HTKGAF 2018: Hit play, put on your dancing shoes in Mumbai

A total of 20 lucky early-bird registrees aged 18 to 50 got their groove on and had oodles of fun in Mumbai as they practised traditional and fusion dance moves

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2018 23:57 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Participants at Kitab Khana on Thursday.(Ragul Krishnan/ HT)

It didn’t matter if you were an experienced dancer or born with two left feet, you were destined to look graceful at the Bollywood Kathak fusion workshop organised on Thursday as part of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

A total of 20 lucky early-bird registrees aged 18 to 50 got their groove on and had oodles of fun as they practised traditional and fusion dance moves with Lalita Soni, a renowned Kathak dancer with over 20 years of experience, including on choreography teams for Bollywood films such as Bajirao Mastani.

The participants danced to the popular song ‘Saaiyaaa’ by Kailash Kher, as Soni taught them traditional dance moves which involved Kathak bols and a lot of arm twists and turns.

“People in Mumbai connect to Bollywood moves well and Kathak gives you happiness as it’s part of our culture. The combination works as an excellent stress buster,” Soni said.

Shlomo Reuben, 37, a freelance writer from Kandivli, was the only man present and said he was lucky to get an opportunity to participate.

“This was not like salsa, where you need a partner,” he said, laughing. “I was surprised to see there were no other men, but I joined in and I’m glad I did. I’ve always danced to Bollywood songs but never tried my hand at Kathak, which is a more disciplined dance form. It was fun to learn some moves.”

Equally enthused was Deepali Sampat, 37, an artist from Marine Lines. “I have never studied classical dance. This workshop made for a nice mind-body connect,” she said.

As the 90-minute session came to an end, Soni joked, “All of you must be hungry after the session.” Luckily, there were plenty of healthy eats to snack on just outside.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 23:57 IST