Fusion dances, especially Indo-Western ones, are entertaining to watch. In one of those videos, three dancers in green saris with waist-length braids and white jasmine flowers in their hair can be seen dancing to the song of American rapper Lil Wayne. commotion† Moving smoothly from hip-hop to Bharatnatyam, they create a unique fusion of the two diametrically opposed dance forms.
This Hybrid Bharatnatyam video by choreographer Usha Jey is going viral on the internet. The 1-minute, 20-second video captures people’s hearts as it beautifully blends cultural boundaries. And it looks like social media can’t get enough of it.
Usha Jey, a Paris-based choreographer from Sri Lanka, is one of three dancers in the video. She captioned the video, “What the f-though? Where does the love go?”
Watch the video here:
— Usha Jey (@Usha_Jey) May 22, 2022
So far, the video has been viewed more than 6.59 lakh times and more than 17,000 users have liked it.
In a subsequent tweet, Ms Jey said she called this “#HybridBharatham” adding: “This is my way of switching between Hip-Hop and Bharathanatyam, 2 dances I love, learn and respect”.
I call this #HybridBharatham and this is my way of switching between Hip-Hop and Bharathanatyam, 2 dances I love, learn and respect. My goal is to keep the essence of every dance and create something that does justice to who I am.
— Usha Jey (@Usha_Jey) May 23, 2022
Many people have even commented on the video, appreciating the way the two styles have been merged.
One user wrote: “I’m generally against such experiments, but this one is dope.”
I’m generally against such experiments, but this one is dope.
Well done to the dancers for performing it without flinching.https://t.co/XGBJCKAymM
† |یعقوب | † Jacob (@Jacobji01) May 24, 2022
Another user, who thought this was “exceptional” and “brilliant”, wanted to see Ms. Jey perform live one day.
I saw this on another feed credited to you…OMG…exceptional…brilliant and speechless…expressions, emotions, attitude…I love it all!!! I would love to see your show in real life.
— Shamil Ali Mohammed (@Shamil_Ali) May 23, 2022
A third user wrote: “Hip-hop can be incredible when mixed with another style”.
A few years ago I discovered classical music/dance mixed with hip-hop in Swan Lake, reloaded by FREDRIK RYDMAN`S
1 month ago I discovered Folia by Mourad Merzouki
Hip hop can be incredible when mixed with another style
I love your choreography ????
— John Koenig ???????????????????? (@Dextramorphan) May 23, 2022
One user found the way the dancers “changed their facial expressions with body language” a joy to watch.
According to both forms, changing their facial expressions with the body language is a treat and the fusion is dope though.
— Priyanka Ramban (@PriyankaRamban) May 24, 2022
A witty take on the mixing of the two cultures, one user wrote, “Dosa with KFC filling.”
Ms Jey started her series ‘Hybrid Bharatnatyam’ in December 2019 and so far there have been five episodes of it.
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