Madhu Mohan, a sixth-semester student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the driving force behind the team. He is a choreographer as well as a dancer. With more than 12 prizes in its kitty, the team is now geared up for the VTU fest. “We mainly concentrate on Western and Indian contemporary style which requires perfect and fluent body language. We hardly do any hip-hop performances because they require a lot of practice and dedication,” says Madhu, who is one of the winners of Boogie-Woogie.
As usual, the members of the team are selected through the inter-department level audition, that takes place at the beginning of the academic year. “I am particular about my team. I expect discipline and commitment from my fellow mates. Every year, more than hundred students turn up for the audition, out of them I end up picking only 10 to 12 students,” he adds.
Priya, one of the team members, says that as a team, they have a strong bonding with each other. “We do have a lot of fun while rehearsing. The most funny guy of our team is Karthik and makes us roll in laughter. We share our food and we are like a family,” she says.
The team practises in the music room, classroom and the auditorium of the college. Their choreographic compositions include are Bhagavadhgeetha in which they portrayed the futility of wars and Tandava. “It is very difficult to give contemporary touch to epics. We should have the religious aspect in mind and we have to make it clear that we are not hurting any belief,” says Naveen Shankar, one of the team members.
There are many classical dancers in the team who have given solo performances in several inter-collegiate festivals. Mridula, Kavya and Archana are trained in Bharatanatyam whereas Remona is a Kathak dancer.