HARJEET KAUR ALLAGH
Young aspirants gambol not just for glory in reality shows. It is also to boogie away their blues, says Harjeet Kaur Allagh
Dance, for ages, has been an art that may tell a story, set a mood or express an emotion. But the fact that it would sweep a generation off its feet was barely foreseen. People across the globe seem to be smitten by the dance bug and Indians are no exception. Cashing in on the glitz and glam associated with the dancing obsession of the aam junta, television channels have been working overtime to design and dish out dance-based reality shows like dhee, challenge and aata or dance India dance, Jhalak dikhla ja, nach baliye, zara bach ke dikha or say shava shava.
A reality show is the buzzword today, as it provides a perfect platform to millions of aspirants to see their dreams coming true. The viewers easily relate to the participants and this makes the shows more meaningful than any tearjerker. Criticism, favours, arguments and awards are publicly viewed and help garner high TRPs.
But performing in a reality show is no cake walk. The audience watches only the end product unaware of the amount of sweat that goes into the success of the show. “I am trying hard by rehearsing day and night for the second round of auditions,” says an exhausted Priyanka. The grit and determination of the aspirants to make it to the top and an unstinted support of parents makes the effort worthwhile.
“I was always a topper in school and college and wanted to be a civil servant. But then Dance India Dance came along. Now that I have won it, there's no looking back,” revealed Shakti Mohan, the newly crowned winner of Dance India Dance 2.
The best thing that these shows do is to bring to the fore the hidden untapped talent of the Youngistan across the country. From classical to contemporary, the rumba and samba, salsa to rock n roll, hip hop to locking and popping, you name it and the participants are adept at it. Young kids seem to be learning the art even before they can walk and these nimble-footed dancers touch millions of hearts across the nation. One of the participants, 10-year-old Tara's innocence came to the fore when she said she loves to dance on stage as it gives her a chance to wear funky, flashy and fabulous costumes.
“My daughter is talented. She dances gracefully. I don't see anything wrong in her participating in a dance competition,” says Ganesh, a banker.
No sacrifice is too big to walk the marquee as a celebrity with all the trappings of wealth and status.
Ballet, acrobatics, shadow dancing and mid-air dancing involve lots of risk, dare devilry and courage but nothing seems to be a deterrent to the twinkle toed dancers who will not let anything jeopardize their breathtaking performance. The ultimate goal is money, fame and the coveted prize which seems so much within reach.
Choreographers are having a ball as they are much in demand these days. Weddings or any other celebrations are incomplete until the family members shake a leg. Choreographers are invited to teach dance steps to even those who have two left feet. Going with the flow, young and old alike have taken to the trend of putting on their dancing shoes and going gaga over their new-found obsession.