Dancing, Acting, and hip-hopping

Hema Malini (Image Courtesy: Google Images)

The title may sound wierd, but I wanted to write this post after reading two articles recently. Some excerpts from those:

When actor-danseuse Hema Malini first stared training under the tutelage of Guru Vazhavoor Ramaiah Pillai, most people raved about her nritta (pure dance). But, she was often told that her performance was devoid of natya (emotion)…After years of being trained in the lyrical Tanjore style of Bharatnatyam, I would cringe at the latkas andjhatkas I was expected to do.

We shotJohnny Mera Naam in Nepal. A few months after its release, I was invited to dance there. From the moment I began the alaripu, the audience started hootng, and by the time I went into the varnam, I had to stop as they wanted me to dance to film songs. I left in the middle of the concert.

In another article:

By the time Delhi-based Shilpa Thapa turned 15, she had embraced the gait and grace of a Bharatanatyam dancer and the oomph factor of a salsa dancer. However, once she watched a group of b-boys flaunt their hip hop and breaking moves, she decided to take on the challenge….Now, the 17-year-old is known as b-girl Shellza

Watch b-girl Shellza here:

Read more here: http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report_dance-like-an-actor_1735625

and here: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/street-diaries/1002421/

So dancing, acting and hip-hopping go hand in hand…Enjoy reading!!!

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