The 3 pictures in my banner with a quick description of each:
Bhangra Empire with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House First State Dinner
Left – First State Dinner – Yes, that is Bhangra Empire in the White House with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. No, it is not photoshopped. We had the honor of performing at President Obama’s First State Dinner on November 24th in 2009. How did all this happen you might ask? Somebody in the First Lady’s office recommended us. Yes it was an amazing experience. The crowed loved our performance. We got a meet and greet with President Obama and the First Lady. And the president even tried a couple of bhangra moves with us. My favorite thing about this picture – the clock in the top right corner telling you what time it is. Tuesday, 11:25 PM Eastern time November 24th, 2009. Check out our First State Dinner page for some more details – Bhangra Empire – First State Dinner
So over the past couple of weeks we have been going through our annual tryouts for the team. The new bhangra season begins for us very soon as Boston Bhangra is our next competition, which is in November.
Boston Bhangra has been one of the best competitions we’ve been to which is why we are returning for a 4th straight year. They do an amazing job taking care of the teams and the 3000+ crowd is amazing and sold out every year. Have a look at their site and you’ll see a familiar Empire face in the top left corner (Jackie Thind).
So back to tryouts. We are looking to bring in 6-8 new people to join Bhangra Empire. Last year, we added 8 new people so, as you can see, we have a pretty high turnover rate. This comes with the territory when you have an age group that ranges from 18 to 30. Continue reading
Posted in Bhangra, Bhangra Videos
Tagged 2011, beware of the boys, bhangra, bhangra empire, boston bhangra, dance, knight righter, mundian to bach ke, panjabi mc, punjabi, team, tryouts
I came across a video on youtube earlier of a group of dancers from India doing a dance for their school. They used parts of our Jashan 2011 performance and mix from this past May in Calgary. We don’t release our performance mixes right away so they must have ripped it from the GTV video on youtube. Anyways, it got me thinking about all the videos I’ve seen over the past few years of groups in India, the UK, Canada, Australia and all over the world doing our routines, whether it be DDA 2008, Bruin Bhangra 2009, Elite 8 2010, and now Jashan 2011. Continue reading
Posted in Bhangra, Inspiration
Tagged 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, bhangra, bruin, dance, elite, empire, flattery, imitation, india, jashan, pakistan, punjab, routine, videos, youtube
Hello World! Not too creative with my first 2 words huh? I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have even bothered deleting the first test post that WordPress sets up for you. Oh well. So to start with, lets deal with the basic questions. Who am I? Whats the point of this blog? How long will it last? Why should you read it?
To cover the boring stuff first, my name is Omer Mirza. I’m born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Both my parents are from Pakistan and I have 2 younger brothers who will remain nameless for now in case I want to refer to them in a negative way. Continue reading
Posted in About Me, Bhangra, Bhangra Videos
Tagged about me, bay area, berkeley, bhangra, bhangra empire, bhangra video, bollywood, bruin, captain, choreographer, coach, empire, india, irvine, mba, mirza, omer, pakistan, punjab, santa clara, uci