Before reading on… we would recommend watching the above video first which we filmed in India last week.
And now… meet the Incredible star from the footage; Bhupinder ‘Speedy’ Singh, known professionally as the ‘International turban coach’ from Punjab in India. He is multi-talented and describes himself as quite the ‘Turban enthusiast’ who wishes to showcase his unique ability to the world for tying the turban under some very unorthodox conditions… and with the purpose to promote aspects of his own personal strong Sikh religious faith and Punjabi culture.
Singh, who runs a vibrant turban tying academy in his hometown and also travels internationally to assist people at weddings, in schools and fashion events, showcased for us the art of tying any style of Turban… and at super speed too. He showcased for us whilst filming with him how he can tie the turban whilst blindfolded indoors in under 20 seconds (see video below), and if that wasn’t impressive enough he can also do the same in just over two minutes whilst driving a motorbike at a speed of 55km per hr.
That’s no hands, standing on his ‘Bullet’ brand motorbike and all whilst dodging traffic… very much like a scene from the Hollywood film ‘Fast and Furious’ with actor Vin Diesel… Bhupinder being the Indian ‘Singh Diesel’ if you like…
He told us:
“I have been practising both driving and tying a turban for many years and I do this because I am proud of my culture and this is a unique way of showing this and getting peoples attention. For me it’s no big deal, but the reaction from others is always disbelief!”
“I use six meters of rubia fabric to make the turban and I most generally tie it in a style called ‘Patialashahi style’ in limited time. Usually I take between 18 and 29 seconds to tie the turban and a little longer when I do it on my motorbike!”
When talking about some of the fashion trends from within the Punjabi communities in particular he said:
“Youngsters in Punjab and around the world these days show a keen interest in learning eye-catching ways of wearing a turban to provide a unique look. And of course, for members of the Sikh faith and many others worldwide, wearing a Turban is a key part of our identity and faith. Something I have personally noticed is that our traditional culture is being diluted and often forgotten by the new generations and so hopefully I can make a difference to this by doing what I do, in my own way!”
Bhupinder considers himself the master in the art of tying a turban in any style within a minute, and he told us:
“I am giving classes because turbans are also back in fashion, not just for those who follow Sikhism or any religious faith… and I am going to make sure they stay in fashion for a long time!!”
When we asked him about who he would love to see endorsing the beloved Turban from the world of celebrity:
“Many of my own heroes already wear the turban with great pride, such as superstar Bhangra artist Diljit Dosanjh, and I would encourage everyone to try it! But maybe Lady Gaga wearing a Turban is nice because she is someone who is known to be different. I think it would suit her and I’m happy to teach her if she can be convinced!”
It was a real fun experience interacting with the great Bhupinder, and we truly commend the pride he exudes around his vibrant culture and traditions. And we salute the alternative ‘daredevil’ manner in which he is showcasing this sentiment for the whole world to enjoy! One thing we would ask… is please be very careful!!!
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RECREATE ANY OF THE STUNTS SHOWCASED IN THIS RELEASE AS THEY ARE VERY DANGEROUS AND REQUIRE CONTROLLED CONDITIONS AND STUNT PROFESSIONALS TO BE INVOLVED.
And feel free to also check out an extended video version from our time with Mr Singh where he also provides a brief glimpse into his musical talents:
MORE ABOUT THE TURBAN:
A turban is a kind of headwear based on cloth winding. Featuring many variations, it is worn as customary headwear, usually by men but also many women. Communities with prominent turban-wearing traditions can be found in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and parts of the Swahili Coast. Turbans worn in South Asia are known as Pagri.
Wearing turbans is common among members of the Sikh communities worldwide, who refer to it as a Dastar. In certain other faith communities, the headgear also serves as a religious observance, including among many Muslims. Additionally, turbans have often been worn to show nobility, regardless of religious background. They are also sometimes donned to protect hair or as a headwrap for women following cancer treatments.
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