Fusion dances, especially Indo-Western ones, are entertaining to watch. In one such video, three dancers wearing green sarees with waist-length braids and white jasmine flowers tucked into their hair can be seen dancing to American rapper Lil Wayne’s song. Uproar. They move fluidly from Hip-Hop to Bharatnatyam, creating a one-of-a-kind fusion of the two diametrically opposed dance forms.
This Hybrid Bharatnatyam video by choreographer Usha Jey is going viral on the internet. The one-minute, 20-second video wins people’s hearts by exquisitely blending cultural boundaries. And on the face of it, social media can’t get enough.
Usha Jey, a Sri Lankan choreographer based in Paris, is one of the three dancers featured in the video. She captioned the video, “What the fuck? Where does the love go?
Watch the video here:
— Usha Jey (@Usha_Jey) May 22, 2022
So far, the video has been viewed over 6.59 lakh times and over 17,000 users have liked it.
In a later tweet, Ms Jey said she called it “#HybridBharatham”, and added, “It’s my way of switching between hip-hop and bharathanatyam, 2 dances I love, learn and respect “.
i call it #HybridBharatham and it’s my way of alternating between Hip-Hop and Bharathanatyam, 2 dances that 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 even commented on the video, liking how the two styles were fused together.
One user wrote: “I’m generally against experiments like this, but this one is dope.”
I’m usually against such experiments but this one is great.
Good job to the dancers for performing it without cringe.https://t.co/XGBJCKAymM
— ג׳יקוב | |یعقوب | ജേക്കബ് | Jacob (@Jacobji01) May 24, 2022
Another user, who thought it was “exceptional” and “awesome”, wanted to see Ms. Jey perform live one day.
Saw this on another stream with credits to you….OMG..outstanding..brilliant and speechless…expressions, emotions, attitude…love it all!!! I would love to see your show in person one day..
— Shamil Ali Mohammed (@Shamil_Ali) May 23, 2022
A third user wrote, “Hip-hop can be amazing 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 amazing when mixed with another style
I love your choreography ????
— ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴀɴᴅᴀɴᴛ John Koenig ???????????????????? (@Dextramorphan) May 23, 2022
One user felt the way the dancers changed their “facial expressions with body language” was a treat to watch.
According to the two forms, changing their facial expressions with body language is a treat and the fusion is awesome.
— Priyanka Ramban (@PriyankaRamban) May 24, 2022
Adding a witty twist to the mix of the two cultures, one user wrote, “Dosa with KFC filling.”
Ms. Jey started her “Hybrid Bharatnatyam” series in December 2019, and so far there have been five episodes of the same.
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