What is it with Punjabi Songs
that people, on listening to one, immediately raise both their hands and one leg in the air. See the two photos below taken from the Diwali Party at Amdocs. Notice the obvious difference? If not, better consult an optician.
The second one was when a Punjabi song was being played. Even the non-Indians did the same act! So, over the last few weeks, I researched lot of materials on the web and also spoke to Punjabis and non-punjabis about this strange phenomenon. I was surprised at the amount of information that turned up. So, here are the various theories and urban/rural legends that I came across from this investigation.
Punjabis were the first Indians to use deodorants. The rest of India was still backward, as in, using natural substitutes like saffron, Thulasi etc. So, this meant that their underarm always had a bad odour.So, they couldn’t raise their arms to dance. Whereas, the Punjabis, after using the deodorants, had nothing to fear and felt safe to raise both their arms.
It is a known fact now that peeing, while your bladder is about to burst, is one of the best sensations one can experience. But this was documented only in the early 19th century.The Punjabis, even as early as 3rd century AD, had domesticated the dog and were the first to do so. They had noticed that their pets, while peeing, used to raise one of its legs. The Punjabis had seen the satisfaction on the faces of their pets after they had pee’d. But, they didn’t know then , that this was because of the post-peeing satisfaction. They assumed that this pleasure was because of the fact that one leg was raised. So, they incorporated this into their traditional dances and hence it is, as we see now.
The Punjabis as such are known to have a big bottom and are prone to falling backwards when they dance. So, they raise their hands to balance themselves and also lock their one leg with the other person’s leg in the front to avoid falling backwards when they dance.
I am just done with my initial investigations and am still getting feedback from Punjabis around the world.Will post more logical reasons for this act as and when i get them.
Tags: Punjabi diwali amdocs Bhangra
Filed under: India
For my safety, prefer not to disclose/confirm this analysis in my team 😉
You are going to get some serious backlash for this article!!
As long as it increases your blog viewership right!!! All in the game! Very funny!!!
couldn’t control my laugh 🙂
i will forward this to my punjabi friends..you will get something for sure 🙂
rajarams: I don’t want that kind of traffic, which comes over, shouts at me and goes back 🙂
U know better than Punjabis 🙂
in amdocs, we believe in extensive knowledge sharing 🙂
nice blog, but from where did you come up with those facts (I never heard of them)
one thing for sure, Punjabi music is coool
I’m Punjabi and I am quite amused at this article. That was the coffee break of my day…
Let me reflect…I’m Punjabi, I did wear deodorant today, don’t own any pets with cool urinary tricks, nor do I have an abundantly-endowed posterior.
But boy, do I love my bhangra.