All roads led to the Shanmukhananda Hall on Saturday where the dance extravaganza, "Summer Funk 2012" presented by Shiamak Davar International (SDI). The most prominent attractions of the evening were Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhary and Shekhar Ravjiani who attended the event to cheer on their family members participating in the show. Also gracing the event was Smita Thackeray who was seen clapping along and enjoying the performing arts experience.
“The best training school in the world to foray into the performing arts, this is the perfect place where I wanted my daughter to learn to dance and perform like a super star. There is no better teacher than Shiamak and our association goes back a long way” praised Shah Rukh. “I am here today only because Shah Rukh trusted me and made me do 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai'. Gauri who has danced with me and done shows with me is such a talent. Shah Rukh’s humility makes him a true star”, said Shiamak. Dancing to a Bollywood number, Suhana has got her right foot forward and Shiamak will make sure she gets her dancing shoes on! Shahid who felt at home, said that this is where he started from, and the 5 years spent teaching and dancing with Shiamak are probably the most positive years in his life. ‘Shahid truly understood the spirituality behind the way I work and has imbibed that in himself as well. I feel like so proud of him now that he is such a big star’ commented Shiamak. Shahid’s brother Ishaan looks like he is walking in his brother’s footsteps with an equivalent talent for dance and chocolate boy charm.
The night was filled with surprises when Shiamak presented the stars with a special piece choreographed by him, in his trademark, Shiamak Style. The evident technique, training and talent of his dance company left the stars and the audiences in complete awe. This was followed by the biggest surprise, a preview of Shiamak's brand new, yet unreleased, music video. Yes, years after a successful stint at singing Shiamak’s new album is ready for release this June and the video was a testimony to Shiamak’s versatility as a singer and dancer. Students of all groups from across Mumbai presented a variety of styles, Shiamak Style (contemporary), Shabop (Hip Hop and Street Funk) and Bollywood Jazz. For Shiamak, the Summer Funk show gives each student an opportunity to be on stage and feel like a star! Shiamak’s motto "Have Feet. Will Dance." assures that everyone can dance. From toddlers aged four to senior citizens of eighty four, the Summer Funk show had thousands of performers who quite literally came out of their shell and lived their passion. Shiamak’s biannual Funk shows (Summer Funk and Winter Funk) have grown to become a favorite activity for all. And now the success of Summer Funk will be followed by Summer Funk 2 - A Tribute to Michael Jackson, in the month of the legend’s demise. Giving his students a complete performing arts experience, this show was just a beginning of their journey in the dance world. Creating superstars through the years, Shiamak’s eye for talent is always on the look out for the country’s next star!