Debaprio D Choudhury
New Delhi: Enchanted with Bollywood dance and inspired by actress Madhuri and Helen, she moved to Spain in 2005 to test whether the virgin market of this European country had any taste for the typically Indian genre of dance.
Seven years later this Briton of Indian-origin has found a steady flow of students willing to dabble in the fusion art of Bollywood dance.Meet Sneha Mistri, who has taken it upon herself to import the magic of Bollywood dance and music to Spain.
Given that Bollywood is relatively new to Spain, this dancer-choreographer says she did not find it too difficult to introduce the genre among the Spaniards.
Having moved to Spain permanently, Mistri started teaching dance in schools across Madrid and other cities there and says she got overwhelming response and Bollywood started making waves across Spain.
“When I arrived in Sapin seven years ago there was very little Bollywood. I started teaching in various schools and saw there was an opportunity and a market for this form of dance. Those who initially approached me were students of belly dance but now I am seeing people from all background of dance.
When Slumdog Millionaire came out, although we knew it was not a typical Bollywood movie, it opened the eyes of the general pubic and Bollywood became a big boom in Spain,” Mistri told PTI from Madrid her present home.
An avid fan of Madhuri Dixit, Mistri says “There is a massive interest in the Indian culture, the clothes, the food… and of course the dance. There wasn’t difficulties, it was a growth bit by bit over the years. I find the people here to be very open and interested in what I had to offer as a dancer and choreographer.”