India is home to many dance forms — ranging from the centuries-old to the modern-day Bollywood-style — and this reflects in our movies with their distinctive song-and-dance routines. However, there isn’t a special day dedicated to dance, feels choreographer-director Remo D’Souza. He is now going to file a petition with the Ministry of Culture and garner support for dance schools and choreographers from Bollywood, and elsewhere, to start a National Dance Day.
Remo says, “Everyone loves to dance, so when the rest of the world has a Dance Day to celebrate the art, why not us? We celebrate all kinds of days in India, and in a country which loves shaking a leg and has so many dance forms, it’s disappointing not to have one for it.”
Remo feels that if dying art forms, including folk dances, get one day a year to be showcased, that will create awareness about them.
“When youngsters see a dance form, they get inspired and want to learn it. That’s what I am hoping celebrating dance on one particular day will achieve. This is a huge process and won’t happen in one day as it has to become a movement,” he says. Remo will meet and request ministry officials to allocate a special day for dance.
“I have the support of many choreographers and dancers from Bollywood and have contacted many dance schools in India. We will write a letter to urge the government to mark one day as National Dance Day,” he says. “I would love to be the brand ambassador for dance as it’s in my blood, my passion.”