An Indian-origin dancer who reworked his dance courses into free Bhangracise classes on-line to assist folks keep match through the coronavirus lockdown has bagged a Points of Light honour from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Rajeev Gupta, who believes bhangra gives an “upbeat, energetic and infectious” means of exercising, started the lockdown with a mission to remain energetic and constructive by the standard Indian dance kind and went on to share that spirit by social media reside streams.
Last month, it resulted in incomes him the honour of being a Point of Light, an honour conferred each weekday by the UK prime minister to excellent volunteers and folks making a change of their neighborhood.
“Over the last few months, your online bhangra classes have brought a surge of energy to participants across the country and beyond, lifting the bodies and souls of thousands who have been staying at home during our battle against coronavirus,” stated Mr Johnson, in a private letter addressed to Mr Gupta.
“You have been a Point of Light for so many during this difficult time, and so I am delighted to be able to recognise you in this way,” he stated.
The prime minister has previously referred to his personal enjoyment of bhangra and different Indian dance kinds throughout household weddings in India when he was married to his ex-wife Marina Wheeler, who has Punjabi roots on her mom Dip Kaur’s facet.
“I feel blessed to have been in a position to have helped people during the lockdown with my Bhangracise sessions,” stated Mr Gupta.
“I’m truly grateful to get this award. I would have never thought it would have made such a powerful impact,” he stated.
Mr Gupta has run Bhangracise for over 15 years, holding common dance health courses in Manchester, Birmingham and Reading, and has additionally carried out on the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. He additionally taught skilled dancers about bhangra on BBC’s widespread “Strictly Come Dancing” present.
With lockdown shutting down bodily courses, the dance fanatic determined to submit an internet video, which attracted over 100,000 views, and he has since been working free dance exercises 3 times every week for hundreds of individuals internationally.