Meet Harinder Pal Singh, founder of India’s 1st disabled bhangra dance troupe!
Harinder Pal Singh from Chandigarh is all about confidence, determination, and hard-work. He is 70% disabled in his left leg. But that has not stopped him from chasing his passion. It has led him to found a bhangra team, with members who are all disabled as well!
The bhangra troupe was launched in the early 90s and has been rocking the world since. The troupe has even entered the Limca Book of World Records as the first physically handicapped folk dance troupe in India.
Everyone likes to shake a leg to some good music. So did Harinder! In 1989, a bhangra troupe from Chandigarh was all set to play for an event. But they ran short of one person in the troupe.
That is when Harinder stepped in. He was rejected and mocked for his disability. However, it was not easy to get a break. Onlookers and organizers were doubtful that he would be able to put up a good show. Harinder then decided to start his own bhangra troupe with disabled people. That is how his journey began.
The troupe has performed at various countries across the globe. People from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada have looked in awe at their performances.
In 2000, Harinder Pal Singh was honoured with the National Youth Award by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. He received the award for inspiring thousands of disabled people to start dancing and move out of their wheelchairs.
After all, why should disability stop you from doing what you love!