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Dressed for the occasion, this tiny tot made for one mover and shaker with the little lady for company
Mahima Chaudhary let the sticks do the talking

WHAT: Dandiotsav, partnered by t2.

WHERE: Nalban Boating Complex, Gate No. 6.

WHEN: October 21-23.

STAR POWER: Bolly girls Mahima Chaudhary and Sonal Chauhan upped the tempo on Saptami and Ashtami, respectively. While Pardes heroine Mahima matched steps with Dholi taro, Jannat star Sonal grooved to Chunari chunari. On Navami night, slo-mo dance king Raghav Juyal, better known as Cockroaz, set the floor on fire. The 21-year-old from Dehradun, who combines crocodile and cockroach movements in his dance, swayed to Disco deewane and Ainvayi ainvayi. “Cockroaz even taught the crowd a few of his signature steps,” said DJ Ravi of Global Events and Project Sunshine, one of the organisers, who spun his own hitlist.

The playlist: “We played hardcore Bollywood music. Student of the Year topped the list. The crowd never tired of Radha and Disco deewane,” said DJ Ravi.

Organiser speak: “About 3,000 people attended our Dandiya on Saptami. The numbers almost doubled on Ashtami. On Navami, footfalls crossed 9,000!” added Ravi.

WHAT: Jhalak 2012, partnered by t2.

WHERE: Nalban Boating Complex, Gate No. 1.

WHEN: October 21-23.

STAR POWER: Jism 2 star Sunny Leone showed up on Saptami, looking red-hot in an Anarkali and flashing a smile. Keeping her company was husband Daniel.

THE PLAYLIST: “Since it was more of a disco crowd, we played Bolly remixes along with some Falguni Pathak tracks. Cocktail and Honey Singh’s songs, with a bit of dhol music, kept the people on the floor,” said DJ Kunal Bose.

ORGANISER SPEAK: Navami drew the most crowd, with footfalls touching the 7,000 mark. “We were supposed to wrap up by midnight every day but we had to push back the deadline to 1am on public demand!” said Abhishek Jalan, director of Clairvoyance Events, which organised the event.

WHAT: Dandiya Raas 2012, presented by New Heights Classy Events and partnered by t2.

WHERE: Mani Square, Penetti Banquets.

WHEN: October 20-23.

STAR POWER: Gia Manek of STAR Plus’s Saath Nibhana Saathiya on Saptami and Pakistani siren Veena Malik on Ashtami. While Gia shook a leg to Desi girl, Veena picked up a pair of Dandiya sticks and showed the revellers her jhatkas and matkas.

THE PLAYLIST: Here, too, tracks from Student of the Year and Cocktail spun by DJs Lil’ B and Sumit Shetty were the floor favourites.

ORGANISER SPEAK: “We had traditional Dandiya at the banquet and disco Dandiya on the terrace. Though there was no celebrity or star DJ on the last day, the crowds kept coming in. The last two days witnessed footfalls of more than 3,000,” said Mahesh Kumar Vyas, one of the organisers.

WHAT: Gurukul Dandiya Mahotsav, partnered by t2.

WHERE: Swabhumi.

WHEN: October 21-24.

STAR POWER: Ritvik Dhanjani, who plays Arjun in Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta, was a hit with the crowd as he grooved to songs like Subah hone na de. The cute li’ Amrita Mukherjee (Pihu of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain) drew cheers from the crowd for her jhatkas. Among other celebs who shook a leg were Siddharth Bharadwaj (MTV VJ and Bigg Boss 5 contestant) and Sagarika Ghatge (of Chak De! India).

THE PLAYLIST: “The most popular numbers played at Rang Darbar were Go Go Govinda, Honey Singh songs and Salman Khan songs, like Banjaara and Dhinka chika. Rang Manch had live singers performing traditional Gujarati songs,” said Mayank Joshi of Shree Raghav Entertainment, the event organisers.

ORGANISER SPEAK: “We had a crowd of approximately 30,000 people over four evenings. Urban Zone was where people relaxed as they watched others dancing on LED screens. Navami was the most crowded with about 8,800 people dropping by,” said Mayank.

Text: Shubhi Tandon

Pictures by Prosenjit Biswas and Rahul Das