A dancer from Canada who has gone viral told Lorraine practicing Bhangra has kept him positive.
Gurdeep Pandher, from the Yukon, Canada, has gone viral after spreading joy through Bhangra, a traditional dance from India.
Speaking to Lorraine this morning, the dancer, who has shares several videos of himself dancing in Canadian fields and even on snowy days, said the dance was responsible for his positive mental attitude.
He said Bhangra helps him forget about his troubles and live in the present, and his joyful videos have caught the attentions of celebrities like Canadian-born actor Ryan Reynolds.
Viewers said Gurdeep put a smile on their faces thanks to his positivity.
Gurdeep Pandher, from the Yukon, Canada, has gone viral after spreading joy through Bhangra, a traditional dance from India. He told Lorraine Kelly how the dance kept him positive (dancing to the sound of a bagpipe in one of his videos)
The dancer, speaking via video link from Canada, old Lorraine he started sharing video of his dancing to friends, but soon noticed other people were also interested.
‘I noticed people nationally and around the world started watching them. I could see these notifications coming on my computer or phone. It started so naturally and so organically,’ Gurdeep told Lorraine.
Bhangra, which originates from Punjab, India, sees dancers execute kicks, jumps and leaps to the sound of a dhol, a double-headed drum.
While his first videos only showed Gurdeep practicing the moves alone, since he’s gone viral, other people have joined for group videos, and one clip even shows the dancer doing Bhangra to the sound of a bagpipe.
Viewers loved Gurdeep’s dancing and said the Yukon resident put a smile on their faces this morning
Come rain or shine or even heavy snow, Gurdeep has recorded videos of himself dancing Bhangra all around the Yukon.
‘I made a video with the Canadian Armed Forces, it was a collaboration together for happiness, for joy, for inclusion and diversity and people loved that video,’ Gurdeep added.
‘Happiness, joyfulness is very important,’ he said. ‘Bhangra is a dance of joy, or happiness, for people to express their happiness and their gratitude as well,’ he added.
He said Bhangra was a dance of positivity designed to make people feel that everything is alright.
Gurdeep films himself dancing all around the Yukon, regardless of the weather. He felt in love with the landscape, pictured, and the wildlife of the Yukon after moving to Canada in 2011
Lorraine said Gurdeep was one of the most contened people she’d ever met and that he looked like he was living his best life
Lorraine, who thoroughly enjoyed Gurdeep’s videos, told him he looked like the most ‘contented’ perso she’d ever met.
‘Generally you just have go that air about you that you’ve cracked it, that you got your best life,’ she told him.
The modest dancer said his good attitude was due to his dancing.
‘I feel that Bhangra is behind that,’ he said. ‘I do have my own reflection, struggles of life like everybody, but when I’m doing Bhangra, I forget everything, I’m in the present, enjoying life and reflecting positivity and I love it,’ he added.
Gurdeep came to live in Canada in 2011 and did several road trips around it to learn about his new country. He said he travelled North, South, East and West of Canada to discover all its different region, which brought him to Yukon.
He said he fell in love with the people, the open landscape and the wildlife of Yukon and decided to stay there.
He’s now been in the Yukon for ten years and still loves it.
‘Lots of people dance to be joyful and happy, it’s all about happiness,’ he said.
People said Gurdeep was ‘absolutely brilliant’ and had brightened their morning by appearing on Lorraine
The positive dancer charmed ITV viewers, who said he put a smile on their faces.
‘This wonderful man has certainly put a smile on my face. Keep going Gurdeep,’ one said.
‘What an awesome guy. That definitely cheered me up this morning,’ said another.
‘You’ve hit the big time. The dancing brings a smile to your face, what a wonderful man,’ one wrote.
‘Just watched you live on the Lorraine show Gurdeep, if only you had a regular slot every morning on TV! It made me want to dance & I could not stop smiling Thank you for transmitting your positivity and joy to us in the UK,’ said another.