Sacramento: An Indian-American bhangra dancing group took to stage during the halftime show in a NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
The lively dance performance amidst the professional basketball game saw 32 dancers – 16 women and 16 men in a 5-minute long stance at Oakland, California’s enormous Oracle Arena.
A video of Bhangra Empire’s dance performance has been viewed over 200,000 times in less than 24 hours since being posted on Facebook by NBA India. It has collected nearly 9,000 ‘reactions’ and been shared close to 4,000 times. The NBA is currently celebrating a series of “Bollywood nights” at basketball games across the league.
The halftime show, that was part of NBA’s “Bollywood Nights”, saw an Indian-American dance troupe groove to the fusion beats of Punjabi songs, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and of course, everyone’s favourite, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran.
Watch the performance here:
This is the seventh year in a row that Bhangra Empire has performed at a halftime show of the Golden State Warriors.
Established in 2006, Bhangra Empire is a dance troupe based in California’s Bay Area. The troupe consists of current college students as well as recent graduates who say their mission is “to bring bhangra to the mainstream, one performance at a time.”
In 2009, Bhangra Empire even performed at a White House State Dinner, hosted by then US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in honour of then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.