Jump, break, freeze

At the age of 18, Keith Dais had a plan. He wanted to create a platform for people to practice b-boying in Mumbai. His interest led him to meet, through a social networking site, 24 year-old Parithosh Parmar. “Parithosh and I became friends online. I saw some of the pictures of him b-boying, and added him as a friend immediately.”

Dais, now 23, slowly started increasing his network of people by meeting them online and forming a b-boying group called Underdog Kombat Crew in 2007. The crew consists of 10 members who call themselves the b-boys. In 2010, after several b-boy performances by Dais and the group members at major college festivals, Andheri Sports Complex agreed to host the event.

This is also when they changed the name of the group from the Underdog Kombat Crew to The Culture. Dais recalls, “We were only teenagers then, and it was quite tough. People used to think we were stuntmen. Sponsors didn’t know what b-boying was all about, so the initial years were fraught with a lot of struggle. But when we found a venue for the event, things started to fall in place and we decided to change our group’s name to The Culture.”

Hip-hop enthusiasts at the annual b-boying festival The Culture at Andheri Sports Complex

The main attraction at this event is Korean b-boying protége, Hyo Keun Kim (Physicx) from the Rivers Crew group who is known for his power moves. He has been invited to not only host the fest but also take special workshops on the underground dance form. “We are so excited to welcome Physicx to judge the festival. He was kind enough to come for the event just after his military training in Korea. I think it is going to be the best fifth anniversary celebration for The Culture.”

More than 90 people are expected from all over India, some of who have applied online, out of which only 16 will qualify. Dais adds, “Out of 16 qualifiers, we will choose the winner.” The winner gets a trophy and a special memento from The Culture. Commenting on his future plans Dais says, “We want to make The Culture international by not only inviting international judges and participants but also holding the jam in countries outside India.”

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