Dancing rejuvenates your soul: Marzi Pestonji
Dance shows have become a regular feature on entertainment channels all across the world, but the craze which Zee TV’s ‘Dance India Dance’ has set off is just next to euphoria.
Ushering the wave of dance to an altogether different level with India’s highest rated dance based reality show ‘Lux DID Doubles’, one of the judges of the show and a remarkably talented dancer, Marzi Pestonji shares his views on ‘Lux DID Doubles’ and the fast developing interest in dance among common people with Bikas Bhagat of Spicezee.com.
Q. Please tell us something about your dancing experience? What’s your background of dance?
A. My dancing experience began with Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA), where I started off when I was very young. I have been in the field of choreography for eighteen years. I then moved on to contemporary Jazz, Tap and Ballet, and since then I have been practicing to master the moves, especially after holding this big responsibility of being a judge on India’s most popular dance reality show – ‘DID Doubles’!
Q. What has been your major accomplishment in life and how did you become the host of the ‘DID Doubles’?
A. I would consider my contribution in designing the choreography of the recently concluded the Common Wealth Games as the biggest high in my career. Besides that, I have a varied experience of choreographing and performing at global events of the stature like IIFA, Filmfare Awards and movies such as ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, ‘Taal’ and ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’.
Q. And how were you roped in as the host of the show?
A. I was approached by chance because Shiamak Davar was supposed to judge the show. But his dates did not match with the requirements of the channel, and this is when Shiamak roped me in and gave this idea to the channel.
Q. How does it feel to co-host ‘DID Doubles’ with Geeta Kapoor and Mithun Da?
A. The experience has been very nice till date with Geeta as well as my other co-host Rajeev Surti. We think differently, and come from different school of thoughts, and working together makes it more interesting. And what can I say about Mithun Da, he is an institution in himself. His vast experience is a guiding light for all of us. On the show, Da never leaves an opportunity to pull my leg, especially because of my language which is a kind of the mix of Gujarati, Hindi and English, but I am very sporting to all his comments. I believe that if you are making fun of others, then you need to take it with the same spirit when you happen to be on the receiving end.
Q. What do you think about Zee TV’s initiative to promote dance in India?
A. I salute this novel initiative. It is simply great to see this immense pool of talent in India. The effort to tap it and provide such a lively platform was much needed and Zee has executed it superbly. Many people now know what dance is all about; they understand the intricacies and the elements involved in dance.
Q. And what are those elements that one can get out of dance?
A. Well, apart from the fitness benefits, dance really rejuvenates your soul. It’s a great outlet for emotions inside you. For some people, the best way for them to express themselves is through dancing. And when you dance in a certain way it transcends in some respects and breaks down any boundaries or ideas or fears that you might have – especially from an experience, where you can’t speak the same language. In our show there are contestants from different parts of India, and they don’t speak the same language, but still we bond together through a common language called dance. Beyond any form of communication, dance is intimate and it is a spiritual thing as well.
Q. What’s your major source of inspiration, Marzi?
A. Here, I have to give credit to Shaimak Davar. He is my one and only source of inspiration. I got into dancing because of Shaimak. Being an exceptional dancer, he is an extremely good person. The man has taken dance in India to an international level. I am still awed when I see him dancing.
Q. What are your future goals with dance?
A. Well, given a chance I would love to go back to SDIPA and would also want to contribute my bit to the Victory Art Foundation started by Shaimak. VAF is committed to making dance a meaningful experience for ‘all’. This non profit organisation endeavours to use the power of ‘performing arts’ especially dance, to bring joy to the underprivileged, specially challenged, visually impaired and others.
Q. Thank you Marzi for speaking to Spicezee.com.
A. Well, it was pleasure.