SOAS University of London

Bhangra Symposium

15 September 2007, 10am - 5pm Cost - £5.00 per person
Brunei Gallery, SOAS Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Conference enquiries – or 020 7898 4915

An opportunity to debate Bhangra's cultural and political significance in the modern world. A panel of respected academics, artists and cultural activists discuss topical and contro-versial issues raised by the exhibition. This conference will be broadcast live on BBC Asian Network.

British Bhangra is a popular music form that fuses Punjabi beats and lyrics, UK pop, RnB, reggae and other World sounds. Its history in Britain dates back to the post-war period when migrants from the Punjab settled in the UK. Today Bhangra is part of the global city soundscape, of fashion and advertising, and Bollywood soundtracks. Under the surface is a history of racism, community politics and a music and cultural industry that has struggled to stake its claim in British popular culture.

This one-day symposium brings together leading international practitioners, artistes and academics who have been involved in producing and charting the story of British Bhangra music and its industry. The event will include panel presentations with Q&A as well as a roundtable discussion with all participants.


Keynote Address: Dr Rajinder Dudrah, University of Manchester

Panel 1: British Bhangra; An Historical Overview. 10.30-12.00pm

Dr Rupa Huq, Kingston University
Dr Sanjay Sharma, University of Brunel
Dr Virinder Kalra, University of Manchester
Gucharan Mall - Bhangra Historian and Director of Dhol Blasters

Lunch 12.00-1.00pm

Panel 2: British Bhangra Now. 1.00 - 3.00pm

Ninder Johal, Nachural Records, Birmingham
DJ San- j - Sanj, Xzecutive Soundz, London
Hard Kaur- Artist, Birmingham,
Bobby Friction - Desi D.N.A.
Kully Singh - BBC Asian Network Programme Co-ordinator
Boy Channa - Photographer & Journalist

Roundtable Discussion 3.30pm - 5.30pm

With panellists and Q&A from the audience
Chaired by Dr Rajinder Dudrah