ED: How would you define ‘Komal Mehta’: A Dancer, Wedding Choreographer, Anchor, Entrepreneur, or an Actor?
Komal: At the stage where I am now: I don’t want to define myself as just A Dancer’ – it confines my identity. Thus, I call myself an ‘Artist’ – to be more Wholistic.
I’ve been on stage since childhood, doing dance and theatre. I am trained in both classical dance as well as music, and I’ve also achieved my Master’s Degree from USA. After finishing my MBA, I started my dance workshop USA; besides, I also performed and choreographed shows there. Later after taking a sabbatical, I came to Mumbai to start my own Dance studio. I didn’t a little bit theatre in English as well as Regional languages with Alyque Padamse, Gary Richardson etc. In addition, I also choreographed and organized a few wedding/sangeet shows.
Art has just grown inside me, it matured from dance to photography to acting and now I have been anchoring stage as well as TV show in both US and India. These are the roles, which form an integral part of my life without hierarchy, and this collectively defines me as, ‘Komal Mehta’.
ED: What is the USP of Komal Mehta’s Dance Classes and Workshops?
Komal: At the Komal Mehta’s Dance Studio, we teach Contemporary Folk and semi-classical dance on peppy bollywood numbers. We have also incorporated the Yoga stretches and unique meditation techniques to distress.
Each session of duration, 1-hr 20-mins, starts with a meditation exercise, which helps warding off the anxiety and help you concentrate. It is then followed by the Yoga stretches to do away with the stiffness as well as warming up the student’s mind and body for hour-long dance training. After the dance, we incorporate few unique meditation techniques, which help a student’s mind and body to unwind and relax. Therefore, my idea is to not only teaching about the classical or contemporary dances, but a ‘Wholistic Approach’ to make them experience a positive difference while they become complete through dancing. I teach dance on the peppy bollywood number, because I don’t want my students to learn dance as an exercise, but want them to enjoy it completely. I make it a point to ensure that every student gets a chance to be on the stage at least once, every three months. This is because I feel that dance is not something that confines you to four walls in a studio, but it’s how you enjoy yourself while performing it and how you communicate with others while enjoying it. ‘It’s about finding and enjoying one’s personal space in universe through dancing.’ This in turn helps my students build confidence as a dancer and as an individual. Therefore, I stage my dance shows frequently.
Therefore, if you spend even a single week in my class, then it would immensely help your mind as well as body, and have a greater effect than spending a week gymming. Each of my class’ sessions help students to connect with their ‘True Authentic Self’ via dance, and then connect positively with the world. This attitude then helps them give their 100% in life without pushing themselves too much.
Therefore, Komal Mehta’s dance class is a ‘Wholistic Approach’ for confidence and personality development through dance. And that’s the USP of Komal Mehta’s Dance Studio.
ED: When did you discover your passion for dance?
Komal: I have been learning classical dancing, Bharatnatyam, since I was 5 years old. The stage has been a comfortable platform for me since earlier years. My first stage performance was at the age of three, I was playing the lead in a kids’ professional musical play (Nritya Natika) at Bhavans Theatre. I am grateful to my dance guru Mrs Jayshree Rajgopala for making the dance as an integral part of my existence.
ED: Your forte is Contemporary Folk and Semi Classical, which are considered very tough, and require perfection. Why did you choose these dance forms over the others?
Komal: From my earlier years, the focus was on Indian Classical and specifically Bharatnatyam. Moreover, during my stay in USA, I was introduced to the Western and other international dance forms. The more I learned and understood the other dance forms, the more I appreciated our Indian heritage and culture. Once I returned from USA, I slowly shifted and completely focused on my passion for dance.
I also believed that to grow in any field you must live and adapt according to the present time; but at the same time always remember your roots. Hence, to make it more contemporary for the current generation, I incorporated bollywood moves into our traditional folk and classic dance forms. This ways they can fully enjoy themselves while dancing, connect with their inner self while falling in love with themselves and their own bodies during these sessions.
This is one of the main reasons I incorporated the peppy songs into my dance sessions. Therefore, my students don’t do it like a chore, but like something they enjoy doing. Mine is a ‘Wholistic Approach’ towards the mental peace and rejuvenation of my students. I work for their individual personality development, growth and happiness.
ED: What and how is ‘Komal Mehta’ as a BRAND, looking to grow further? Do you also aspire to work for Bollywood Movies?
Komal: Being a dancer, studio owner, wedding choreographer and an anchor, I always look into staging Indian culture and bollywood internationally. I have organized shows in few cities across USA and now I’m keen to explore further in Mumbai, US, Canada etc.
I aspire to achieve an international platform for my dance workshops, wedding choreography and anchoring.
The reality and day-to-day experience in the life inspire me. So, more the exposure for me the more will be my personal growth. This in turn, this exposure transforms into the ideas in my brain, which helps me in my innovative approach during the dance workshops, choreography and anchoring skills. I am keen to avail the uniqueness and benefits of my dance workshops to as many people as I can, nationally as well as internationally.
Yes, in the meantime if I get a chance to choreograph in bollywood, that’ll be the cherry on the cake. One needs to have passion in them, to keep them going and growing in life.
Therefore, for me, ‘Stage’ is my ‘World’ and I’m trying to make ‘World’ as my ‘Stage’. It’s about finding and enjoying one’s personal space in the universe.
ED: How is Komal as an individual, and how does she relax when she’s not dancing?
Komal: As an individual, I believe living in the present and take each day as it comes, with a positive attitude. One needs to enjoy every day, and try living to the fullest. They must also keep their goal in life in mind will taking care of their personal wellbeing.
For me dance is a way to live life, it has become an integral part of my existence. I love dancing, choreography and anchoring. Therefore, that’s what I do and enjoy doing the most in my life. It helps me connect with the inner ‘Me’ and in turn connect positively with this world as well as help me being positive in life.
Therefore, dance is not my work or my job; it’s a way of relaxation for me.
KOMAL MEHTA’s DANCE STUDIO
Workshops in India & USA’ : Contact = 8655295784/9820968073
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