Kiran Sawhney's Philosophy
Words from Kiran Sawhney:
I am promoting Tango in the mystic land of India, where close contact and proximity with the other gender is a taboo. Yet, being passionate about Tango and having experienced the Bliss in Tango, similar to meditation, Yoga and Zen, I want others to experience it too. Having learnt classical Indian dance forms in Guru Shishya Parampara (teacher and disciple tradition) and having deep rooted Indian culture and tradition within me, I promote Tango with similar zeal and enthusiasm. My endeavour is to instil dedication and quest to pursue the art form whole-heartedly amongst my pupils.
I believe very firmly that it is not important how good a dancer you are. It is important how good a person you are. I have never seen a good person, who is a bad dancer or vice a versa. Your personality certainly reflects in your dance.
New Delhi Tango School- NDTS
Tango originates in Argentina and we are promoting it in India with deep-rooted culture and traditions of India. We do believe in Guru Shishya Parampara. The respect for the teachers and learning the art form with full devotion and respect.
NDTS: Kiran Sawhney's eight Principles.
- Attitude/ Manobhaav Abhivriti: In life and towards dance. How you approach dance and how you approach life are inter related. We want you to respect dance, your Guru (teacher) and be humble. A true milonguero is not from the time he/she enters the milonga. His movements reflect in his every day life. It is not about dance but about life in general. How you approach anything in life. How a student is dancing in class or a milonga is not important but with what attitude is he moving in life and entering the class is important.
- Etiquettes/ Shishtachaar:
Tango has many codigos/ rules. Follow those. Your teacher will be guiding about codigos of Tango. Follow them not just in class or a milonga but in life.
3. Training/ Abhyaas, Sadhna:
Tango is a life long journey. Embark it with humility and dedication. Attend classes, workshops, practicas and milongas. Practice on your own. The aim is to make it a spiritual practice (Sadhna) where mind body and soul are connected.
4. Complete knowledge/ Purna Gyan:
Learn not the steps. They are not important. What matters is walk with musicality, rhythm, embrace and connection.5. Improvisation/Ashurachna:
There is nothing wrong in Tango, only something new. Once you have your basics right, you can improvise on your own.
6. Spread and Conserve/ Prasaar, Sanrakshan:
Tango is social and for the community. Share what you have. Spread your knowledge and preserve the sanctity and authenticity of Tango.
7. Selfless Service/ Nishkaam Seva:
Through the teachings of NDTS, the students will be taught to do selfless service for the community.
8. Teacher and disciple tradition/ Guru shishya parampara:
Once you have pursued tango with intensity and dedication and adhered to the Principles, you will be part of the Company denoting lifelong commitment to Tango.