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September 17, 2013

Boogie Master

Text by Nasrin Modak Siddiqi.

The boy with two left feet, Sourabh Soni, now choreographs big fat Indian weddings

It’s hard to imagine that 10 years ago dancing wasn’t choreographer Sourabh Soni’s cup of tea. “I joined a dance class to give company to a friend who wanted to lose weight. In less than a month, I wanted to take it up professionally,” says the dance composer who has been trained in salsa by professionals like Kenzo from France and Kaytee from Italy. When he started his company Studio Raas, he wasn’t keen on Bollywood dancing but after “participating in reality shows and assisting choreographers, I realised that in India, there’s no better way to express yourself than swaying on a Bollywood number. Everyone wants choreographed numbers at their wedding functions with the latest trend being performing salsa and hip hop on Bollywood numbers”.

The 27-year-old has made business families like the Jindals, Bindals and Guptas of New Delhi groove to trendy songs. He invests time in “conceptualising a storyline based on the couple’s love story”. For him, the best thing about weddings are the practice sessions. “Watching families bond over food, listening to their jokes can be overwhelming. You begin to feel like a part of their unit.”

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