Nakul Dev Mahajan
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|Nakul Dev Mahajan|
September 15, 1975 |
|Years active||2003 - present|
|Current group||NDM Dance Productions and Studios|
Nakul Dev Mahajan (born September 15, 1975) is an American Bollywood dancer and choreographer best known for his choreography on So You Think You Can Dance. He is the founder and artistic director of NDM Dance Productions and Studios, a Bollywood dance company based in Artesia, CA.
Early life and background
NDM Bollywood Dance Productions and Studios
In 2003, Mahajan launched the NDM Bollywood Dance Productions and Studios, the first Bollywood dance school in the U.S., which has served over 3000 students since then. In 2015, 430 students and 20 members of the school's dance troupe performed Bollywood Travels (the annual student recital) for a total of 2700 audience members.
So You Think You Can Dance
Nakul Dev Mahajan is the first choreographer to bring Bollywood to the So You Think You Can Dance stage. His routine for Season 4 by Katee Shean and Joshua Allen spent a week atop YouTube’s “Most Viewed” list. Nakul was coaching team India at the Superstars of Dance on the NBC Network and choreographed six remaining crews at the ABDCrews (season 4).
Nakul Dev Mahajan is heavily influenced by classical indian dances while bringing to them Western styles like hip-hop, Latin and jazz. Due to his enormous activities in promoting Bollywood dance, Nakul is widely known as “Hollywood’s Favorite Bollywood Choreographer”.
White House Diwali Celebration
Following a tradition started by George W. Bush in 2003, an annual Diwali celebration takes place at the White House. For the 2013 edition of the White House Diwali celebration, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Bollywood dance workshop, instructed and choreographed by Mahajan. A photo of Michelle Obama dancing a Bollywood routine alongside Mahajan was cited as one of the top White House photos of 2013.
Miss America 2014 Pageant
Mahajan choreographed the Bollywood-Indian classical dance fusion routine performed by Nina Davuluri at the Miss America 2014 Talent competition; the routine was set to the song Dhoom Taana, originally featured in the movie Om Shanti Om. Davuluri's performance of this routine marked the first time a Bollywood dance routine had been performed on the Miss America stage.
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