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How should Bollywood dance be regarded?
Pop, modern, contemporary, or a separate category called Filmi?

June 5, 2012

The following is a compilation of the responses to the poll conducted by in June 2012.

- Anonymous (June 1, 2012)

Bollywood deals with the macro mass audience of India. From the lower middle class to the upper middle class, from east to west and north to the south. Just like English, though we refer to it as the lingua franca of the world, it is a language which takes into its dictionary all kinds of words from all cultures and languages, similarly I feel Bollywood is Lingua Danca (if at all such a word can be introduced) of India. So, an art form made for masses and not for classes.
- Anonymous (June 3, 2012)

Any dance can be useful as the foundation for Indian contemporary dance. More than one dance can also help as a base to create contemporary work. Contemporary is a dynamic form of dance/work with as many variations as the number of dancers practicing it. It is a mere reflection of the ideas brewing in the mind of the dancer. It need not be aesthetically pregnant, meaningful, beautifully symmetric or pleasing to the mind, heart and soul of 'cultured human beings'. In fact, it could be quite confusing, unsymmetrical but thought provoking. Coming back to the poll, I feel Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu and ballet techniques work well to serve as a base for contemporary work.
- Aparajita Sarma (July 25, 2012)

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