1st July Friday saw none other than Tango Maestros Kiran Sawhney and Eduardo organizing the official launch of Delhi Milonga at the Eros Hotel, Nehru Place.
Milonga is typically an event where Tango is danced. Milongas are usually regular in nature, like once a week, and begins with Tango class and demonstrations followed by networking with like minded people who share their passion for Tango over drinks and food.
This was my first time at attending such an event and I must admit that it has been a very pleasant experience indeed. It was truly a memorable evening. The evening started with a Tango demonstration and practice class where in Tango enthusiasts tried their hand, oops not hand but their feet at dance. The ambience of Bar & Lounge at Eros made a perfect setting for Tango Session.
Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.
Music and dance elements of tango are popular in activities related to gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming, etc., because of its dramatic feeling and its cultural associations with romance.
It has been suggested that tango makes people feel more relaxed, sexier, and less depressed, and increases testosterone levels.Tangolates is an exercise method that combines the core stability of Pilates with the concentration, coordination and fluid movement of Tango, designed in 2004 by Tamara Di Tella. Utilizing a partner-method and incorporating the aerobic or cardio element of music, it started as a rehabilitation technique for patients with severe dysfunctions of the nervous system.
After the dance class, Kiran and Eduardo officially launched the Delhi Milonga with their breath-taking performance. It was sheer poetry in motion. Both of them are pros and watching them dance is magical, you just transform into a different world. It’s so soothing to the eyes and relaxing to the mind.
Kiran Sawhney is the first professionally trained Tango teacher in Delhi/India.Traveled all over the world, attended various Tango festivals, classes, practicas and milongas in UK, Tokyo, Dubai, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, New York and Buenos Aires, in her pursuit for Tango. Learnt from the best Tango teachers in the world. Studied (Tango teacher training program) and apprenticed with master teacher, Daniel Trenner. Teaches Argentine Tango in New Delhi. Organizes, practicas, milongas (Milonga de Mis Amores) and Tango festival. Also manufactures, sells and exports Tango dresses and shoes under her own brand name- Mis Amores. Kiran is not just a pro in Tango but a lot of other dance forms like Zumba, Bharatnatyam and Contemporary too. She also runs the New Delhi Tango School and passes on her expertise to those who want to learn Tango.
On the other hand, Eduardo is Minister at The Embassy of Mexico and has been engaged in dance since 12 years and is shares the responsibility in teaching the students of NDTS the grooves of Tango.
Kiran Sawhney says, “I view Argentine Tango as a physical expression of the pain, the passion, and the life. It is a non-verbal language, to express oneself in new ways. It is a wonder drug that makes you younger, sexier, more philosophical, and more of who you really are. It is a way of life.”
I have two left feet and though I would love to explore all forms of dancing, it doesn’t come naturally to me but at the event I did try a few basic moves with Eudardo and enjoyed it a lot. It was great fun and I look forward to being part of more Milongas in time to come.
If you are looking at learning the moves of Tango, Delhi Milonga is the place for you. It will be going on for quite sometime at the Eros Hotel and you can find more details here at Delhi Milonga and NDTS for the upcoming events and classes.
I wish Kiran and Eduardo all the very best for their future endeavours.