Don't call dance frivolous, says guru Shiamak Davar

He detests the idea of calling dance "frivolous" and feels the term item number sounds disrespectful. Nevertheless, ace choreographer Shiamak Davar believes the respect for professional dancers has increased by several notches ove

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He detests the idea of calling dance "frivolous" and feels the term item number sounds disrespectful. Nevertheless, ace choreographer Shiamak Davar believes the respect for professional dancers has increased by several notches over the years.

"People think of dancing as very frivolous and that is what hurts me. People call dance songs as item numbers. What is an item number? There is no such thing as item number! It is important that dance is given respect and that is what I am doing since all these years," Shiamak told IANS.

He was present at the IBN7 "Guru Shishya Awards" with his student Aneesha, who is also the manager of his dance school Shiamak Davar Dance Company, earlier this week.

Shiamak feels content about being able to spread the magic of dance among people through his institute, branches of which are situated across the country.

"One of my biggest happiness is that I have taught India to dance. I feel very happy. More important is that my girls are given respect now. They are not considered cheap," said the dance guru, who has made actresses like Karisma Kapur, Rani Mukerji and Aishwarya Rai groove his way.

"I feel very bad when my boys who dance are called effeminate and girls are called bad girls because they can dance. I am very glad my students have pushed the limit and earned respectability," he added.

The 50-year-old, who has been associated with showbiz since 1996, considers "Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Govinda" as Bollywood's best dancers. But he feels Indian actors should devote more time to dance.

"They (actors) should give more time to dance, but they are so busy caught up with their schedule, they can't really do it," he said.

While choreographer Remo Dsouza is directing a dance-based film "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance", Shiamak doesn't rule out a similar possibility.

"Well I have been approached many times to do a film, may be in the future," he said.


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  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 6:44pmThe.Patthaaka.

    I have got immesne respect for Shiamak.God how i wish i cud train in his academy *dreamy eyes* LOL.

  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 1:02pmMohabbateinn

    nacho, gayoo...yehi karte raho India.

  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 12:49pmparheezGM

    Item dance sells sex to the peanut gallery, so that the theater seats are filled atleast!!
    I have no respect for them nor do I call this dance a form of art.
    Coming to shiamak,I love him and his mantra of have feet will dance!!!

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  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 11:53amhindu4lyf

    @samanalyse: Shiamak DID teach India to dance and continues to do so. He has more dance schools across India than anyone else in the country and SDIPA is huge! To make thousands of people from both genders want to learn dance, a hobby that was laughed at by many in a country like India is no easy task.

    I don't think it's just item numbers which objectify women, it's Bollywood movies in general and it has a lot to do with the influence from the west. We've seen this trend for a while now. Just take a look at the Jism, Murder etc type of movies.

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  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 11:15amSamanalyse

    Really? He taught India to dance? I have a lot of respect for the guy but that is pushing it. Get real.
    Also item numbers have very little to do with dance these days. They are more about objectifying women so I am totally fine with what they are called.
    I really do respect Shiamakji and his work a lot but I don't agree with most of what is being said in this article. I feel like he is missing the point...

    Edited on:07 July 2012 at 11:16am

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  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 8:18amdewdropred

    nice interview agree with him ...

  • Posted on: 07 July 2012 at 4:35amhindu4lyf

    I LOVEEE him! The amount of love and passion he has for dance is simply amazing! He deserves a national award of some sort for not only spreading the joy of dance in India but all over the world.

    Looking forward to his new album! :) all the best Shiamak and SDIPA!!

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