Here is some news for those who believe that cheerleaders have invaded only urban India.A few days back, a bunch of them enthralled crowds at a village in Lucknow for a district level kabaddi– a rural sport– tournament. The organisers wanted crowds. And they got them.People from nearby villages came in droves after the news spread about the glamorous cheerleaders dancing to the tune of Bollywood hits. The crowds cheered both the cheerleaders and the players. What entertainment!
No one threw empty bottles, no one passed obscene comments — something that was witnessed in Mumbai when cheerleaders were first introduced in IPL matches. Remember Uddhav Thackeray???s suggestion to the BCCI to try some bhangra. For once Thackeray gave a constructive suggestion.
Undoubtedly, our folk dances are no less vibrant.?? I doubt if any other form of dance could match bhangra in pepping up the mood. Or for that matter the lively Chhau dance of Bihar done on a stage lit with lanterns, torches and oil lamps with ??? dhol ??? played in the background; the ???Dalkhai??? dance from Orissa, which women perform during festivals or some Rajasthani folk music. All with some modifications may be.
What double standards we have! Our politicians don???t mind dancing with bar girls even in conservative states like Bihar; they invite them in every election to entertain their voters in the northern belt. But they ban dancing in Mumbai bars.
Somehow I think short skirts or western dresses are too trivial an issue in a country whose new generation has grown up watching Bipasha Basu, Mallika Sherawat and Rakhi Sawant???s gyrating in skimpiest of clothes to the tunes of?? ???bidi jalaile, maiya maiya and tuk tuk dekhe???
Why talk about films alone? Take a tour of the countryside; the hoardings outside cinema houses are simply obscene. Neither have the polity nor the politicians have ever found anything filthy about them. And when we don’t object to suggestive advertisements selling men???s undergarments, why raise issue of morality now?
The issue is different. It???s fine to import the concept but a highly westernised India should now think of building its own team of cheerleaders. After all, the concept is not bad. While doing some Google search I came across this group called the World Cheerleading Hall of Fame, which has now ‘kicked off its search for a permanent home city. The Shrine will be home to cheerleaders worldwide and will honour the legacy and spirit of those who have developed the sport into the global success it is today???. The group further claims, ???Cheerleading is growing at exponential rates. Cheerleading possesses a loyal worldwide following of tens of millions of participants and fans. Aside from the millions of alumni throughout the world, there are roughly eight million active cheerleaders worldwide and an unspecified number of dance members.???
It is sad we don???t have our own professional cheerleaders. India has immense talent, which remained hidden till some reality shows on the television decided to provide them a stage to showcase their worth in the field of music and dance.
So how about cheerleaders as a career option! Is someone listening?