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It’s carnival time for Dance India Dance

Five days before the finale, Dance India Dance Season Two moves out of the studios, presents a dance parade in the city today, giving the audience a feel of a real dance carnival.

tv Updated: Apr 18, 2010 16:27 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Dance India Dance Season Two is in its last leg. The finale of the show will be streamed live on TV on April 23 on Zee TV. The show has been delivering ratings between 4 and 5 points, despite stiff competition on the weekends from the IPL Season Three matches and various other content on competing Hindi general entertainment channels.

Today, the channel has organised a Dance Carnival in the city that starts at Sai Baba Mandir Trust at the Worli Sea Face and culminates at the Worli Sports Ground with performances by the season two finalists- Dharmesh Yelande, Shakti Mohan, Puneet and Binny Sharma. The carnival is expected to kick-off at 7 pm. According to Akash Chawla of Zee TV, the rationale behind the elaborate on-ground initiative on the eve of the reality show’s finale is to let the audience experience dance on the streets of the city, instead of their TV sets.

“It will give a taste of what a real dance carnival is. Here, we haven’t really had a carnival replete with giant floats, stilt walkers, exotic dancers, body tattoo artists, salsa groups, lezhim troupes, dandiya and the works. For those who can’t make it to the show, they can catch it ‘Live’ on TV,” points out Chawla, adding that apart from the finalists, mentor judges Geeta Kapoor, Terrence Lewis and Remo D’ Souza would be performing on stage. However, there is no confirmation on whether Mithun Chakraborty, the grandmaster on the show, would be present for the carnival.

The initiative, however, is being perceived by the industry, as an attempt to grab eyeballs since the grand finale of the show is close to the IPL finale, unlike last year when it came a week after that on May 30, 2009. Chawla rubbishes the presumptions and says that the carnival is purely to connect with the viewers at another level. “We want the audience to experience Dance India Dance live on the streets. No other broadcaster in the Hindi GEC space has ever done this. I’m sure we’ll connect,” he asserts.

Since the carnival kicks off at 7 pm, chances of the roads getting congested are high. But Chawla says that everything has been well-looked after and no one would face a difficulty travelling to and fro. “That’s the first thing we have taken into consideration. If everything goes as per the floor-plan, there won’t be a problem with the traffic at all.”

Know your finalists

* Punit
Though he’s learnt professional dancing from Terrence Lewis at his dance academy, on this show, he’s the only contestant in the finale from Remo’s team, Remo Ke Rangeele. Apparently, he teaches professional dancing at Terrence Lewis’ dance academy.

* Shakti
She’s learnt professional dancing with Terrence Lewis at his dance classes. Apparently, she also teaches dance at the academy where she learnt. She belongs to Terrence Lewis’ team, Terrence Ki Toli and is the only contestant from his team in the finale.

* Binny
She’s one of the two finalists who belongs to Geeta Kapoor’s team called Geeta Ki Gang. She’s from Punjab and had no formal dance training in dance before entering the show.

* Dharmesh
He emerged as one of the strongest contestants on the show from Geeta Kapoor’s team. He runs a dance academy in Vadodra. Most of his students and he had auditioned for the contest and made it to the top 100 list.

First Published: Apr 18, 2010 14:52 IST