| Participants showcase their skills during the audition on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Feb. 27: Ganesh Mandir stadium buzzed with excitement and activity today as youngsters waited for their turn to audition for India’s Dancing Superstar, a national-level dance reality show, to be aired on a Hindi channel.
“Hurray, we are selected, we are selected,” cried an excited teenager as the presenter announced the participants who made it to the second level of the audition. The selected dancers rushed for the next round, while their mothers tagged along in a cheerful mood.
“Are you ready darling? Hurry, it is your turn now,” said a mother to her little daughter, who resembled a doll in her silver costume.
About 1,500 participants from across the Northeast auditioned for the show today. Though the programme has no age bar, participants here comprised mostly youngsters.
Inside the main stadium, scores of participants waited for their turn for the auditions that began at 9 in the morning. In fact, they had started pouring in since early morning.
“I am auditioning for the first time and I will present contemporary dance,” said nine-year-old Leon Kaushik Deka in his bright costume and pink cheeks.
“My friends and I staged a classical dance in the first level of the auditions. We have been practising hard for the past few days and hope that we are selected for the next round in Calcutta,” said 13-year-old Nitya Gohain, while she stood in a huddle with her group, waiting in anticipation for the results.
“The Northeast has great talent in terms of dancing. While many participants performed classical dancers, there were other who were equally good in hip-hop and other contemporary dances,” said a channel source.
Eleven-year-old Simoni Sarma said this audition was a ticket to fulfil her dream of becoming a dancer. She has auditioned for similar dance reality shows twice before. “I will present a contemporary dance today. I had auditioned for the reality shows — Dance India Dance and India’s Got Talent earlier but did not get selected. I just hope I am selected for the show today,” she said.
But when asked why she was dressed in a traditional ghagra for contemporary dance, pat came the reply, “I will be dancing in the Bollywood style.” Another participant, Kironmoyee Das, said, “I have auditioned before for reality shows aired on Assamese television channels. But this time, I am trying my luck at a national-level dance reality show.”
While outsiders were not allowed inside the gates, many people could be seen waiting on the footpath trying to get a glimpse of the performances.
“Dance reality shows are very popular and really good dancers compete in them. So, I came here along with my friend in the hope of watching some of the participants. But we were not allowed to go inside and the auditions are also taking place behind closed doors,” said a dejected Anurup Baishya, a college student.