Popularized in part by films set in India like “Monsoon Wedding,” the music and dance of bhangra has taken root in San Francisco. In the first half hour, we invite local bhangra practitioners to describe how the popular ancient dance form has influenced the local dance scene. This year’s San Francisco International Arts Festival features a music and dance collaboration between China and the U.S., among dozens of other performances involving artists from around the world. In the second half hour, we talk with some of the festival’s participants.
Vicki Virk, dance instructor and co-founder of Dholrhythms, an organization that teaches bhangra and holds the monthly "Non-Stop Bhangra" dance night (first half hour)
Ashveer Pal Singh, undergraduate in the department of anthropology at UC Berkeley and member of Bhangra Empire, a co-ed private team from San Jose (first half hour)
Kim Epifano, artistic director for Epiphany Productions (second half hour)
Andrew Wood, executive director of the San Francisco International Arts Festival (second half hour)
Terrie Baune, violinist with the Earplay Ensemble and player representative on the Earplay board of directors (second half hour)