Bhujhangy Group

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Bhujhangy Group are the world's longest-running bhangra band.[1] The group was founded in Smethwick, near Birmingham, England, in 1967 by brothers Dalbir Singh Khanpur and Balbir Singh Khanpur, who had come to the United Kingdom to in the mid 1950s and been joined by their families in 1964, initially working as labourers in the West Midlands' factories.[2] They were named Bhujhangy – meaning "kids" – as they were still teenagers, and their first recording was "Teri Chithi Noon Parthan", a 7" EP recorded in 1967 and distributed manually in pub juke boxes before being officially recorded and distributed in late 1969.[2]

Bhujhangy appeared on television in 1969 as part of the celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj 500th birthday - and the same year approached Oriental Star Agencies with a view to making further recordings.[3] The group had always been interested in western music as well as traditional Punjabi music, learning to play the guitar, banjo and accordion as well as the dhol, tumbi and dholak.[2] Their music gradually incorporated wider influences including modern western rhythms and sounds from Hindi-speaking Bollywood culture.[3] Their early 1970 single "Bhabiye Akh Larr Gayee" was the first recording to combine traditional Asian sounds with modern western musical instruments and influences,[4] a momentous step in the development of bhangra.[5]

Bhujhangy received an award from the House of Commons of the United Kingdom for Punjabi cultural and Bhangra music in 2009[citation needed] and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Brit Asia TV Music Awards in 2011.[6]

Balbir Bhujhangy Appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the pioneer of Bhangra music in the UK since 1967 and continues to perform in 2021 and has released over 50 albums to date.[citation needed]

Balbir was in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2019 for the continuously singing for over 50 years.[citation needed]

He started the band with his brother and a few friends that stayed together for 12 years until splitting in 1979. Many musicians joined and left but Balbir Singh continued his work for further 45 years as Bhujhangy and still owns the name 'Bhujhangy' and 'Bhujhangy Group' under copyright laws 2021.


  1. ^ Folkard, Claire, ed. (2004), Guinness World Records 2005, Enfield: Guinness World Records, p. 199, ISBN 0851121926
  2. ^ a b c Still Going Strong with Bhujhangy..., Bhangra Squad, archived from the original on 6 February 2015, retrieved 16 June 2013
  3. ^ a b Farooq, Aisha (21 April 2013), "Muhammad Ayub ~ Founder of Oriental Star Agencies", DESIblitz, retrieved 16 June 2013
  4. ^ Zahir, Samina (2013), "Oriental Star Agencies", in Donnell, Alison (ed.), Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture, London: Routledge, p. 239, ISBN 1134700245, retrieved 15 June 2013
  5. ^ Osa History, Oriental Star Agencies, archived from the original on 23 March 2014, retrieved 16 September 2013
  6. ^ "Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2011 "AND THE WINNERS ARE..."". 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2020.