@bfunk | co-founder director • choreographer • artist BRAND NEW VID 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
@bfunk | co-founder director • choreographer • artist BRAND NEW VID 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
what a crazy month! india ✈️ vancouver ✈️ next 🛑 - - - CHICAGO! teaching workshops tomorrow and thursday - limited tickets left. get yours N O W (info in bio ) 🤘🏽🤘🏽
Speechless. Thank you @instagram for the feature 💛🧡💖💜 #APAHeritageMonth
The thought of teaching at @tmillytv started as a muse that logically I knew would most likely remain just that - a nice thought. Somewhere down the line, I began to accept that there may only be so far we can push this needle due to our “circumstances” and the lack of exposure/education surrounding what we do. I began to “accept” - which was my greatest mistake. Complacency is a tricky disease, that we often feel is impressed upon us, but rather was a choice all along. And now, having received the privilege and honor of teaching at TmillyTV, I am doe-eyed again and my faith is restored that the sky is the limit and this life is what you make of it, not what it makes of you. And what a perfect way to do it, reviving this old classic! 😎😎 To top it all off, we will be teaching there AGAIN, next Wednesday at 8 PM! Don’t miss out - - it’s gonna be a VIBE! (Full class video LINK IN BIO ) - - Choreo: @shivanibhagwan @chayakumar Music: @misspooja @djvandan Filmed by: @justjaimarshoots @tmillytv Round ✌️ this Wednesday at 8 PM at @tmillytv - this time we bringing some #BOLLYFUNK
Hi, #FunkFam! We are excited to share this brand new commercial we made with Toyota for the greater than ever 2020 Corolla. Go check it out here! @Toyota #Corolla #LetsGoPlaces #ad
To the medium that’s given me companionship, purpose, salvation, understanding, confidence, relief, discipline, courage, reasoning, passion, an outlet, a voice - Happy International Dance Day. You’ve never failed me, and I will strive to never fail you.
Wedding season? Nuff said. Check out Sangeet Series Vol. 1 for some choreo inspo for your big day!! (LINK IN BIO ) - - Huge thank you to @manshaaobsession for providing the beautiful outfits and to @nfpevents for the exquisite decor!! 💄: @makeupbysaniaa 🎥: @directedbyJon - - - Dancers: @chayakumar @shivanibhagwan @richatheshuk @shayyswagga @gaganpreet93 @iman1013 @crazysowmz @kaizersayani @djaamir7 @junior_jethu @shlokpunjabi @akaashyadav @nehal who @adi_bilagi @therashmirustagi
IT’S GAME TIME BABY 👊🏽👊🏽 #BFunkBattles have begun. LINK IN BIO 🚀🚀 - - - - - Choreo: @chayakumar @shivanibhagwan @bfunk Dancers: @manmeet_kaur @hasina_kaur s/o and big thank to you my girls for performing this one with me and WRECKING IT 🔥🔥 Music: Talk Is Cheap x Famous @djaamir7 feat. @mannisandhu @dilrajsinghgrewal & #kanyewest Filmed by: @justjaimar @tmillytv
Lesson 2: Knowing when to be the star and how to back up a star. As South Asians, there exists few agencies of representation for industry dancers to be booked on professional jobs within their niche. In this class, we provided our students the opportunity to back up an artist, as it would be on stage. We practiced professionalism during rehearsals and set etiquette, prioritized spacing and formations, and we encouraged our students to fend for their star at all costs. Seeking such training is super important to inform the world that we are ready for opportunities like this. At the moment, you must be admitted to certain organizations/troupes that have monopolized this part of the industry, in order to gain the probability of booking a backup job. But it’s important that every individual dancer have a fighting chance to show up, audition and have their fair shot at a spot on stage. It is our hope that this venture will create a clatter and foreshadow new beginnings for South Asian dancers. Huge shoutout and thank you to @therajakumari for coming out and sharing this moment with us! Full video [LINK IN BIO] on YouTube! —————————————————————————— 💃🏽: @shivanibhagwan , @chayakumar & @therajakumari 🎥: @directedbyjon 🎞: @iamsrk @katrinakaif @anushkasharma 🎵: @bhoomitrivediofficial @therajakumari @ajayatulofficial
Lesson 1: The Soloist What a way to begin 2019! In this class, we positioned ourselves, as dancers, as the STARS ⭐️ It’s too often that we see dancers in supporting roles - an additive to the vision, or used as a means to create hype and energy without regard for them as artistic beings. We’re combined in the masses to be a sea of warm bodies, driving someone else’s needs, campaigns, dreams, etc. But what about us individually? Who are each of us individually and what are we each yearning to say through this medium we love so much? In this class, we ascended to the front of the stage - to be the opening and closing act of our own solo showcase, and man was it challenging. In this class, we were vulnerable, which of course doesn’t always come naturally. We challenged ourselves to not classify movement as “his” or “her” movement, but to be comfortable enough with our sexuality, and to know ourselves well enough, to not to attest the movement as anything beyond just movement. And we allowed ourselves to express our sensuality, which some may call provocative, but I call cathartic. We’re in a NEW AGE, and I am stoked to be a part of it! CHOREO: @shivanibhagwan @chayakumar SINGERS: @badboyshah @aseeskaurmusic
#MondayMotivation: Drown out the noise.
I • A M • U R B A N • D E S I Among the many wonderful projects I had the privilege of taking part in in 2018, there is one that holds my heart; my directorial and musical production debut in I Am Urban Desi. I was given the invigorating gift of trust. Trust that I’d deliver under any circumstance. Trust to commemorate the legends that have paved the path before us. Trust although I was way in over my head. And trust to tell stories; stories that mattered deeply to those who wished to tell them. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but undoubtedly the most rewarding and greatest learning experiences of my life. Thank you to the entire cast, crew and last but certainly not least @iammickeysingh , @jay_skilly & @djiceofficial for entrusting me with this great honor, and for allowing me to build I Am Urban Desi with you from the ground up. It took a village to bring this to life. And just to think, with simply trust, it all came to fruition - well, that’s pretty amazing.
#MondayMotivation: Forgive them for they know not.
Very humbled to share that Aitvaar has been nominated to compete in the Music Video Category at the @southasianfilmfest this Sunday! Thank you @_productofculture_ and @southasianfilmfest for this great honor. Here’s a little #bts of the shoot! Congratulations to our wonderful team and all of the other nominees!! - - - - - - - - - - Aitvaar by @thejazdhami Directed by: @chayakumar Produced by: @shivanibhagwan AD 1: @toobaditsrags AD 2: @djaamir7 DP: @negative_space Lead Boy: Sai Chhabra Lead Girl: Jia Patel Dancers: @djaamir7 @akaashyadav @alex danger37 @kamalsingh19 Choreography by: @bfunk PA: @gaganpreet93
Honored to announce that @saavn and @artist originals are the official presenters of the #WeFunk North America Tour!! With their help, we are bringing BFunk to 18 cities near you (11 more to go ). HUGE thank you to our additional sponsors, without whom this would not be possible: @bollyshake , @dilmilapp , @akashlife & @frontierheritage My gratitude to all of you is infinite. Be sure to purchase your tickets now at WeFunk.eventbrite.com!
Urban Desi is embracing our similarities and celebrating our differences. I am physically here but I long for my roots. I look east, but I breathe west. Maybe we aren’t as different as we thought. Maybe we aren’t as distant as we thought. Maybe we created that distance. Maybe it’s time we shorten that gap. WeFunk is a movement for the Urban Desi scene, that’s looking to be seen and legitimized and understood, and that people are striving to define. Urban Desi has been pinned against the backdrop of its roots and compared to what is mainstream, but not properly identified as its own entity. We fuse dance to discuss dance as dance, and eliminate labels. We fuse cultures to discuss people as people, and to knock down mental barriers inhibiting us from offering the most precious thing in the world to one other - understanding. We were born into our circumstances. We did not choose them. But you can choose how you interpret them. Stop handicapping those around you from understanding you because you fear rejection or judgment. Be proud and be unapologetically YOU, to give those around you the faith and courage to do the same. It’s time we rally. Our voices are louder TOGETHER. Our message is more cohesive as one. Join us for our WeFunk tour, beginning this August, and let’s dance for a brighter future for the South Asian arts. Let’s all, in this brief period of time, dance to the same rhythm, hear the same melody and fight for the same belief. The belief that our culture is not a token, not a check mark in the diversity checkbox, and no longer a reason to hide behind our own skin. WeFunk for our culture to not only be seen, but to be EXPERIENCED. Why do YOU funk? Photo by: @toobaditsrags Edit by: @iambrandon747
So excited to share a project that is very dear to me. @thejazdhami and @sukipadda gave @shivanibhagwan and myself the opportunity to direct and produce a music video to his amazing single, Aitvaar. And what an amazing time it was. Directing is an experience that I cherish and feel ALIVE doing. Orchestrating moving parts, creating moments from scratch and nothingness, imagining endlessly...it’s an overwhelming and exhilarating phenomenon that I am so lucky to have, when given the chance to be a part of something as wonderful as this. To all of the incredible people that made this possible, we are so thankful for you and everything you did to make this dream a reality. Blessed to have you in our lives. @thejazdhami and @sukipadda , thank you for confiding in us something so precious to you, and for believing in the dancer’s eye and ability to envision, to influence and to be a part of the process. Wishing you all the best, from our #funkfam, with your amazing new album, Pieces of Me! Aitvaar by @thejazdhami Directed by: @chayakumar Produced by: @shivanibhagwan AD 1: @toobaditsrags AD 2: @djaamir7 DP: @negative_space Lead Boy: Sai Chhabra Lead Girl: Jia Patel Dancers: @djaamir7 @akaashyadav @alex danger37 @kamalsingh19 Choreography by: @bfunk PA: @gaganpreet93 FULL LINK IN BIO!
Navarasa 3: Bhayanaka
Navarasa 2: Veera
Navarasa 1: Adbhuta It’s a rarity to find other artists invested in telling a story. I’m so thankful that London led me to these beautiful souls, whose talents are my muse and motivation. Thank you all, for challenging me. Photography: @shotsbyjai Makeup: @chevytease Styling: @khubsooratcollection
Where your 𝕊𝕎𝔸𝔾AT? It was an honor to feature #BollyFunk for the very first time at @theplaygroundla Huge thank you to @kennywormald for giving us this rewarding, memorable experience. CHOREO: @shivanibhagwan @chayakumar MIX: @djaamir7 FILMED BY: @mytypolife SINGERS: @jbalvin @nehabhasin4u @vishaldadlani1 Upload and tag us in your cover video to Swag Se Machika! —> 🔗 in bio!
𝕀ℕ𝕋ℝ𝕆𝔻𝕌ℂ𝕀ℕ𝔾 𝔹𝔽𝕌ℕ𝕂 𝔹𝔸𝕋𝕋𝕃𝔼𝕊! Tried something a little different in class this time. Check out the LINK IN MY BIO to see our FunkFam battle it out! Choreo: @chayakumar @shivanibhagwan Filmed by: @ryanparma Song: @jasminesandlas @officialgarrysandhu Feat: @keeganjhillofficial @nickfpauley Graphics by: @adom on.acid ————————————————————— This class was extremely special, as it pushed us to dance to and for each other. Stepping away from the mirror allowed us to direct our stories and movement to the dancers supporting opposite us. It gave us a chance to escape our minds, free of judgment and worry, and forced us to be in that particular moment. Something we continuously strive to do in life. Thank you so much to @nickfpauley and @keeganjhillofficial for sharing this dance with us. In a short period of time, we’ve been so lucky to not only have learned so much from you both, but to have formed a wonderful bond that we deeply cherish. We love you both! ♥️
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our NUMBER ONE from DAY ONE, @diljitdosanjh ! We love you ♥️
See how the #FunkFam rang in the new year! (LINK IN BIO ) CHOREO: @shivanibhagwan @chayakumar FILMED BY: @mytypolife EDITED BY: @alex danger37 MUSIC: : @sunanda_ss What a surreal journey we’ve had this year, all thanks to all of you! Thank you for your unconditional support, love and faith, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to do what we love most in this world. Our FunkFam has grown exponentially this year, and we hope it continues to flourish in the new year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and your families! Here’s to 2018 and all of the adventures we’ll share!!
Discuss dance as dance. Don’t categorize yourself as a particular type of dancer. Because when you begin to label, you begin to limit. Morey Piya is now live on YouTube! Link to the full video is available in my bio. CHOREO: @chayakumar @shivanibhagwan @bfunkdance FILMED BY: @mytypolife EDITED BY: @alex danger37 SINGER: @shreyaghoshal
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinions. #EliminateLabels PC: @scott sapp.photo