Thursday, February 11, 2010

MJ-LOTD: A New Genre Of Dance

[For new readers, MJ-LOTD stands for Mundane Journey - Link of the Day]

Society and culture are not disjoint from people. Rather, by definition, they are connected to people. There was a time when people found it difficult to take off for five days to watch a cricket match and so was born 'One day' version of the game. And then came the T20 version which addressed to people's impatience and busyness. From the participant's perspective - we have 'galli' cricket, terrace cricket and parking area cricket - where we have innovative rules like - bat-touch-run, single-hand-single-drop-catch-out, no-drop-crossing-compound-out, etc. We need not know how to play as well as the Tendulkars and the Gangulys.

A similar thing is now coming up in the field of dance. There was a time when people had to dance in the conventional style regardless of whether or not they knew it. Remember Sunny Deol, Dharmendra, Kishan Kumar and the umpteen others who, because of not having a famous second name, couldn't make it to the screen?

For such 'dancingly challenged' people - below is the new genre of dance.

Though the whole sequence is to behold, check the following milestones:

1:50 - Clever usage of homophone, 'do' which, in Hindi, means "two" and "give".

3:38 - Clever usage of another homophone, "hi" which means "greetings" in English and refers to an expression of grief (or of relief) in Hindi.

5:09 - The only girl in the video (on the right-hand side) couldn't stand the 'Govida dance' of the men and fell down.

I wouldn't be surprised if we have dances in the above format in corporate, college and school fests. And when this would be happening, the Reality TV wouldn't be far behind in making a 'Boogie Woogie' for this dance form.

BTW, for those intrigued by the above video, here's the forefather "film version" of it. [Caveat: Watch it at your own risk.]


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sagar February 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

This dance was performed by students of MICA,Ahmedabad as a part of their cultural night by the juniors. Theguys cheering them on are their seniors for whom it was put up.
Hence, I would say that this kind of dane has already reached some campusses..

@Prashant: Nice analogy drawn with the cricket forms. A well-written, short and crisp post. However, u get the cake for putting up the link of another video in the last line of the post, to be watched at the viewer's risk.. Can't stop laughing.. Its absolutely hilarious!!

Biswajit Biswas February 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

I do not support calling this dance form as hilarious or funny ( which the title of the video claims) I would rather appritiate them for being creative. But yes if the number of people performing would have been less in number then it would look hilarious.

Yes the video in the last link is "mind blowing".

Prashat why don't you start the next google? :)

Prashant Mehta February 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

Sagar ji
Thanks for the info. I didn't know it. [I assume that the info is authentic :-P]

Biswajit Biswas ji
Yeah, even i don't call it hilarious. But couldn't change the title of the already existing video.

hitesh rawat February 13, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

this is an awesome video...have seen it earlier...loved the sync between all the ppl.....and who cleverly they used to words and present the funny side of it....

really made me watch it again......

Prashant Mehta February 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

hitesh rawat ji

Yeah. It's really good!

Alpesh February 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

First of all the info provided by Sagar is authentic and secondly Kudos to u Prashant..the forefather version was really very exhilarating and entertaining.

Prashant Mehta February 19, 2010 at 1:16 AM  

Alpesh ji

deicider February 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

Well the dancingly challenged in this video at least put up a far better show than our predecessors(the risky video).And I would say this form of mass dancing is good,people at least get a taste of things they would have never tried otherwise.Also dancing with so many people kind of takes away the fear of ridicule,you wont be the only fool in the crowd!

Anonymous February 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

awesome thing prashant sir.... have started reading ur blog lately coz of my bro... followed both of the link(regretting my decision to see the forefather version :P)
This new form of dancing is really required wen u don't have a massive stage for this massive number of participants ;) but in any case it was different and nice...!! cheers!!

Prashant Mehta March 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

deicider ji
Yep, i agree! If the crowd decide to wear torn jeans, it becomes fashion and if you wear it, you won't be the only fool in the crowd.

Anonymous ji
Thank you and your brother!!

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