Saroj Khan, the well-known Bollywood dance director of the 1980’s is currently touring the US, conducting workshops and promoting popular Indian dances among the youths growing up here. At a recent press meet, Saroj recounted how she had a full life directing a range of talented actresses from Vyjayantimala to Madhuri Dixit. She was at the top of her craft when folk forms ruled the Indian movie industry through talented dancer-actresses, notably Madhuri Dixit who popularized many songs such as ‘Ek-do-teen.’ “I played with steps and tantalizing poses but ensured that actresses didn’t resort to vulgarity,” stated Saroj at the press meet organized by ‘5678 Media Group’ in Edison.
She proudly stated that she always ensured that her choreography echoed the age-old traditions of Indian folk culture. Disillusioned by much of dancing in some recent Bollywood movies, Saroj Khan felt she had no option to refuse many assignments where directors asked for ‘fusion’ style of dancing.
‘5678 Media Group’ has collaborated with Zee TV to conduct dance competitions in the USA. Anjana Kumar, Chairwoman of the company, said that the competition aimed at empowering the youth through dance and ‘provide a bridge for the South Asian community to connect with its roots.’ The competition called ‘Dance USA Dance’ will hold its finale on April 15 at Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, NJ, judged by Saroj Khan. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $3000, $2000, and $1000, as well as bundled prizes by Estée Lauder and Salon Simran. The event will be telecast on Zee TV. According to Raaj Rahi, the coordinator of the event, Saroj Khan’s tour to California, Florida, Georgia, Washington state, Washington DC, New Jersey, and New York succeeded in initiating many people into Bollywood dancing. The finale on April 15 is the final opportunity for dancers from New Jersey to showcase their skills.
Source: Ashok Ojha/The SATimes