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Reality Bites : Hyderabadi kids more studious than other metro counterparts?

Reality Bites : Hyderabadi kids more studious than other metro counterparts?
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Purnima Sriram The scene seemed to be in sharp contrast. While a dance talent hunt in neighbouring Chennai attracted nearly 2,000 participants for...

Purnima Sriram

bit2The scene seemed to be in sharp contrast. While a dance talent hunt in neighbouring Chennai attracted nearly 2,000 participants for the 'Star plus Dancing Super Star' auditions earlier this month, Hyderabadi youngsters seemed to take the contest with a 'light le lo yaar' attitude.

The heavily publicised dance auditions conducted at Bhavan's Vivekananda College of Science Humanities & Commerce, Secunderabad, on Wednesday barely managed approximately 800 participants.

Was it exam fever that kept away the dancing aspirants? Or are Hyderabadi youngsters more studious compared to their Benguluru, Chennai and Mumbai counterparts? The event hardly garnered 60% of response compared to the other cities despite the competition being a "Dream Come True" competition and platform. Two weeks back, the same auditions got Mumbai a crowd of over 3,000 participants.

The age of the participants ranged from eight to 35 years of age. There were equal number of girls and boys. Few participated in individual events, few in groups (duos and trios). Even as Hyderabadis gave a lukewarm response to the contest, a few came all the way from Pune and Sholapur who couldn't make it in their own city. Some of the participants even said the low response could have been due to lack of awareness and the ambiguity in the venue.

Shaila Tik, assistant choreographer, also agreed that there were fewer participants compared to other cities. "People here are crazy about Tollywood and Telugu reality shows, but not for Hindi and lack interest for dance in different forms," she added.

Pallavi Hegde, final year student of BCA in Bhavan's, said that she had no reservations participating as her exams are in May. "I am not a professional dancer, but I've done my certificate course in Kuchipudi dance from my Guru Dr P Ramadevi. I have been practicing Kuchipudi for the past 13 years. I wanted to perform Classical dance and wanted to show the world that Classical dance is no less," she added.

Raghavendra CK , dance wellness instructor and dance therapist, came all the way from Benguluru to participate in the competition. "I am a professional dancer. I have been practicing dance from the age of three."

Shalini Pathak, mother of eight-year-old Hyderabadi kid Anshika Pathak who got through the first round, said that her daughter was very passionate about dance that she did not mind skipping school for a day. "She has learnt dance for the past two years and this is for the first time she is participating. I am also very passionate about dance. I will surely participate next year," says Shalini. Vishal Jadhav, 19, studying in Babu Rao Golap College in Pune, said that he came to Hyderabad at a short notice as he couldn't attend in Pune due to personal reasons.

"I have been undergoing training at Creative Dance Academy for the past two years. My dance teacher informed me about the competition yesterday morning and I took the first train available to Hyderabad," said Jadhav. "I didn't even have the time to buy costumes for the competition, so I borrowed a saree from my friend's mom to drape it as lungi and teamed it up with a casual shirt. My passion for dance can be expressed only through my dance," he added.

Arun Dogra, a 27-year-old choreographer from Chennai, said that he had come to participate in Hyderabad as he was not qualified in the Chennai audition which took place on March 5. "I have been practicing dance for the past 22 years and also I have been teaching students for the past 12 years yet I could not qualify there. The competition was tough in Chennai, but here I don't think there is such competition and also interest for it," said Dogra.

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