June 18, 2009 3:32:39 am
Dance,for a lot of people,is a form of art and rarely takes the shape of a profession. With a super-flexible body,dancing like a dream is not the only identity of Deepak Singh. Being the winner of reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 2 with partner Prachi Desai and the runner up in Nach Balliye,he is today a household name.
Thanking god for a physique that is an asset for him,Deepak very candidly points out that dance is not just a passion for him. Having danced for a long while,it was time for him to explore the big bad world of Bollywood. His initial days shaped up as he came in touch with Remo first and then Ganesh Hegde. It was Remo,who,impressed by my performance,recommended my name to many,including Hegde, informs Singh. From stage shows,he has today become a familiar face in the dance-based reality shows.
On enquiring about his double stint in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa,Singh says he enjoyed teaching dance to non-dancers. Having taught dance for about eight years now,it was the sort of challenge that he took pleasure in. Talking about his partners Prachi and Parul,he says that they didnt differ much, both being in one hit television serial each and new to the reality show arena. They are great people to work with and they have the capability to be good dancers, he adds.
Jhalak Dikhla Jaa has not only been about celebrity participants but also high profile judges from Bollywood. When asked about performing in front of greats like Saroj Khan and Shiamak Davar,Singh says,I have been performing in front of these personalities and thus was not too nervous. Although they would yell at me,it was because they saw a young choreographer in the making and wanted him to perform better. Talking excitedly about the Rs 100 rupee note presented to him by Saroj Khan,he ruminates about a ballet bar dance with Prachi which won a lot of accolades.
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My first brush with reality shows was Nach Baliye where I emerged as the runner-up. But it was my thirst to win the title that prompted me to participate in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, he adds. The second spell with Jhalak,he points out,was aimed at improving his skills as a choreographer. Both the shows will remain memorable for me; while one launched my career,the other provided me a chance to explore my talent further, says Singh.
Singh was also the founder member of Group 7678,a dance group based in Bangalore. As a member of the group,he did many stage shows. When asked about his forte,he says it is Latin American dance forms,which he also teaches his students. I am not averse to Indian dance forms but it is a fact that salsa,samba,merengue and other Latino dance forms help people socialise and come closer. This,I think,is the reason for its recent popularity in India. Latino dance forms allow a man to lead a woman,while it is exactly the opposite in a real-life situation, he adds.
The newest venture of this dance guru is his stint as a judge in the reality show
Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, which will be aired on NDTV Imagine. He is also organising a host of dance workshops across the country andwill be in Pune for a dance workshop organised by Nirali Someshwars Happy Feet,starting today.
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