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Flashing their moves

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2011 00:47 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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The phenomenon of flash mob that started in New York will now be used by Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) to fight corruption. Flash mob is a group of people who suddenly assemble in a public place and perform unsual acts for a brief period and then disperse.

The DUSU flash mob will take place tomorrow at Rajiv Chowk and will consist of students and teachers of DU, who will dance to urge people to fight corruption.

Vast participation
“The flash mob dance is a pre-event activity to involve more people to participate in the annual DU marathon that will take place on February 8 this year. Since the year 2010 was rocked by corruptions and scandals, this time the message: “fight against corruption” is being spread through such an initiative,” says Dharmendar Bhandair, Sports Secretary DUSU. More than 100 students are expected to take part in this flash mob.

Come and go
Still wondering how this would happen? Here’s how: One of the many students who wish to participate, will suddenly start dancing or singing in the middle of the market. And soon, students from various colleges and societies will join this student. The flash mob will get over within ten minutes and will disperse again. To spread their message, all students will be wearing a T-shirt with a tagline: ‘I’m fighting against corruption.’ Boys will wear white T-shirts and the girls, red ones. “The T-shirts with the tagline play a very important role and all the acts will involve either modelling the T-shirt or doing dance movements that bring one’s attention to the T-shirt,” says Mohsin Raza, Marathon in-charge.

The students will also be carrying posters that will urge people to take part in the marathon. “The students will be shouting - ‘halla bol’ against corruption. In that very little time, we will talk about various consequences of corruption,” adds Raza.

Cool dancing
Societies of various colleges such as Kirori Mal, Hindu, Ramjas and Daulat Ram amongst others will participate in the flash mob. “Five or six members of our group will do hip hop dancing. This is our contribution to fight against corruption,” says Gagan, President of Hip Hop Dancing society of Kirori Mal College.

This unique concept of spreading awareness has got the students excited. “I think this is a very cool concept. I have heard and read about it but never got a chance to participate in such a thing.

I plan to be there,” says Amanpreet Singh of SGTB Khalsa College.
When: January 27
Where: Rajiv Chowk

More about flash mobs

* The first flash mob was created in Manhattan in May 2003 but was unsuccessful.
* A well known flash mob was the April 2006 silent disco in London. At various London Underground stations, people gathered with their portable music devices, and at a set time began dancing to their music.
It was reported that more than 4,000 people participated at London Victoria station.
* Worldwide Pillow Fight Day

(or International Pillow Fight Day) was a pillow fight flash mob that took place on March 22, 2008. Over 25 cities around the globe participated in the first “international flash mob”, which was the world’s largest flash mob to date.