Dance Day: Bollywood Embraces International Dance Styles | Hindi Movie News

While Bollywood prides itself on bringing traditional Indian dance forms to the big screen through the ages, the industry has also caught up with its time. This is the magic of Indian films. And while international dance forms are gaining popularity around the world, Bollywood has also quickly adapted to them. Over the years, we have observed that Bollywood music composers create songs that leave plenty of room for a variety of international dance forms to flourish.

Recently, the party number “Bom Diggy Diggy” from “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” featured the Jamaican dance style, Dancehall, while “ABCD”, “ABCD2” and “Judwaa 2” used popular forms like contemporary and hip hop. Speaking about this trend, choreographer Terence Lewis says, “Bollywood music directors have really upped their game. They are creating new-age music that is edgy, creative and on par with international music. Naturally, even the choreography has to match the tunes and so we experiment with different forms. For example, Dancehall basically goes with Reggaeton and Caribbean music. The form is characterized by faster rhythms and beats.

Sound and audio production play an important role in giving a song its dance value. Some composers even design and maintain a bank of catchy tunes.

Composer Mannan Shah says, “Groove or rhythmic structure plays a key role in bringing a person to the dance floor and it’s the beat that gives a song some momentum. We have programmers and arrangers who know how to capture the nerves of the audience, causing them to stomp as soon as they hear the song.

Composers and choreographers reinvent themselves

Choreographer Shiamak Davar, who popularized contemporary dance in Bollywood, says: “Dance is music made visible. Contemporary dance is a representation of emotions and therefore it fits well into our cinema. He believes the industry is extremely competitive and this drives musicians and choreographers to reinvent themselves and experiment with different forms of music and dance.

Exposure to international dance performances and world music helped introduce new dance forms

Composer Clinton Cerejo shares, “Urban audiences are exposed to international shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ and it’s affected choreography in Bollywood.” The landscape, as far as sound is concerned, has widened considerably over the past two years, all thanks to young composers and producers arriving on the scene from different backgrounds and musical influences. Yash Narvekar, singer-songwriter and lyricist, says, “The kind of exposure we have to world music is one of the main reasons why new dance forms have emerged in our industry. Choreographer Suresh Mukund adds, “Bollywood mainly uses fusion styles of dance forms. The actual hip-hop dance form was used in the song “Bezubaan Phir Se” (“ABCD2”).


Traditional Indian dance forms are just as cool


Some filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali have made an ode to classical dance forms. Her films like ‘Devdas’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’ presented traditional dance styles with beauty and grace. ‘Ghoomar’, a folk dance style was featured in ‘Padmaavat’. Other composers and choreographers also feel that even though Bollywood is doing well right now with all kinds of international dances being incorporated into films, more Indian dance forms should be used in films. Shankar Mahadevan, songwriter-singer, says: “Throughout the world, there is immense respect for Bharatanatyam, Kathak and other Indian folk dances. We should also start respecting them. The day we start to believe that our dance forms are “cool”, we will start to incorporate more of them into our films. »


Music and dance have always worked in tandem


In the 50s and 60s, the choreography had a classic touch. The songs often featured Kathak, Bharatnatyam, and other folk dance-based steps in the movies. Later, with the growing popularity of rock, trance and Sufi music, the choreography also changed. The choreographers believe that at that time most musical directors came mainly from classical backgrounds, whereas today many have also trained in western musical forms, which has influenced their compositions. Fazal Qureshi, tabla player and instrumentalist, says: “Music and choreography are linked; they go hand in hand. Bollywood music has really changed from what it was in the 50s and 60s. Back then, if there were seven songs in a movie, five would be Indian and two would have Western tunes. Now, if there are seven songs, five are Western and maybe one or two will have Sufi or Indian influences.

Colleen D. Ervin