The BAD salsa duo Samanth Moroju (20 years old) and Sonali Majumdar (15 years old) are talk of the town for representing India at Americas Got Talent 2020 and set the stage on fire!
The duo gave a jaw dropping performance on Dhatting naach and made the audience and star studded judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi klum and Sofia Vargara fall in love with them and praising them all the way.
Their stage name BAD is an acronym for Bivash Academy of Dance that they are associated with.
Meet the mentor, choreographer, instructor and founder of BAD, Bivash Chowdhury; whose dancing school is one of the best salsa dance academies in India.
Kolkata to Mumbai:
“I hail from Kolkata and started my career in 2007, got a chance to choreograph first season of Dance Bangla Dance for a regional channel and then subsequently participated in next two seasons as well. Shortly I was acknowledged and appreciated by many celebrities. After this success students from all over Bengal wanted to get trained from me so I actively started my dance school Bivash Academy of Dance (BAD). I formed a dance troupe with two of my students Akash and Donna and participated in Indias Got Talent in year 2011 and with public support BAD salsa was declared runner up.
We geared up for the next season and BAD Salsa participated through Sonali and Sumanth with full of energy and enthusiasm and bagged the winner’s trophy at Indias Got Talent. My students continued to win several dance shows so finally in year 2012, I moved to Mumbai as travelling was getting expensive for us.” recalls Mr Chowdhury.
Bivash became a popular name in dance community after this victory and achievement. In almost all dance reality shows on Indian television students of Bivash dance academy are among top three competing Contestants; BAD have choreographed many national and international events and have become a household name with their dynamic performance.
Salsation duo Sonali-Sumanth:
Sonali Majumdar is daughter of a farmer and belongs from a small village near Bangladesh border and Sumanth from Bhuvaneshwar, they used to travel to my place in Kolkata twice a week, sonali and her family had to travel for five hours to get to the institute. I could see the potential in her so after a lot of convincing, her parents agreed to let her stay with me and my wife so that she can train better.
The duo became a dancing pair by accident, when I was preparing Sonali for India’s got talent, her partner fell ill so I made Sumanth her partner and after that they never looked back. Both sonali and sumanth have worked together as a team for many years. It requires a high degree of coordination and trust between partners because if there is no trust between them they won’t be able to perform single step. When sumanth tosses sonali into the air, she needs to have the confidence that he will not let her fall when she comes back down. Their synchronization is fantastic and their hunger for dance is unthinkable, shares Bivash with Storymakers.
BAD World Gurukul:
These young dancers are living in ‘Gurukul’ – a dance school formed by me in Kolkata later shifted to Palghar in year 2012, where they get trained in dance. The Gurukul has got the state-of-art kind of infrastructure for Aerial Act Set-up with advanced technology and facilities; this is First in India in this category. Students practice for 8 to 10 hours in a day which includes two hours of workout, yoga meditation and exercise with intense training. Proper diet, academic studies and sleeping hours are scheduled as well. We have a strict program in Gurukul and everyone follows it seriously. The artist in my academy eat sleep breathe dance. They are trained and encouraged in a proper way to bring the best out of them inspiring to raise the graph of performance.
My students have performed in every prominent platform in India as well as abroad, BAD salsa’s win includes India’s Got Talent, Jhalak dikh laja season 6, Dance Champions by Remo D’souza, Britan’s Got Talent in 2019 and recently we appeared for the auditions of Americas Got Talent. What makes BAD salsa stand out is the speed and signature steps with mixture of acrobats,hip hop, trapeze with salsa.
It was dreamlike watching Sonali and Sumanth perform on the stage of America’s Got Talent, I had been fantasizing this for years, I had to pinch myself to believe it was real; they even progressed to the next round, laughs Bivash.
Check out their performance video.
Woah, he spins her like a fidget spinner!
This video has gained over 7.5 million views with more than 1.8 lakh reactions and close to 51000 shares, isn’t it awesome!
The subsequent rounds of the competition will be held online due to pandemic and if the duo progress to following rounds they will have to travel to the US.
“My aim is to make my students’ outshine in the province of dance which will benefit them in establishing their career in the professional field and I wish to put India on the world map through my students as international dancers.
Indeed BAD salsa is winning the hearts and making India proud with their breathtaking performance.
Americas Got Talent season 15 streams exclusively in India on Voot select from May 29th and airing soon on Colors Infinity.
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Photo Credits: Bivash Chowdhury
(Written by Raavya Sarda)