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Getting Their Bhangra On at the White House: Two Broncos Led a Punjabi Bhangra Dance Group to Give a "Once in a Lifetime" Performance
Two SCU Broncos were part of history last month: Bringing the traditional Punjabi folk dance called Bhangra to the White House, on the occasion of the first state dinner given by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Michelle Puneet Gill, ’05, and Omer Mirza, currently an MBA candidate at the Leavey School of Business, were among the 13 members of the group Bay Area Bhangra Empire providing entertainment for the Nov. 24 dinner for India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.
Their gig came after a surprise, whirlwind invitation from the Office of the First Lady. The team, in scarlet red and pistachio green costumes, took the stage in a vaulted, elegant tent around 9:30 p.m., performing their high-energy routine with 10 dancers, two cymbal players and a drummer. Read more.