Choreographers Remo D’Souza and Shiamak Davar may have taught the likes of Shah Rukh Khan to groove, but some of their favourite dancers might never even enter a cinema hall.
Differently abled kids from the ADAPT society, formerly known as the Spastics Society Of India, are going to make their mentors proud with a dance performance at their annual event today.
“I’ve been working with these kids since I first came to Mumbai, and I think it was good ‘karma’ for me,” says D’Souza, who is also awaiting the release of his first feature film, F.A.L.T.U, next week. “I love teaching these kids because I feel nobody else cares for them.”
Dhruvin Kothari, choreographer from the Shiamak Victory Arts Foundation, who has personally taught the kids says, “Shiamak’s motto is to spread love and joy among the underprivileged. Some of these kids are in wheelchairs and many of them are autistic, but they love dancing.”
Kothari and D’Souza explain the difficulties involved in working with differently-abled kids, making performances like these no easy feat.
“They get so excited to see me, but since they have limited control over their bodies, you might get slaps instead of hugs,” explains D’Souza.
Kothari explains that they don’t focus on perfecting their steps as much as on getting the kids to feel comfortable with the routine. Another challenge is selecting the music, which needs to be done carefully because the kids might have adverse reactions to some sounds.
“But they love Bollywood music, because they are familiar with it,” adds Kothari. “Since Usha Uthup is the chief guest tomorrow, we have planned a mix of songs dedicated to her. Our Bollywood tribute number is based on her song Darling... from 7 Khoon Maaf.”