'TV makes talent believable'
New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) As a mass medium, TV is serving as a viable platform for youngsters and adults to showcase their talent, says choreographer Atul Jindal, who also runs a dance school in the capital.
"Television is the only medium through which people get to know you and see your talent. Then it's easy for them to believe your work," Jindal told IANS.
"People might not believe one's talent through hearsay, but if they see it on reality TV, they might believe it. It's a beginning for talented people, and these are the small things that help one start as a professional," he added.
Jindal heads capital-based The Big Dance Centre along with his business partner Karan Kumar. The centre imparts lessons in dance forms like kathak, salsa and hip-hop.
Of late, several dance-based shows have taken the small screen by storm. But winning or losing such shows doesn't guide one's career, said Jindal, who was also the official contemporary choreographer for "Dance India Dance Doubles" in 2010.
"It does not matter if one wins or loses. If one is good enough and has something that is different from other people, he or she will definitely get work. One might be the winner on a show, but if that person does not have a flair or that capability of going beyond the conventional, it's tough to get work," Jindal said.
Jindal and some of his dancers will soon be seen in Remo D'Souza's forthcoming film "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance". But for now, he is busy gearing for his company's Student Showcase 2012 Sunday.
It is the third edition of their showcase, bringing young and fresh dancers on stage.
"Everyone gets a chance to perform on stage in front of an audience of around 650. It's a huge confidence boost for them and for the parents, who feel their child is doing something worthwhile," he said.
The show will also give a few underprivileged children of Kiran Bedi's Navjyoti Foundation a unique experience of shaking a leg on the stage.
"We have 35 kids performing from that foundation and they are underprivileged kids who have never danced before. We have made them learn all the dance forms and they will be performing," he said.
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