Prince Dance Group to perform at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

The Prince Dance Group, comprising daily wage laborers from Orissa’s Behrampur, caught the nation’s attention with their dance moves as they won the first season of India’s Got Talent on Colors.

The group is now set to perform at the inaugural ceremony of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October.

The group is led by 22- year- old T. Krishna Mohan Reddy. The 25 dancers in his team are all below 20. They are now rehearsing on a novel dance composition choreographed exclusively by Reddy for the sporting event. The theme of their performance is Krishna Leela, fused with a message of national integration.

But given the scale there are some tweaks. “ Right now, after being given confirmation that our group will be performing at the opening ceremony, I have been asked to expand the group. So we will add around 100 more dancers. We plan to include dancers from our nearby village,” Reddy said. “ We haven’t been given any specific brief or theme for our act. But, this is a prestigious event so we plan to perform a novel rendition, which will be a fusion of the traditional Krishna theme and national integration,” he added.

“ More than money, it is the honour and attention coming our way that we are enjoying,” Reddy said. The group donated the car to the Ambapua village panchayat so that the entire village could use it for commuting easily.

Reddy said he did not know about their remuneration for performing at the Games. That aspect is being handled by Sony Music as part of a two- year contract.

“We are earning well and our families are better off now. Since most of the team members are uneducated, we have a person to help us interact with organisers during tours. But the final decision is taken by me and some of the senior team members,” Reddy said.


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