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Shiamak Davar believes that every individual with feet can dance

Confident participationStudents from the workshop performed with exuberancePhoto: Nagara Gopal
Confident participationStudents from the workshop performed with exuberancePhoto: Nagara Gopal

It’s that time of the year again when young, bubbly children; teenage enthusiasts or even those curious to try something new, give in to the rhythmic beats of Summer Funk — a workshop conducted by the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts.

Shiamak Davar, who was in the city for the SHIAMAK’s Dance Competition, believes that anyone can dance – his motto is ‘Have Feet. Will Dance’ Shiamak Davar, who has set in motion this Dance Movement, says: “I started these workshops because back in my days, there was no opportunity to learn dance. Today, I want people, especially young children, to feel good about themselves by being able to express themselves through the medium of dance. Every other ordinary dance class may not be able to provide this.” Every year, the workshop not only gives students an opportunity to learn difference dance styles but also perfects the experience of performing with the annual Summer Funk Show which has complete student participation.

So what was new about Summer Funk 2014? This year, to bring about a change in the format, the Institute has organised an intercity dance competition, instead of the regular annual programme. Students from the workshop participated as batches from the classes held in different parts of the city. The theme this year was about the interpretation of colours, but more importantly, it was the ‘Rise of the Champions’— or the confident participation of exuberant students that played a pivotal role in the event.

Besides complementing Bangalore for its weather and the people, Shiamak admits there is immense talent here. Moreover, he feels he can always expect the best from his students. On competition, Shiamak says, “I do not believe in competition and I myself do not deem myself with the ability to judge. However, this year people came up to me and asked me to try something new. More than a competitive atmosphere, I see this as an opportunity for larger numbers to perform with a fair chance.”

Master Marzi, a well-known choreographer, and also the co-judge of the event, who was present says that the Institute has not just created dancers, but also teachers who spread the joy of dancing in remote areas. The Institute aims at tapping talent from across the country and bring the same to the best platform. While admitting to the taboo and stereotypes dancers have formerly been afflicted with, Shiamak feels that dancing, with emphasis on the present, has become a viable career option.

The Shiamak Davar Institute of performing Arts wants to give people a chance to enjoy themselves.

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