Star Trek to Bollywood Nov 22, 2013 3:52:50 GMT
Post by corbie on Nov 22, 2013 3:52:50 GMT
When I was 16 or 17, I was watching my favorite show, Star Trek. This was back in the 60's and it was a brand new episode. The captain took Scotty down to a hedonsistic planet and they went to a nightclub to watch a dancer.
I was riveted by the dance. I stared withmy mouth open. I screamed "I want to learn how to do that!!!" I was told only prostitutes did things like that.
Time marched on and anytime there was dancing of any kind, I watched. When I was in my 20's, I ran across a real live bellydancer at a Renaissance Fair. Once again I was riveted. I went back to watch over and over. Finally I got my courage up and asked about classes.
For 10 years I danced, learned, made costumes, choreographed dances and had a wonderful time. I was semi professional, doing things like dancing at parties. We did shows. I even met Tania Lemani, the dancer from Star Trek. But something always seemed missing. Where were the men dancers?
I was told it is a woman's dance by my teacher at the college where I took classes. She taught Egyptian dance, no Turkish, as it is vulgar, you know. Videos were hard to come by. It was the 80's and they were still fairly new.
One day I found a video with several dancers on it. It had a group of men doing a cane dance. I loved it.
I moved to Colroado and got out of the bellydancing scene and just danced at local events and drum parties. Even here, the women dance, the men drum.
One night last year, there was a special on Bollywood. I didn't see it as I was busy. I had seen Karma Sutra, Monsoon Wedding and Bend it like Beckam and still had no real clue Bollywood existed. But my wonderful husband watched it and wrote down the name of a movie they recommended and the proceded to find it during a Bollywood week and record it for me. It was not a good recording, it was cut and I went nuts. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was the title.
I started surfing the net for information. I got some movies from Amazon. I found out our local library carried a lot of them. I got a list from an Indian friend who doesn't like Bollywood. I got obsessed about Shah Rukh Khan. He can DANCE! I cannot tell you how many times I have seen him dance in front of the elephants in Dil Se and wondered how they did not fall off the train. That is such an awesome choreography.
Now I watch a movie a week, two if I can sneak it in. I bought the more expensive phone so I can have a ring tone from Dil Se, the part where SRK is dancing in front of the elephants, of course. I love the love stories, I love the way the mix comedy, drama, eroticism with no sex or kissing the costumes, and of course the dancing.