Los Angeles, Aug 17: Indian troupe Desihoppers – a group from across the country – has emerged victorious at the World of Dance competition here.
The troupe, initiated by trio Shantanu Maheshwari, Macedon D’mello and Nimit Kotian, crossed borders to make the natIon proud on foreign shores, just a day after the Indian Independence Day.
India’s spirit of “unity in diversity” was very much in evidence as the group – men in their early 20s wearing white outfits with tricolour handbands – gyrated to ‘desi’ beats.
They staged an energetic performance by starting off with a formation of Lord Ganesha and then providing a glimpse of Indian classical dance.
After the “Ganpati Bappa Morya” religious chant, the troupe switched to fusion mode with international hits like “I got the power”, “Turn down for what” and “Old McDonald had a farm”.
The performance also saw a blend of western music on dhol beats. Salman Khan’s “Kick” song “Jumme ki raat hai” became instant hits.
The group not only got a standing ovation, but the audience was seen reaching out to the dancers after the performance to applaud their effort.
Before the performance, when this correspondent caught up with a group of Indians born and brought up in US, they were all charged up to see the Desihoppers’s dance.
The competition was judged by ace international dancers Matt Steffanina, Galen Hooks, Arnel Calvario, Jun Quemado and Beau Fournier.