Therefore the creation of dance performance for the masses came into existence, which is the Bharatiya Natyashastra, a sacred treatise on dance.
Dancing is crucial to India, because dance is such an important part of the Indian psyche. The Hindu faith which is regarded as being a way of life states that the very Universe was created through the dance of Lord Shiva, and that its preservation, destruction and further creation is all part of the harmonious dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance.
Bollywood films as a medium brought various dance forms to the masses. In a vast subcontinent like India, Bollywood at one time was the sole ambassador of all the classical forms especially to dancers who did not have access to see and learn many dance forms because of their geographic location or cultural background.
Bollywood dance, is often set to songs which are potent with meaning. Hence the dance, while being fun and energetic and an amalgamation of various styles from all over the world, has to retain its original gestural language, in order to express the lyric content of the song, which will then bring the story or mood of the film to the desired level. In Bollywood movies, the dancer or the actor has to feel, interpret and act the storyline or the lyric content of the song to take the story forward.
For my item song “Jai Gangajal” that was what was desired of me and that’s precisely what I did. I was my natural self and was seamlessly woven into the film with ease. Admittedly, cinematic dance requires lots of takes and retakes it has been a wonderful experience so far.