Teacher's Day 2020: Choreographers on India's Best Dancer pay tribute to judges Geeta Kapur, Terence Lewis and Malaika Arora
Mumbai: Sony Entertainment Television's India's Best Dancer is ranked amongst the popular reality shows in the small screen circuit. As the competition level seems to be rising, the top contestants under the tutelage of their choreographers are leaving no stone unturned in presenting their best moves and showcasing novel themes through their acts. This weekend, the show has a lot in store for the audience to witness - wild card entry, Teacher's Day celebration and guests Shakti Mohan and Raghav will be welcomed. So, in the honour of Teacher's Day special all the choreographers of India's Best Dancer gave a tribute to the judges - Geeta Kapoor, Terence Lewis and Malaika Arora. The choreographers prepared a beautiful act on the song 'Jag Ghoomiya', which left the judges emotional.
Before beginning the performance, the choreographers came together and recited the shlok 'Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu' as a gesture of respect. As soon as the act got over, the judges were taken by surprise. Geeta and Terence couldn't stop smiling as they have either worked or trained these choreographers. As a mark of respect, even guests Raghav and Shakti joined them on stage and shared their sentiment towards the gurus, who have mentored them in their journeys.
Geeta Kapur said, "It was really overwhelming. You all believe that we are your gurus, but we learn something each day from you guys. God bless you all. I am actually short of words." She further added, "I would like to take this opportunity and thank my gurus - Farah (Khan) Ma'am, my mother, and a special thanks to Hema Malini Chairiji, my classical dance trainer, I learnt a lot from her." Terence Lewis said, "People often think that Guru makes a Shishya, but I believe in the phrase "A Child gives birth to a mother". You guys have never stopped working on yourselves or your craft! Sometimes when I watch contestants on our show, it inspires me to understand and appreciate the nuances of their style and makes me want to progress as a teacher n mentor to evaluate your incredible talent and that In turn teaches me to become a good teacher! Thank you so much for the love and respect." Geeta and Terence thanked them in their own signature styles. Malaika added, "We wouldn't have been here had it not been for our gurus from whom we learnt so much. You guys are the best and every time I see all of you, I feel I learn something from you'll. You'll are also my teachers. As I am not a trained dancer or a choreographer, but dance has been a big part of my life. Just keep doing the great work and you'll will always move forward in life."
Shakti Mohan said, "I had never thought of pursuing dance, but after I met Terence sir, my life changed. He has inspired me, he is always so involved while teaching and made sure he corrected wherever I went wrong. Even today, if I ask him about a step, he will perform it himself with such great energy. There is nobody like you, I do not think there ever will be. You have been so supportive and encouraging every time."
Raghav who has known Terence over the years, shared, "When I came to Mumbai for dance auditions, Terence sir had offered me to stay at his Bandra flat to live, but I said no as I wanted to live in his dance studio (laughs). I have lived in his studio during an entire dance season back then, I had my separate cosy room. Every morning Terence sir and his students used to rehearse, and I used to brush my teeth and do my morning routine looking at them. I have worked very closely with Terence sir and learnt a lot from him. Those were amazing days and an important phase of my life. And all the amazing parties that I have been to is because of Geeta Ma, 'Aisa Lagta Tha Apun Hi Bhagwan Hai'." Geeta immediately said, "Raghav has been Terence's student but he has spent more time with my friends and me, and we would party together."
Terence shared further that if he ever had a son, he would have wanted him to be like Raghav, and that's when Raghav went ahead to hug his mentor Terence. The two shared a very emotional moment.