The past week’s blog post by Palak, must have fulfilled your curiosity about Bollywood dance and some of you might have gone one step further, to learn more about it by browsing through a lot of content on the web, checking out dancing styles, videos and shoots, stories and articles and might have come across all sorts of fancy links. This week’s post might just help you reach that final destination in your journey of enlightenment, which won’t end, but has just begun, with more to come – many weeks full of energy, fun, stories and above all one thing that all you feet moving people love – Dance !!!
One thing that amazes people when they be a part of Project Pulse’s showcases and events, is the fact that how a bunch of ordinary yet talented people, fun loving but hard working artists, come together, as one unit, as a single soul, with no distinct heartbeats, but with identical pulse rates, and deliver stunning performances with each passing event. People who have already been there and have had witnessed this team’s creative work have never left disappointed and have been faithful in terms of showing up at each of the event that Project Pulse comes out with. The fan following has been amazing over the past years of Project Pulse’s evolvement as an impeccable dancing unit. The success has been tremendous and the rise of the stars has been exponentially upwards.
For those of you who have already been a part of our journey, it is time to recollect those past wonderful experiences that you have been through, and for those who are still on the verge of claiming themselves as the true fans of Project Pulse, it is time that we help you jump over the edge into our arena, sweep you off your feet and make you land in the wonderful imaginatively creative event coming up in a few weeks. This week, let’s rewind back to some of the showcases that Project Pulse have portrayed so far mesmerizing thousands of people into loving our performances.
Project Pulse Choreography Reel : Click Here
“Party Song” – Ehsaas : Click Here
“Tashaan” – 8000 Miles Away : Click Here
All these shows, events, dances, plays and the entire Project Pulse entertainment package is incomplete without its core performers and people behind the scenes who have put in so much of dedicated hard work, making efforts to give a flawless performance every time they light up that stage and enthrall the audience. To get a glimpse of people who are going to be participating in this year’s showcase and the choreographers who would be guiding them produce a spectacular show in about a month’s time, let’s get a little bit up close and personal to get well acquainted with the history behind these artists, performers and more importantly the heart and soul of Project Pulse upcoming event.
Sudeep is an accomplished and a versatile choreographer who has undergone training in Hip-Hop and Jazz type of dance forms. The unique feature of his performances is the usage of these styles in an orthodox yet unique fashion. He has been in this domain for the past 10 years and has received formal training from Ashley Lobo, who happens to be the official choreographer of the song “Dhoom Machale” from the movie Dhoom. He has also undergone training for Hip-Hop with a mix from acclaimed choreographers Allan Frais (San Francisco based Hip-Hop star who made it to the final 12 for the show “So You Think You Can Dance”) and Micaya (Organizer of San Francisco Hip-Hop Festival). To add to this exposure, Sudeep has also received professional training from ACT (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco).
A fan of Michael Jackson and Madonna, Prathima’s interest in dance has taken her to all parts of the world since she began dancing to all forms of music. She can perform to any kind of beats and rhythm and has received training in Hip-Hop, Belly Dancing, Break Dancing and Contemporary forms. Her first ground breaking performance which got great reviews was in the showcase 8000 Miles Away which she choreographed. The emotions brought out in that piece was a mixture of Contemporary and Lyrical dance forms. She has also been performing at talent shows, music events and for many non-profit organizations like Udavum Karangal and Zingaris. Her past performances were with Summet (Canadian born R&B singer featured on MTV) at the NRI Global Pageant on the tunes of “Agony” and “Get On Your Feet”.
Having started from an early age of 5, watching himself dance in front of the mirror, Meet’s curiosity forced him to participate in lot of cultural events during school days and that interest in dance continued during his college days too. Coming to the US, he explored his passion for dance on various platforms, but then he came across the auditions of Project Pulse for their first production “Natya”. That really kicked off his talent and he right away knew that he had landed in the right place with Project Pulse. Since then, he has never looked back and has been an integral part of Project Pulse with his first major appreciation coming for his piece which he co-choreographed in PP’s last production “8000 Miles Away”. This year he is going to be one of the front choreographers in putting together a piece for PP’s upcoming event “Tathastu” and looks forward to capturing everyone’s hearts.
With his skills ranging in Western, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancing styles, Swapnil is a versatile dancer who has the knack of picking up new dance styles in a short period of time. At the age of 9 he found his interest in dance and went into choreographing at the age of 17 thus introducing the trend of Western form of dance in his school. He has numerous accolades to his name having won various competitions and gaining appreciation in Bollywood Taandav and the fusion dance in Little Stars show, Kalyanji and Anandji. He has represented SVNIT University in the National Dance Competition in 2003. He has a natural talent of attracting people in huge numbers all over the Bay Area too.
Beginning at the tender age of 2, Smita exploited her love for dance in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She started Bharatnatyam at the age of 5 and happened to be the youngest dancer in her hometown who has performed her Arangetram when she was 10. As she turned 13, she was fully involved in dancing styles spanning Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern and Break Dancing. Smita’s profile boasts of participating in over 200 performances in various parts of US, Canada and Europe. She has also departed her knowledge and skills by conducting dance classes in her high school and has been an active member of the South Asian and American dance groups wherein experimenting with Eastern-Western dance styles.
Kathak is what brought the dancing goddesses within Khyati to the front at the age of 8 and since then there has not been a single moment that she might have missed an opportunity to shake her legs and dance to all sorts of music. She is now well trained in Bollywood, Jazz, Contemporary and Ball-room dancing styles. She has been appreciated for her choreography and her personal performances in various cultural events. Having been associated with Project Pulse for 3 years now versatility is her biggest asset which she has gained since her joining PP. Sudeep Kumar has been her trainer for the past 2 years and Khyati looks forward to putting one more of her mesmerizing performances in this year’s showcase “Tathastu”.
Manisha took dancing as her career when she was 5 starting as a Bharatnatyam student of Viji Prakash who is the director of the Shakti School of BharatNatyam in Los Angeles. After completing her Arangetram in 1999, Manisha got the chance of touring with the Shakti Dance Company to various locations in the US, Canada and India. Other than the traditional Bharatnatyam, she has also loved dancing on Bollywood and Rass/Garba tunes. Since her joining Project Pulse in 2006, she increased her portfolio to include the Contemporary and Modern forms of dancing as well. Having been associated with PP, Manisha feels that it has been an extremely eye opening and rewarding experience which has reinforced the values of discipline, confidence and creativity in all forms of dance for her.
Nihal has been a performer since the age of 10, initially dancing to traditional folk styles such as Baila and Jive and then eventually moving towards South Indian songs in schools and other city level festivals. This was followed by giving performances in Bollywood and Western fusion forms of dance, as a part of “Ocean Kids” in Mangalore under the guidance of Vinod Sequeira, a notable choreographer. Currently Nihal is into choreographing funk style locking in dance thus implementing a Hip-Hop form of dance. He has been receiving training from ShyGuy (Soul Sector) in San Francisco for the past year and has been an integral part of Project Pulse for about a year and a half performing under Sudeep Kumar.
Nick started dancing at the ripe, young age of 18, during his freshman year of college. Thinking that being a part of a dance act would enable him to meet new people and learn more about his culture, he was not disappointed. Since then, dance has continually provided him a venue to engage with new friends while entertaining audiences. Nick has competitively and recreationally performed and choreographed many different South Asian styles of dance including Garba, Raas, Bhangra, and Bollywood/Filmi while also incorporating his American upbringing by adding a little Hip-Hop spice. Since joining Project Pulse in 2007, Nick has learned Modern and Contemporary styles of dance, and refined and expanded his Hip-Hop abilities by participating in both Ehsaas and 8000 Miles. He hopes to continue focusing and working hard with the end goal of wowing the audiences with a great performance in Tathastu!
Dancing has been as natural to her as breathing. After winning lots of prizes at numerous events she started her own venture in dancing lessons at a young age of 15. She choreographed Indian weddings end to end and managed all aspects of costumes and props apart from giving professional classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers, independently. She extended her passion for dancing into her college life where she was the choreographer for a group called “Nrityanjali” along with 7 dancers. The group won prizes in various intra and inter collegiate events all over India, including Nitrutsav’07 where her group was adjudged a winner by Rahul Saxena, renowned Salsa, Jazz and Hip Hop Dancer and a choreographer from Mumbai, India. Richa had also put together various prize-winning performances while she was working for Microsoft in Hyderabad, India. She had choreographed and performed at Microsoft’s renowned Annual Giving Campaign to raise over Rs.30,000 for charity in a single performance and her group had won the first prize at the renowned Utsaah 2008, an inter-corporate dance competition held in Hyderabad. She is trained in ballet and modern dance. In August 2008 she danced with Project Pulse for the first time in “8000 Miles Away” and has been working closely with Project Pulse ever since. Richa has been training under Sudeep for the past one year.
Koussalya started tapping her foot when she was 3 like most other kids and was eventually sent off to tap her feet in a dance class when she was 4. She started learning traditional south Indian Bharathanatyam from Guru Master, Selvam from then and went through rigorous training for 10 full years. She has won a National gold medal in the Bharathanatyam competition. Having learnt the basics she started doing folk numbers and western dances naturally for school functions and competitions. When she landed in US, she decided to formally learn other type of dancing and started with taking Fluid Flow(a mild form of ballet) dance class in Stanford. She has also performed for Asha for Education(non profit) with Zingaris. She came to project pulse to learn jazz and hip hop and was so much struck by the talent in PP that she decided to be a part of the PP family and here she is sharing the fun of dancing with a awesome group.
Since the age of 3, Renu regularly participated in cultural dance shows for Diwali and Ramnavmi at The Geeta Mandal of Indianapolis, the local temple where she grew up. During Middle School, Renu started making dance more than just a social past time and trained in Bharat Natyam for 3 years at The Kala Vikas Dance School. At high school, she placed into The Pike High School Mystiques, a competitive Show Dance Choir, where she learned Jazz and Broadway dance forms and competed with her team at State Level Championships. Watching old movies like Naache Mayuri to new movies including Madhuri’s tumkas or Aishwarya’s Nimbooda expressions, Renu had a liking for Bollywood dance the most and went on to participate in similar dance styles at Purdue ISA cultural events. After moving to the Bay Area, Renu found Project Pulse as an avenue to continue building her skills in contemporary, hip-hop, and locking dance styles. In 2007, she took part in Project Pulse’s Ehsaas production, and is now looking forward to being part of yet another great show: Tathastu.
Jaimy first started dancing in high school because she enjoyed moving to music, meeting new people and being part of a team. It was also the perfect excuse to miss Physics and History! Moving on to her undergrads she continued to follow her liking for dance and joined the inter-collegiate team. Along the way she has participated in many local and state level events. On moving to the Bay Area, it was a chance encounter that led to hearing about Project Pulse and after attending a workshop with them she knew this was where she would continue pursuing her passion for dance. It was her first time receiving any formal training in dance and she enjoys learning different styles and challenging herself. As part of the Project Pulse team, she has trained under Khyati Sheth, Nihal Sequeira, Sudeep Kumar and Swapnil Mehta in the styles of Hip Hop, Contemporary and Locking. She is psyched to be part of this talented team!
Burges grew up with a love of stage and theater. As a kid, he acted in several stage productions and even won “best actor award” across Bombay schools one year. His love for dancing emerged due to his passion for clubbing. When coming to the US he was enamoured by the freestyle street breakers and vowed to learn this skill someday. With no formal training his skills did not come close to his passion though and his dreams ran the risk of nver being materialised. He then saw a production by project pulse and decided to start training with them. His dream consists of leaving his job and breaking at the New York subway station for change 🙂 . Please be generous if you ever see him dancing on the streets with a tin can.
Bhoomi’s love for dance began in her childhood. She performed in various dances and Garba at her school functions, continuing to do so in the Undergrad college and then further continuing till her higher studies but something was missing which was professional training in any of the dance form. Then she found about Project Pulse and joined Khyati’s class followed by a selection in the auditions and then Sudeep’s workshop made it more comfortable. Finally as a part of Project pulse she is looking forward to learn more of Hip-Hop, Contemporary and many other forms of dancing.
Aarohi’s passion for dance started with dancing on folk songs and imitating dance steps of bollwood songs at the age of 7. She has won prizes at local garba competitions and has also participated in dance performances at school and college level. Aarohi has been a national champion in Artistic skating which has given her a contemporary touch. She has never missed an opportunity to dance. She started taking classes at Project Pulse as she wanted to learn different forms of dance and later took workshops to meet the standards of Project Pulse. She hopes that with the guidance of great choreographers and hard work, she can leave a positive impact on the viewers.
Anjali’s passion for dance began at the age of 8 when she joined the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, studying directly under her Guruji, Chitresh Das. During the 13 years she studied Kathak, she also trained in bhangra, bollywood, raas-garba, and experimented with other dance styles. Anjali choreographed and coordinated Bhangra, Kathak and Bollywood dances for Indus’s annual culture shows (UC Berkeley’s South Asian Student organization). She was also a member of UC Berkeley’s award winning Bhangra team in 2002, Raas-Garba team in 2003, and Hindi Film Dance team in 2004. Anjali joined Project Pulse this year with the hopes of expanding herself as a dancer and learning other forms of dance (hip hop, contemporary, jazz). Anjali believes dance is one of the purest forms of expression & creativity, and is excited to be a part of the Project Pulse team to share her love of dance!
For Nithya dancing is an art of creating positive energy, not just for the dancer but also for the spectator. She has been passionate about dance ever since she could stand on her feet. She has performed classical, folk and Bollywood style dancing at various dance festivals and cultural events during her under graduate studies. She has been classically trained in Bharathnatyam for 4 years and looks upto Smt. Alarmel Valli, a creative genius for inspiration. Nithya continues to learn Pandanallur style of Bharathnatyam and has performed at the Vasant Utsav under the guidance of Smt. Sneha Vivek. She has also actively performed and choreographed Bollywood style dancing with a fusion of Hip-Hop for the Indian Student Association and India Association of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins, Colorado. A casual online search for a dance group landed her in the perfect place, Project Pulse. The workshops and auditions conducted by Project Pulse have provided her with an enriching experience. As part of the Project Pulse team, she has been learning various styles of Hip-Hop like locking, breaking and popping and is thrilled to be part of the upcoming show “Tathastu”.
Esha Datta began her formal dance training at the age of 7, studying bharata natyam from her guru, Viji Prakash . After her arangetram in 1999, she performed regularly as a member of the Shakti Dance Company. In addition, Esha also grew up with a rich tradition of Bengali folk dance and performed in numerous community programs over the years. In college, she was a member of her school’s raas garba team and bharata natyam performance group and she also took advantage of the classes offered in the dance department to explore a wide variety of western dance styles. Esha owes much of her passion for dance to her mother, a lifelong performer and an accomplished folk and semi classical dancer who directed and choreographed dozens of productions. Project Pulse has given Esha a great way to expand her horizons and share her love for dance and she is very excited to be performing as part of the team.
Giridhar started dancing since the first day he remembers from his childhood (He used to dance not on the floor but on a table to get better attention). Since 3rd grade, he danced every year in the school Annual day functions. There was a huge gap between him and dance during 4 years of his college life. It resumed after he moved to University of Arizona, Tucson where he performed 2 dances shows. Dance has helped him to find good friends and made him popular among his friends in school and university 🙂 Giridhar has great passion for dance. As many, his inspiration is MJ and Prabhu Deva. Now recently he is greatly inspired by all the dancers and choreographers in Project Pulse team. Giridhar feels Tathatsu as his ‘first’ official performance even though he has danced on stage many times before. Because Project Pulse is unique and helps him to dance the way he wanted to do for a long time!
This was a post to encompass all the hard working, enthusiastic, devoted performers who are working hard day in day out, to put up a spectacular show “Tathastu” to be showcased in November. The next post shall talk about how Tathastu was formed and what imagination and creative ideas are driving this show which is bound to captivate the audience with its theme of 4 stories based on: Inspiration, Passion, Togetherness and The Inevitable.
Stay tuned to Project Pulse for more updates and for getting a feel of the first cut on what, why, when, where and how the stories would take you on a journey through a musical and dancing extravaganza.
Till then Adios.