Dance posts

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Babita Kapoor and Biswajeet get all gender-bender on us in this classic.

Yo, Mr. Moustache, I think I just found our entry for the *PMH talent show. Practice starts tomorrow.
Happy Friday, jaans!
Film: Kismat
Song: Kajra Mohabbat Wala
Year: 1968
Composer: O.P.Nayyar

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Asha at her expressive best and Lata at her most playful. This tune is so perfect!

Dance, my lovelies, you deserve it!
Film: Samadhi
Song: Kaanta Laga
Year: 1972
Composer: Rahul Dev Burman

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This one goes out to Mr. Patel….Hope your trip this week from Bombay to Goa was great as this tune. Have a great weekend everyone!

Film: Bombay to Goa
Song: Listen to the Pouring Rain
Year: 1972
Composer: R.D. Burman

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Film: Laawaris
Song: Apni tu jaise taise
Year: 1981
Composer: Kalyanji Anandji

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Sometimes, the Disco King just can’t be beat. This tune is utterly perfect: from the choice of playback singers to the picturization, from Anil Kapoor “break-dancing” to Amrita Singh breaking hearts. I have all the steps memorized. Come, friends, let us DANCE!

Film: Saaheb
Song: Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re
Composers: Bappi Lahiri
Year: 1985

‘ABDC’ for ABCDs (updated)

Monday, August 31st, 2009

In last night’s America’s Best Dance Crew, the teams fumbled through mudras, Rye Rye and M.I.A. After years of watching Bollywood massacre adapt moves from hip-hop and salsa, it’s fun to see the sharing flow the b-boy way. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing Madhuri try a standing backflip someday.
Update: Watch the video here.

America’s got a woody for ‘Jai Ho’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

(Watch in glorious high-def) UC Berkeley’s Ishaara dance team got three yeses on America’s Got Talent for a middling take on the ‘Jai Ho’ Pussycat Dolls mix, in attire more typical of bhangra. The team’s female lead is blonde and part desi :) Gotta wonder what the two Brit judges were thinking: ‘Meh, seen better [...]


Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I have vowed to gag myself (i.e. not blog) until I’m done writing my wretched book but I figured copying something out doesn’t amount to a real blog post. Plus, this was just too good to not share. From Partha Mitter’s “Much Maligned Monsters“, a wonderful book that is available only as an import in [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Have a great weekend everyone!
Dont forget to signup for the *PMH Giveaway. Enjoy…..

Film: Zakhmee
Year: 1975
Song: Nothing Is Impossible
Composer:Bappi Lahiri

R.I.P. M. Jaikishan

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Before salsa, before bhangra, my Filipino college roomie taught me to dance, and the core of his moves was his M.J. impersonation. This one’s for you, Ariel.
And for you, Michael, you moonwalking, child diddling, skin lightening, cleft-chin-purchasing, extreme body modding patent hound. Patron saint of bedroom dancers. You’ll be missed among the sequin shirt tribes [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I just got back from the Miike Snow show here in San Francisco, fun times.
Here’s one of their hits, just incase you haven’t heard of them, super catchy song…
I got back home and remembered it was Friday, so here we go…..
I’ve been searching for this movie for a while now after I saw a short [...]

More Indian-salsa fusion

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This salsa - Indian classical mashup at Singapore’s ‘07 salsa fest is brilliant. It’s a little stiff, and there’s serious tension between demure Indian classical (would this be kathak, or a regional dance?) and the much flashier salsa. But I love the moves which come midway through, and there are all these little explosions of [...]

Drrty Limerick

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

A drag queen at Kansas U dances to ‘Jai Ho.’

Miami U’s college choir sings it in Hindi, more or less (thanks, Joolz).

In the land of the blind

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

In Madrid, salsa is considered a Latin American thing and rock is king. Though I’m only an intermediate, I swept through salsa clubs there like Rishi Kapoor at a butter chicken feast.
So I wasn’t expecting much from the salsa scene in Bombay. I was wrong. Shockingly wrong. Salsa in Bombay is a cross between the [...]