The serpentine queue that had gathered outside the audition venue was evidence enough to prove how eagerly the youth of Delhi and entire Northern regions of India were waiting for India’s No 1 dance reality show on Indian television, Dance India Dance to return! The versitality, the intensity, the attitude, the wow factor that the Masters – Geeta Kapoor, Terence Lewis and Remo D Souza- witnessed at the Delhi auditions recognized every contestants dedication and passion to win the ‘Taqdeer ka Topi’! What touched the Masters was not how they performed but their sincerity towards dance as an art form.
A nondescript Furkhan hailing from a family of auto rickshawalla’s mesmerised the judges with his excellent Robotics act and a psychically challenged Sunny Kumar danced with only one hand and brought tears to the eyes of the Masters. As did Pankaj Marwari who made chai for the mentors on the top of his head while Remo DSouza’s duplicates – Vinod Kumar and Afsar Ansari – kept everyone in splits. All these and many more dancers confirmed that the city was not alone Dilwalon ki Delhi but now can be safely called Dance ke Dilwalon ki Delhi!
There’s another N.R.I contestant whose story is inspiring….She is Anastasia born and brought up in Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. She had got hooked on to the show by watching Dance India Dance episodes on the internet. Since the channel, Zee TV was not available in her home country, she made full use of the internet and did not miss a single episode of DID on the Zee TV website. The turning point in her life came when she met her Indian parents who had adopted her at the same time that her biological parents were filing for a divorce. She decided to settle down in India and stay with her adopted parents. She welcomed the Indian way of life with open arms and also changed her name to Mansi. Mansi started taking lessons from a renowned Kathak exponent in Delhi. She was already adept at contemporary dance style and picked up the traditional Indian dance form quickly. On getting an opportunity to audition in Delhi, she was overwhelmed with emotions after performing in front of Remo, Geeta and Terence.
Then there was Dolly Bist, a young girl from Haridwar, who is desperate to prove to the people of her town that dancing can also be a respectable profession. Locals from her native place call her a nachnewali. She wants to fight this taboo and live her life with her head held high.
The highlight act was that of Raghav Juyal who takes pride in calling himself ‘ Crockroach’. He hails from Dehradun and when questioned on his odd name, “Crockroach”, he quips, ‘I like the power of a crocodile and the creepiness of a coackroach!’ His body popping act was one that has never been seen on television before!
Like Anastasia, Dolly, Remo duplicates Afsar Ansari and Vinod Kumar and Crockroach, the Delhi audition is filled with acts by many more participants belonging to humble backgrounds but sharing a burning passion for dance.