I’m pretty darn sure that you can’t watch Gurdeep Pandher do his Punjabi Bhangra dance without a smile of pure delight crossing your face. Bhangra dancing was originally developed for that exact reason, to spread joy. That’s why he keeps dancing. And that’s why he’s currently engaged in a cross-Canada tour, doing all he can to spread joy from coast to coast to coast.
I’ll be honest, the first few times I watched YouTube clips on FaceBook of Gurdeep dancing or on the news, I thought he lived in Nova Scotia and this was something regional. That this lovely man was telling Nova Scotians how much he liked being there. Well, I may have been correct about the message he was trying to convey, but not that he lived there. In fact, I’ve just come to realize that he lives, of all surprising places, in a cabin in the northerly Yukon! And during the pandemic he’s been posting daily YouTube videos of himself doing Bhangra dancing outside his remote cabin (in some extremely cold weather!), in an effort to spread joy, hope, and positivity. Joy and positivity can have no better ambassador.
Gurdeep Pandher dancing at Inverness, Cape Breton, right near where my husband’s parents lived in retirement. Joy abounds.
As I said, he has now moved from spreading joy by video and the Internet to undertaking an in-person cross-Canada tour, hoping to bring joy, hope and diversity to even more people. He acquired a van, equipped it with solar panels and a bed, and hit the road. Surely there can be no more welcome activity than watching someone perform a dance of joy, or even better, joining in yourself. Especially in beautiful locations throughout Canada. And he’s been finding many beautiful and varied dance spots.
I know many of you don’t always take the time to click on links on blog posts, especially video links. But I strongly encourage you to check out at least one of these samples, so you can see why he is so effective with his message of joy. [Click on the image to view each short video. The ad doesn’t last long!]
- The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Gurdeep Pandher joined forces to spread joy and inclusivity through Bhangra dancing.
- Just before Christmas 2021, Katharine Smart, a children’s doctor in the Yukon and also president of the Canadian Medical Association, visited Gurdeep’s cabin in the wilderness. They drank tea and danced Bhangra for joy, hope and positivity.
- Gurdeep Pandher’s has danced in many cross-cultural settings, including with Indigenous peoples in whose territory he lives in the Yukon. This video of him dancing at Peggys Cove in Nova Scotia with Scottish bagpipes playing is yet another example of his embrace of multiculturalism.
If you’re intrigued by this simple path towards joy, hope, and positivity (and great exercise), you can find lots of Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon videos online that teach you how to do the steps!