Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Raggini Makkhar and Nadyog

India's Got Talent is a reality show telecast on Colors television network. The show was so successful that it went up to Season 5. The show supports talents from all arenas like singing, dance, gymnastics, puppetry etc. There is no age limit for the contestants in this reality show. My favorite season was Season 5 hosted by the hilarious Bharti Singh and judged by Karan Johar, Malaika Arora and Kirron Kher. Being passionate about Kathak, I always loved Raggini Makkhar and Naadyog group. This group includes dancers from the age of 13 to 30. This group is run by Indore based Raagini, a housewife.This Kathak institue which is 25 years old has about 360 students as of now. Raggini Makkar and Nadyog is famous for their co-ordination and formations. As the winners of India's Got talent, Raggini Makkar and Nadyog group were awarded Rs.50 lakhs in cash, a luxury car and a trophy. This women group were awarded as the winners on the International Women's day by the two most beautiful women, Madhuri and Juhi Chawla.

My most favorite Kathak dance of Raggini Makkhar and Nadyog to my most favorite song, Kathak to Sawaar loon

Raagini Makkar’s dance troupe wins India’s Got Talent 5!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sangeet Dance Songs

India, a place where wedding is celebrated with full of the joys of spring. Weddings are planned differently in the different parts of India. In north, there are many pre-wedding and post-wedding ceremonies. In south, there is an engagement followed by the wedding. The eastern and western India have other rituals. In North Indian weddings, every simple tradition of the wedding is made big with all the rituals and music and dance. The bride as well as the groom's family have a whale of time. Dance is an integral part of every ritual. People burn the dance floor during every celebration. The rituals in order are
  • Engagement
  • Ganapathi Sthapana
  • Pithi Dastoor
  • Sangeet
  • Mehndi
Pithi Dastoor

Sangeet is a function meant to dance. Both the bride's and the groom's family dance together. 


The most commonly performed sangeet songs are,

  • Mehendi lagake rakhna, doli sajake rakhna (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengey)
  • Maahi Ve (Kal Ho Na Ho)
  • Bole Chudiyaan (Kabhi Gushi Kabhi Gham)
  • Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baaja Baaraat)
  • Baari Barsi (Band Baaja Baaraat)
  • Kajra re (Bunty Aur Babli)
  • Nagada (Jab We Met)
  • Mauja Hai Mauja (Jab We Met)
  • Diliwali Girlfriend (Yeh Jaawani hai Deewani)
  • Tenu Leke Mein Jawanga (Salaam-e-ishq)
  • Salaam-e-Ishq
  • Gal Meethi Meethi Bol (Aisha)
  • Dance Pe Chance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
  • Radha (Student Of the year)
  • Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jaawani hai Deewani)
  • Ghagra (Yeh Jaawani hai Deewani)
  • Balam Pichkari (Yeh Jaawani hai Deewani)
  • Deewangi (Om Shanti Om)
  • Saree Ke Fall Se (R..Rajkumar)
  • Mujhse Dosti Karoge medley

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Aaja Nachle

Aaja Nachle, meaning "Come, let's dance" is a Hindi film that featured Madhuri Dixit in the lead. Aaja Nachle was a comeback film for Madhuri after 6 years of her wedding. It also features Konkona Sen Sharma, Kunal kapoor, Divya Dutta, Akshaye Khanna and many more in the supporting roles. Though the movie was a flop, it was much loved by the die hard fans of Madhuri.

The plot of the movies is a little boring (at least to me). The plot is a blend of dance and drama. Dia (Madhuri) comes back to her native, Shamli, where dance had been an inherent part, when she learns that her dance guru, Makarand is on his death bed. But before she arrives, Makarand dies, leaving the responsibility of reviving his dance theater, 'Ajanta' to Dia. Then, there comes a lot of melodrama in the screenplay. Dia is treated with a taunt by the localites of Shamli as she had eloped with the American photographer, Steve. After going through a lot of thick and thin, Dia succeeds in reviving Ajanta and Shamli.

As always, Madhuri's dance leaves us awestruck. The songs 'O re Piya' leaves us in a trance. Vaibhavi Merchant won the IIFA award for the best choreography for 'O re Piya'. The song 'Aaja Nachle' is a dance number, picturised completely on Madhuri. This song became the most played song in all wedding sangeets and parties. Aaja Nachle received a lot of oppositions before its release from the dalits.

Aaja Nachle song