Ballroom dancers, Amit Rajput and Sakshi Kurtarkar won the ‘Ultimate Talentbaaz’ title of India Banega Manch (IBM) television reality show which concluded recently. NT BUZZ speaks to these winners to know more about their experience during the show and more
SACHI NAIK| NT BUZZ
Ponda-based dancers, Amit Rajput and Sakshi Kurtarkar were crowned with the title ‘Ultimate Talentbaaz’ on the recently concluded show India Banega Manch (IBM) which was telecasted on a popular entertainment channel.
The two say that they were not very sure of winning as Goa is a small place with much lesser population than other states. However, they admit that it was only the Goan votes that they were majorly banking on. “If it was not for Goans, I believe we would not have been able to win the show. I thank all Goans and our followers for their love and support. Winning the title for Goa was our dream and that dream has come true,” says Sakshi.
For Amit and Sakshi the announcement of winners was a jaw-dropping moment for them. The two were previously semi-finalists of television reality show ‘India’s Got Talent Season 5’ and have qualified in the top six wild card entries in dance reality show ‘Dance Plus’.
At the finale of IBM, both performed salsa on a Marathi song. “Our basic concept while performing on the show was to synchronise Latin styles on traditional Indian music. We selected traditional Indian music like Punjabi Bhangra and performed salsa on those beats,” Amit says, mentioning that they spent hours rehearsing for the act. He adds: “We would practice our act throughout the day, each session lasting for three hours to make sure that we did not injure ourselves while practising.”
Lifts and tricks have been the wow factor in their dance performance since the beginning that helped them win the show. Both of them choreographed their own dance. “Our lifts and tricks impressed the crowds. It is not an easy task, especially when you qualify for the finale. There is a lot of pressure and you have to give your best in your next act and we did it,” says Amit.
Amit currently conducts training for school children in dance forms such as hip-hop, Bollywood and contemporary; while Sakshi is pursuing her final year BCom.
After receiving a positive response from the National audience, both the dancers dream to represent India at the international dance competition, ‘World Latin Dance Cup’.
Amit says that it was his prolonged dream to represent India at a prestigious dance competition ‘World Latin Dance Cup’. “We qualified but unfortunately due to financial crisis we were unable to go abroad. Now we will utilise the prize amount won at the show to represent India at the ‘World Latin Dance Cup’.”
Sakshi talking about balancing her studies and dance says: “Without compromising my third year, I will grab all the opportunities that come my way. Recently on July 6, we won IIDC (India International Dance Congress) in Bangalore. It is a qualification jackpot to represent India at the ‘World Latin Dance Cup’. We are rehearsing for the competition that will be held in December 2017 in Miami, United States (US). If we win ‘World Latin Dance Cup’, we will be the first proud Indians to do so.”
Thanking the people for wholeheartedly supporting them throughout the journey, Sakshi who is a trained classical dancer says: “Reality show ‘IBM’ had no judges, but the audience and passerby’s who waited to watch the performances were counted and thus added to the points for our performance. However, after qualifying for semi-finals, it was told to us that the winners of the finale would be decided based by the judges and on voting by viewers.”