Bollywood! One of the largest centers of film production in the world is considered toneless without the electrifying moves of traditional Indian dance.
The world of entertainment has witnessed an impressive signature style of Bollywood due to its own combination of music and dance. Unlike the earlier days, today’s modern Bollywood dance is a fusion of traditional styles of Kathak, folk and other forms with western dance styles. This dominant part of Hindi entertainment was strengthened more when group dancing became popular, hence choreographers started managing large groups of dancers sometimes more than 100 people dancing together on a single platform.
Prior to the end of the 90’s era, the face of Bollywood changed forever courtesy some of the most renowned and magical dancers like Shiamak Davar, Prabhu Deva, Saroj Khan, Farah Khan, and more.
Here are a few names of Bollywood dance industry that cannot be, replaced or reproduced.
The winner of National Film Award for Best Choreography, MTV Style Awards for the Most Stylish Song, and an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University for his outstanding contribution to entertainment industry of India and the whole world. The Hindi film industry was introduced to the western world due to Davar’s initiative of brining contemporary jazz and other western forms of dances in India. Davar’s distinctive style of dance choreography can be seen from the very beginning of his career back in 1997. Some of the most notable work of Davar includes choreography of Commonwealth Games, Mission Impossible 4 and Dil to Pagal Hai. Some young influences of the industry also happened to be a part of Davar’s Dance Company.
If there is anyone who can resemble the legend of entertainment MJ, then the two times National Film Award winner Prbhi Deva is the most perfect and the righteous choice. The amazing ability of setting the stage on fire made him choreograph his first dance in a Hindi movie a year later of appearing as a background dancer in 1987. Not only dance choreography, but he is also known to be one of the most successful filmmakers. In 1999, he performed alongside the dance legend Michael Jackson and Oscar winning music director A.R Rahman at the “Michael Jackson and Friends Tour” in Munich Germany. Prabhu Deva is also widely popular for performing and designing various dance styles for past 25 years. He also opened a dance academy in Singapore by the name of “Prabhu Deva Dance Academy”, and is serving as chairman and director of the academy.
Saroj Khan will remain as one of the most prominent names in the industry. At an early age of 12, Saroj Khan happened to be choreographing dance sequences for Hindi movie actress thrice her age. Her notable dance choreography includes performances from some of the most fascinating, dancing sensations of India such as Madhuri Dixit, Aishverya Rai, Rekha, Sridevi and more. Her popularity is also widespread for her Television appearance. She has been the jury member of many popular dance reality shows in India. Saroj Khan received many appreciations for her contribution in Bollywood dance, she has been awarded with National Awards for Choreography, FilmFare Award, and American Choreography Award. Gulaab Gang is one of the upcoming movie choreographed by Saroj Khan.
Internationally recognized dance choreographer Farah Khan is one of those legends of performing arts who have learned from nowhere but on their own. She got her first breakthrough from the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Her work was highly appreciated by both audience and critics. In 2004, Saroj Khan made her debut as a director. Her movie “Main Hoon Na” went on to become a box office hit, earning US$10. 3 million worldwide. Farah Khan was honored by many Nationally and International awards for her contribution in Bollywood entertainment.
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