Gurdeep Pandher is a bhangra dance instructor from the Punjab, living in Yukon. With COVID-19, he’s become an internet sensation.
I don’t know the man but his on-screen presence is relentlessly cheery, upbeat, patient, and encouraging.
He dances, he says, to send positive thoughts out into the world and to encourage people to be happy.
“It was created by Sikh farmers a long time ago,” Pandher told Black Press. “So this dance has a lot of connection with the land because it was created on land, it’s also known as the ‘Happy Dance.’ I was born into this culture, so I’m glad to share joy through this dance.”
With his skills in dancing and teaching, both honed by decades of practice, Gurdeep makes a unique contribution. But anyone can play, even if they can’t dance. It reminds me of those tests where we had to complete a sentence: in English in Grade 2, and in French in Grade 8.
I was born into *this* culture,
so I’m glad to share joy through . . . .
The good news? On this test, any good-faith answer gets full marks.