Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis’s seven-minute video learning to wear a Sikh turban and Bhangra dance has gone viral.
The video shows Gurdeep Pandher, a local writer, teaching the mayor the art of folding a turban before the two show off Indian dance moves.
The video, which was posted on Facebook, has already garnered more than a million views.
Pandher was born in a Punjabi village in India and moved to Canada in 2006. He became a Canadian citizen five years later.
Curtis admits he had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to meet Pandher. "I had no clue. I was out of my comfort zone, to be honest. No one with my physique is that comfortable with juggling around,” he said.
"I thought it was going to be a couple of still photos," he added.
However, to his surprise, Pandher made a video with the mayor and made him an internet sensation.
The mayor has been receiving calls and emails from across Canada, as well as the U.S., India and Japan.
"It's really surreal. I kind of wish I had more practice and knew what I was doing, now," he added.
Later, Curtis thanks Pandher for his lessons and asks him to declare Whitehorse a “diverse, wonderful and beautiful community.”
The mayor’s dancing skills got Twitter buzzing:
Pandher’s passion to promote Punjabi culture in the Yukon doesn’t end there. He was seen teaching Bhangra moves to locals as well.
However, this is not the first time we have seen Canadian officials shake a leg to Bhangra moves. Recently, Justin Trudeau’s Bhangra moves also took the internet by storm.
Trudeau was also seen rocking a traditional Indian dress, a sherwani:
The Canadian PM recently made a statement during an address saying, “Canadians understand that diversity is our strength. We know that Canada has succeeded — culturally, politically, economically — because of our diversity, not in spite of it.”
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