Friday, October 11, 2013

Dance India Dance Season 4 Unveils its 3 New Masters

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Ever since India’s No. 1 dance reality show ‘Dance India Dance’ announced the countrywide auditions for its fourth season, there has been much speculation about what’s new on DID this time around! Audiences across the country have waited eagerly to find out if DID will repeat its famous judge trio or will there be new mentors to judge Season 4?    

While Geeta Kapur, Remo D’souza and Terence Lewis will remain an inseparable part of the DID family, it’s time now to welcome some young blood onto the panel of judges who will lend a new dimension to ‘Dance India Dance’ and drive the country towards creating a new dance movement! Here’s presenting the three new mentors …

He is the man behind some of the most iconic steps you’ve seen the very Dabangg Salman Khan groove to! A talent discovered by Salman, Mudassar Khan is the superstar’s first choice for choreographing all the racy, popular item numbers across films like Bodyguard, Dabangg 2 and Ready. He is also credited with the current rage ‘Party All Night’ from the film ‘Boss’. Apart from film choreography, Mudassar also runs his own Hip Hop School and owns the very famous Hip Hop troupe called ‘Sharpshooterz’. At just 26 years of age, he is the youngest of the 3 new masters and is fondly called the “Master Blaster” for his spirited, sporty attitude.

Belonging to a family of choreographers, Shruti Merchant has dance in her blood! She began her career assisting sister Vaibhavi Merchant in choreographing films like Dhoom 1, 2 and 3, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Aaja Nach Le, Kal Ho Na Ho and Devdas amongst others. For the past five years she has toured countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, U.K, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, China, Singapore and Thailand  with the theatrical musical “The Merchants of Bollywood”. She recently won a Best Choreographer Award for her debut song ‘Thug Le’ in ‘Ladies Vs. Ricky Behl’. A powerhouse of energy and an utterly vivacious chatter-box, Shruti warms your heart from the word “Go!”. Trained in Bharatnatyam and Kathak, Shruti has a commendable prowess over Indian dance forms. Producing and directing India’s first ever international theatrical musical production – ‘Taj Express’, Shruti comes with immense knowledge of training dancers.



He started his career in 1996 as an assistant to ace choreographer Farah Khan. Ever since, there has been no looking back for Feroz Khan who is credited with smash hits like Maa Da Laadla from Dostana and Move Your Body from Johnny Gaddaar. With plum projects like Agneepath, Ra.One, Aisha, Anjaana Anjaani and Fukreyto his choreography credit, Feroz is certainly making waves in the industry. Being the most experienced judge on the panel, Feroz is a man of few words and shares his pearls of wisdom in his own inimitable style.

Speaking of the new judge trio, Ajay Bhalwankar, Head-Content, Hindi GECs, ZEEL said, “We are proud of our choices for the fresh panel of mentors on Dance India Dance Season 4. Each of them comes with an impressive body of work in the field of dance. But, above all,  it is their passion for dance that has landed them these coveted positions on our panel of judges. At ZEE, we believe in making celebrities out of deserving talent. Geeta, Remo and Terrence were not household names when we signed them on for DID, but look where they are today! It is our mentors’ fervor for dance that will drive millions of enthusiasts across the country to ‘dance it out’! Each of them has their own unique personality and together, they’re a lethal combination.”

Even as the passion, the frenzy, the camaraderie, the rehearsals, the victories, the disappointments, the hosts, the judges and above all, the spectacular dancing talent return with renewed vigor in the latest season of the show, watch this space for more on ‘Dance India Dance Season 4’!

Libyan PM freed after hours of captivity

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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan after spending  several hours in captivity  of a ‘former rebel’ militia kidnapped him from a Tripoli hotel in retaliation for his apparent cooperation with a US anti-terror raid.
Later Zeidan was freed by his captors unharmed, he urged another militia group who helped in his release to join the regular armed forces.
“Libyans need wisdom … not escalation … to deal with this situation,” Zeidan said during a televised cabinet meeting.
media reports, A militia commander with ties to the Interior Ministry told a private news channel that another Tripoli-based militia intervened by storming the house where Zeidan was kept, securing his release.

Brazil to host global internet summit

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (AFP Photo / Evaristo Sa)
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian leaders have announced they plan to host an international conference on internet governance next year, a declaration that comes after the nation has lobbied without success to change NSA policies used by the US to monitor Brazil.
President Dilma Rousseff, on consulting with Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), announced via Twitter a conference would be held in April.
We have decided that Brazil will host in April 2014 an international summit of government, industry, civil society and academia,” she wrote tweeted Wednesday.
The ongoing leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that Brazil has become a favorite target of the National Security Agency since the US intelligence program launched the PRISM electronic surveillance program in 2007. Along with monitoring the online activity of Brazilian citizens, the NSA has quietly kept watch on diplomatic activity and the South American nation’s oil giant Petrobras.
Rousseff has since put off a scheduled state visit to the US and used her speech at the United Nations to condemn what she deemed “a breach of international law and an affront” to Brazil’s independence.

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