celebrates the friendships and memories from years past.
A collaboration from seniors who have taken on leadership roles in Rangila in the past, Senior Independent incorporates short pieces of each genre showcased at Rangila. The dance brings together the talent and cultural knowledge of twenty-five individuals to create a cohesive piece with choreography from various regions in India fused with elements from Western dance.
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