Shakti Mohan on living,breathing and surviving dance
At 20,Shakti Mohan was buried deep in her books,studying hard to crack her civil services exam. The Indian in her wanted to live the IAS dream,but something wasnt feeling right. I felt incomplete, says Mohan. She had been learning Bharatanatyam for eight years and dance was her escape,her exercise,her meditation and somewhere deep down inside,she wanted to pursue it seriously. I was in Mumbai,and I happened to watch a dance show by Terence Lewis. I was blown away,by the sheer grace and energy on stage and I wanted to be part of that, says Mohan,who soon packed her bags,moved to Mumbai in 2005 and joined Lewis and his dance company. Opting for dance as a profession was a tough decision. The younger you are,the easier it is to adapt and move, says the dancer,who started learning contemporary styles from step one. Today,she stands tall,as winner of Zees Tvs Dance India Dance Season 2 and a master of various styles. Next is hip hop,as Mohan is all set to join a three-month dance course at Broadway Dance Centre in New York. I can afford it now, says the dancer.
In Chandigarh to encourage children to audition for Zees DID Lil Masters,Mohan shares that it is not easy living a dancers life. One has to practice for hours,work on ones moves,angles,expressions,and also accept the wear and tear of the body. Also,contemporary is different,once you start doing it,classical dance like Bharatanatyam leaves your body, says Mohan.
While Mohan plans to create a new field of dance,she will soon be making a debut in Bollywood as a choreographer. Im doing two films,Ek Bura Aadmi and Rowdy Rathore,where I have worked with Prabhu Deva and choreographed the typical lehnga-choli dhak-dhak song, she says. Working with Deva was an amazing experience says Mohan. He is a demanding boss and dancing with him is a learning process, she adds.
The year 2012 also saw the launch of her calendar Shakti and now Mohan plans to do more work with her three equally talented sisters singer Niti Mohan,actor-model Mukti Mohan and designer Kriti Mohan.
Meanwhile,DID Lil Masters auditions will be held on Monday,March 5,at Manav Mangal Smart School,Phase 10 Mohali. This year,the audition venues are child-friendly,so therell be games,fun activities for children, says Mohan.