As a community, we strive to embrace all individuals of various ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexualities. We believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect. This series of spotlights focuses on social justice pieces, so that everyone feels welcomed and supported.
Learn Bhangra, a dance and fitness company, was founded by Lavesh Pritmani and Sandeep Madhas in 2014. Ustaad Gurinderbir Chahal inspired and introduced Lavesh to the beautiful art of folk Bhangra. His ability to teach the technique, in a way that corresponded with everyday life, was incredible. Lavesh wanted to share the knowledge that was imparted on him, with the rest of the world, since no other resource existed at that time. Now, Learn Bhangra has expanded to include workshops, choreography, instructor certifications, and more!
Blacksburg Ki Badmaashi (BKB) is an intercollegiate dance competition that focuses on three Indian dance categories: Bhangra, Fusion, and Raas. In April 2018, members of VT Bhangra, VT Junoon, and VT Dhamaal had a mutual desire to spread South Asian culture and their passion for dance while bringing together the three dance styles. The BKB Executive Board wants to foster a fun and friendly environment where teams can come showcase their hard work and love for dance, while providing an exciting competition. The competition is set to take place on February 23, 2019 in Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
~Be Part of the Trilogy~
Siddarth Kelam, graduate of Georgia State University and SAE Institute of Technology, previously interned at the prestigious Bravo Ocean Studios, where he later became the studio manager. Soon after, he parted ways and started his own company “Sidd Kel Productions.” He currently produces music, consults with independent artists, and works as an audio engineer. He is also the Artistic Director of Kalaivani Dance Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
Arshdeep Singh Dhaliwal, a senior at Marquette University in Wisconsin, is currently double majoring in Finance and IT and is considering a minor in Biomedical Sciences. Upon graduation, he is planning on working full-time. As of the moment, he has a Finance based internship at Northwestern Mutual and has been offered a full-time position there. However, Arshdeep is looking to keep his options open, in order to explore opportunities where he can utilize his other degree.