Want to learn how to dance like a "Slumdog Millionaire"?
As part of the pre-Oscar hoopla, personable 33-year-old Artesia-based Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan was called in to instruct media personalities and television viewers in one of the most popular dance forms in the world, a combination of classical Indian dance, folk dance and Western styles like hip-hop, Latin and jazz.
Dressed in white like a maharajah, Mahajan, accompanied by his enthusiastic young dance troupe of India-born Californians, led E! Network anchor Debbie Matenopoulos in a series of moves he's christened the "finger-pointing," the "flower" and the "twisting in the lightbulb," the ubiquitous dance move that consists of lifting an arm diagonally in the air and turning the wrist.
Matenopoulos wriggled her hips like a purple-gowned cheerleader to the tune of "Slumdog's" "Jai Ho" while Mahajan's troupe swayed their hips and arms considerably more seductively and energetically. Various E! technicians and crew members from all over the Oscar red carpet juggernaut joined in for select lightbulb twisting.