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We’re inspired by the authentic pronunciation of Bhangra. In Punjab, which spans part of Pakistan and India, Bhangra is not pronounced as ‘bhan-grah’. It is pronounced ‘p-hun-grah’.
We decided to use this name for our group exercise to Punjabi music fitness class. We hold classes, produce instructional videos and provide our services at events. All with the purpose of getting people exercising/moving.
In the same way that Salsa, hip-hop, soca, samba, merengue and mambo is mixed together to form the brand Zumba. Zumba is really class that incorporates multiple styles and is a very catchy brand name. In our Pungra class, we use a number of styles such as Bhangra, Giddha, Jhumar as well as standard exercise to music steps such as step touch, grapevine, v-step, box-step and more. The common thread is that the music we use is in the Punjabi language. We hope you agree that Pungra is also a catchy name.
We have two types of classes, regular and ad-hoc.
The regular classes are at Jubilee Hall Gym in Covent Garden and Virgin Active in Ilford. Those fitness centres charge the fee, £11 and £15 respectively. Both also have monthly membership fees for which Pungra classes are included.
Ad-hoc classes vary in price, from free to under £10. Our class opportunities are growing, so please keep informed about them by joining our emailing list (scroll to the bottom).
The prices in this answer are subject to change and are not the official source for the centres.
Think of the answer to these questions. Is pizza just for Italians? It Hollywood just for Americans? Is Gangnam Style just for Koreans? No, right? Pungra is enjoyed around the world and it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand Punjabi language. The music is high tempo and this means dancing to it can be high intensity.
Watch this video for further explanation.
Select play to listen to the pronunciation of Pungra (which is more popularly spelt as Bhangra, just to confuse you hey?).
Our exercise class is an amazing workout because it has many interval opportunities for intensity. It works the largest muscles which are in your legs, bottom, shoulders and back. As you become familiar with the music, you know to exercise hard when the rhythms kick in – or as we say “Pungrafy your moves!”
Another key reason, Pungra is a popular dance at many events such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, festivals and much more. In almost any event, ask the DJ to put on some Pungra (Bhangra) and many in the crowd will dance. And does anyone slow dance to Pungra? No way, they go crazy, they can’t help it.
So many people tell us, “We don’t know how to do Pungra, we just love the rhythm”. We want to see if we can help, come learn Pungra in our fitness class and then practice on any dance floor.
Pungra is very different to Bollywood, but we understand why you might think they are similar. First, many Bollywood instructors claim to be Bollywood and Bhangra instructors. But in our experience, they are great at Bollywood and just ok at Bhangra. Secondly you might see Indian music and dance as all very similar. But keep in mind that 1.2 billion people live in India, it’s best not to think of it as a country but more like a continent. If you’re familiar with Europe, think that Scottish traditions are very different to Spanish. Similarity Bollywood (which itself is a controversial title for a music, dance and movie genre) is very different to Pungra. Bollywood is often glamorous, sexy and dramatic. Pungra is definitely not sexy, glamorous or dramatic. Pungra is 100% hardcore movement.
Primarily to make Pungra a primary choice for exercisers, fitness instructors and fitness centres across the globe. We also want to reduce confusion about Pungra for teachers of Zumba, Bollywood and similar exercise classes.
Lead instructor is Ravi Sandhu. Our chairperson is Maya Gudka, Secretary is Radhika Davda. Davina Sandhu takes care of our online presence and video production. We also work with a team of assistant instructors.
We use a mixture of brand new and moderately recently songs. Why not check out our playlists?
We look forward to seeing you help raise awareness of Pungra, please buy from the store.
We collect proof about the benefits of exercise. You can see those research articles here.
We know many Bollywood and Zumba instructors who incorporate Bhangra, but when we ask where they learnt they mostly tell us “I made it up”. When we then ask, “How would you feel about learning some authentic Pungra?”, the response is “Hell yeah!, but can I be accredited for my time”? We’re working on this.
Do you take fitness seriously? Do you love Pungra (Bhangra) music? Live in or near London? Then why not talk to us about joining the Pungra movement? We’re not a performing arts team, we are a group exercise not-for-profit organisation. Interested? Make contact with Ravi Sandhu by choosing the Contact Pungra option (to the right).