A PROJECT looking at the history and impact of Bhangra dancing has won the Lottery.
The Kirklees community group Virsa has received £30,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project, Bhangra Renaissance.
Led by volunteers from the local community across Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the project focuses on the origins of the dance form of Bhangra and its impact on the identity and shared heritage of participants in the region.
Virsa is a community group made up of young professionals and volunteers from the community who aim to research, practice and celebrate the heritage of South Asian Arts in Kirklees.
They will work with a range of services from the museums and libraries to the sports development teams and local schools and colleges as well as the University of Huddersfield.
They aim to strengthen the understanding and the preservation of memories based around Bhangra, a folk dance from the Indian Sub-continent.
The project will also be an opportunity to develop new bonds, understanding and fellowships with members of the wider community.
Ranjit Uppal, of Virsa, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will provide a valuable intergenerational experience for participants and the wider community of Kirklees, as well as preserve the memories of the rich cultural heritage of Bhangra.”
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Bhangra music and dance features heavily in the heritage of communities that have migrated from South Asia to Kirklees in the last 50 years.
“This project will enable volunteers to learn new skills to uncover and celebrate the art of Bhangra, bringing together different generations to learn about this unique heritage.”
Contact the group on 07944 536835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org