|Restaurant, bar and dancehall and party place.|
|Kitu and the owner of Cool Chef Cafe.|
|Kitu’s cat was very interested in our lunch as well…hahaha!|
|There seems to be a local shoe tailor who makes good tango shoes, like these pairs that Kitu had made by him.|
On weekends the place is packed, since it has a special room that is ideal for parties and dancing. This is also where the milongas are held:
|Lounge area: sit, relax, talk, eat, drink;-)|
The pictures are not very good, since it was dark and with movement it is extra hard. Sorry;-).
|Asking Kitu to pose (cause while dancing it was hard to photograph) was not a successful request; she does not like ‘fake’.|
|So it made her laugh…|
I think my pictures give it away: tango in Mumbai is tiny.
In Delhi it is bigger, with milonga’s three times per week and a core of about 75 pax. Despite Mumbai being this huge city with 17 million inhabitants, the hardcore of tango is 35 pax tops. There is the CCC salon once a month, and there is another small milonga/practica/lesson once a week, although that one is cancelled often.
Further there is a bit of tango in Pune and in Bangalore.
CCC is -as mentioned- an initiative of Kitu, the other activities are coming from Vivek, who is the only local to teach tango at the moment. There have been expats who did some teaching here in the past years. And of course, like everywhere in the world, there are guest teachers coming over every now and then to teach. And of course some of the dancers here go to Buenos Aires to dance and learn and they occasionally go to festivals in other countries.
Kitu, seen on the back in the picture above, came in contact with tango about 5 years ago and immediately fell in love with it. She started organizing workshops, milonga’s, etc. and is trying ever since to build up a tango community here.
It requires a lot of patience, though, and a lot of work.
The dancers are from all religions, there are about as many men as women, there are locals and some expats.
For the rest there was an Indian guy who was living in and visiting from the US and an Argentinian guy who lived in Mumbai and in Germany. And there was a swiss woman visiting who used to live in Mumbai. She performs and teaches tango. You can see her and her partner in the following videoclip.
In other words: the dancers in Mumbai are mainly Indian, but it still feels international in this tiny community.
I sincerely hope that the Mumbai tango community will succeed to grow and flourish within the coming years. Salsa is quite popular there, so why is it so hard for tango to become more known and popular??? Does it not appeal as much to the Indian taste and personality? Honestly speaking I don’t know and neither did the local people I got to ask so far…..