Indian youth is more inclined towards western dance forms like B-boying, hip-hop and jazz and their interest in Indian classical forms is diminishing, laments choreographer Remo D’Souza, who couldn’t find any takers to release his film on Chhau dance.
“The whole scene has changed. People come to me and say, ‘I want to make my son a dancer’. We never had this. In my time, my father would have slapped me if I was to say I want to become a dancer. It’s a huge change,” Remo said.
“We try to promote Indian dance, but we know that people, majorly youth, doesn’t want to watch it. They prefer more western forms,” he added.Talking about his first directorial venture, Bengali film Lal Pahare’r Katha, he said: “I made my first Bengali film based on Chhau dance. I won a lot of praise for it in the US, Germany and other countries, but in India, nobody released that film.