Origins of Bollywood Dance and Impact on the World

People may call it dancing around trees, but the fact remains that it is these song and dance routines that have taken Bollywood films to the level where they are now; next only to Hollywood films.

It is mostly due to the dances and great music that Indian films became a craze in many diverse parts of the world. Raj Kapoor in Shri 420 and Mithun Chakraborty in Disco dancer sent the iron walled Russia into uncontrolled tizzy due to its songs, dances and emotionally touching story lines. Who can forget the sultry Helen dancing to “O Haseena zulfonwaali” in the unforgettable Teesri Manzil or Rishi Kapoor peforming “Om Shanti Om” to adoring fans in Karz? That was truly the birth of Bollywood dance as we know today.

In India the most important component for a film to achieve tremendous success has traditionally been music and dance. Take “Aashiqui” for example – a Bollywood superhit only because of its music.

That Bollywood is full of talented and versatile choreographers is a well accepted fact, as over the years we have seen them apt to catch the latest global trends (read the west) and incorporate them in their films, often with spectacular effects and great success. Popular songs showcased actors’ Cha-Cha-Cha talents like the popular “One Two Cha Cha Cha” sung by Usha Uthup and performed by Aruna Irani, or the Twist that was admirably performed in the memorable “Aao Twist Karein” in Bhooth Bangla by a young Mahmood.

Saroj Khan, famous for her Dhak Dhak choreography, has become a household name in the country, as has the next generation that includes the likes of Farah Khan, Shiamak Davar, Ganesh Acharya, Ganesh Hegde and Prabhu Deva.

In recent years, we have witnessed several new choreographers who’re often highly trained, and the dance routines in their movies have infused the songs with great verve and energy, so much so, that Hollywood movies at times have followed suit. Case in point being the hugely successful “Chaiyya Chaiyya” in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se”, that was played in “Inside Man”.

The industry has over the years spawned legions of professional dancers, who come from all over the country to try their luck and earn some quick money. It’s not uncommon for foreigners to be seen on the sets of several films as part of the entourage, shooting for songs as choreographers play the hard taskmaster.

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Dance Away that Flab

Can't decide between the gym and dancing to lose that extra weight or to stay fit in general? Here's a list of dance forms taught at Delhi Dance Academy with the average calories burnt in 1 hour:

Zumba: 500-1000
Aerobics: 500-800
Jazz Contemporary: 400-600
Bharatnatyam: 400-600
Hip-Hop: 350-550
Belly dance: 250-450
Bollywood: 300
Salsa: 200-300

These numbers vary with your body weight and the amount of effort you put in.

How can I lose weight?
You lose weight when you consume or burn more calories than you take. Burning 3500 calories means you lose 1 lbs or 450 grams (almost half a Kilo) of weight.

In other words, if you cut 500 calories from your diet each day or burn 500 calories working out or dancing, you would lose 0.45 kgs in a week. :)

At Delhi Dance Academy we can also talk to you about your daily diet and recommend changes to help you lose weight.

Delhi Dance Academy has been featured on 24 x 7 News Channel as one of Delhi's best dance institutes. We have made recent appearances on TV Channels like BBC, Aajtak, E TV, NHK World, MTv and NDTV Goodtimes. We are among the top 50 activities to do while in Delhi by TripAdvisor with excellent reviews.

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