Bangra & Bagpipes – Physical Distancing Canada Style


Credit: Gurdeep Pandher

In the snowy landscape of the Yukon, two neighbours are bringing their own traditions with them and coming together to have some fun while still maintaining their physical distance. In true Canadian spirit, they are proving that winter conditions will not stop them from having good times outdoors. Built on multicultural foundations, Canada has long been a second home for the haunting music of the Scottish bagpipes and colourful tartan kilts, along with the unique steps and movements of bhangra, the Indian dance with its own background story.

The delightful video was shared by Gurdeep Pandher and Jordan Lincez. Gurdeep Pandher is a Whitehorse, Yukon based Bhangra artist, working to bring people of all backgrounds together to promote inclusivity and diversity through his dance works. Jordan Lincez, an educator and bagpipe player, is his nearest neighbour.

Scottish bagpipes apparently were introduced during World War I to Canadian troops and many Scottish chose to immigrate after the war, bringing their unique instrument with them. While normally accompanied by the hopping steps of the highland dance, this presentation instead is using the bhangra dance, which originated in Punjab and was traditionally used to celebrate the harvest season. It is considered one of India’s most energetic dances and it is easy to see why! Together, these two delightful performances give us a chance to view from the comfort of our own homes a unique and truly Canadian video – a mixture of cultures in the beautiful north of Canada.

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