C O M M I T T E E
The World Class Bhangra committee is characterised by talented, experienced bhangra dancers, all working towards creating a competition experience like no other.
JUDGES LIASON LEAD
Meet Zara Zaman, the President of World Class Bhangra. Zara’s passion for bhangra was first kindled in 2017 after competing in The Bhangra Showdown alongside fellow students at City, University of London. She has since competed in a further 3 bhangra competitions and is the former captain for Lok Nach Bhangra, a UK based professional bhangra team. Zara spends her days (and nights) working as a Registered Nurse for the NHS, She also has a keen interest in national politics and is a former Member of Youth Parliament for the British Youth Council.
MIXER AND TECHNICAL LEAD
Meet Amar Kalsi, the official World Class Bhangra Mixer and Technical Lead. Amar first began creating mixes in 2016 after having danced for Imperial College University in the same year. His portfolio includes Imperial College 2017, 2018 and Ankhi Jawan Girls 2018, as well as recent works under the name of Immortal Sounds. Amar is also a former TBS committee member and has helped to run the competition backstage for the Past 3 years. Currently, he is working in the field of Computer Vision and Robotics.
Meet Vik Kainth, the World Class Bhangra Creative Lead. Vik is a digital illustrator, best known for unique artwork featuring maharanis, maharajas and celebrity figures. His artwork has recently been featured by The Times Of India
newspaper, the BBC, Naomi Campbell’s ‘Fashion For Relief’ Project and in screen artwork for Gurdas Manns official UK tour in 2019. Vik is also a professional dhol player. He regularly plays for the renowned Imperial Drummers, who have been featured in Big Narstie’s late night music show and Aladdin 2019. His previous bhangra dance appearances are with BPD in 2014, LNBPD in 2015 and BFD in 2016.
JUDGES LIAISON LEAD
Meet Karishma Riar, World Class Bhangra’s Judges Liasion Lead. Karishma’s enthusiasm for Bhangra first stems from being actively involved in Dhol Di Awaz’s competition committee, based in California, till its penultimate year in 2013. She has since competed with the original Marhak Punjaban Di Giddha team in the US, and following her move to the UK, trained with professional bhangra teams Ankhile Girls and Dance Bhangra. Karishma currently works in Research and Insights for a consumer and sensory research consultancy, while being a keen runner and regularly training for marathon events.
EVENTS & HOSPITALITY LEAD
Meet Sonika Sethi, our Events & Hospitality Lead. Sonika’s love for bhangra sparked in 2015 with her university team Imperial College, and since then has competed in 5 competitions and been involved in organising The Bhangra Showdown 2016. She has captained Bhangra Punjabian Da 2018 and Imperial Royal Holloway 2022, and taught several classes including with Punjabi Folk Arts Academy. She is also a writer and presenter for DesiBlitz.com, an award winning online Asian magazine. Sonika has been involved in covering high profile events such as the IIFA awards, London Fashion Week & Bollywood press conferences. Sonika is an internal medicine doctor working in the West Midlands with an interest in gut & COVID research.