Audience hai, platform nahi
Astad Deboo is the pioneer of Indian modern dance form and travels across the country, not only performing at events but also mentoring young talents.
However, he's amused by the lack of interest from the mainstream organisers and audience. “Classical dance here is a bizarre case of having audiences but not the desired platforms." The veteran also feels that television can make a huge difference.
"One can’t deny that reality shows are providing opportunities for dance forms like salsa, hip-hop and all but their roots are very much in foreign pop culture. On the other hand, our rich Indian culture is somehow getting neglected."