A collection of evidence that Punjabi music has been so strongly influenced from Persia, that it is Iran that is likely the origin of today’s Punjabi music (not the region of Punjab).

Context video

This video is useful to compare and contrast with the other videos on this page. This is what many of us in the Punjabi diaspora, Indian culture and others around the world. recognise as being “traditional bhangra”.

Welcome to Afghanistan

This video provides an uncanny resemblance to the Punjabi context video, but there is remarkable similarities.

Welcome to Iran

Listen to the wear the traditional instruments are played. This is Persian, not Indian, in origin.

Welcome to Lebanon

Although this video is shot in Australia, the ethnicity of the people at the event is Lebanese. The way the bride and groom are serenaded by drummers is incredibly similar to how Punjabi weddings are serenaded.