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Earlier this week, East met West on the streets of Mumbai. The event, which was highlighted by various dance performances, saw a vibrant bunch of youngsters dance to each other's talents.

art and culture Updated: Jun 26, 2010 14:53 IST
Chandni Shah

Earlier this week, East met West on the streets of Mumbai. The event, which was highlighted by various dance performances, saw a vibrant bunch of youngsters dance to each other's talents.

Ekta Chowdhary, Miss India Universe 2009 and a trained classical dancer, b-boys Simon and Rupesh Nair and beatboxer Avinash Tiwary took centrestage.

Youth centric
The event, that hoped to highlight the concept of street culture in the city, gave the youth a platform to showcase their cultural diversity. So, in the last one-week, Mumbai streets experienced a classical dancer, b-boys, beatboxers, a football fan and his freestyle moves and Capoeira dancers moving to the beats of African music.

RJ Archana, from 91 FM was thrilled to witness the excitement of one of their acts at Bandra: “An artistic city like Mumbai needs more such events. It brings art to the streets, just like London. But as an audience, we are not supportive enough. Yet, it is nice to see people come out on the streets for such events.”

Best so far
This bunch of artistes unanimously feel that their acts at Carter Road in Bandra and Jai Hind College in Chruchgate have been their best so far, but the entire event, Red Bull Free Streets, has been pure fun. “While performing at Fashion Street, the shopkeepers brought in more crowd by shouting out 'Free show! Free show!” says Tiwary, who is currently graduating from MMK College.

“The most rewarding experience was the workshop held at SPJ Sadhana School where we interacted with special children. We were amazed to see some pulling off cartwheels,” says Nair.