Watch “Flashmob at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Station”on RDB

The flash mob dance at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Station which has caused a flutter on the Internet was the dream and handiwork of 23-year-old.

Shonan Kothari: “I was aiming to do something really spectacular,” said Ms. Kothari in an interview on Tuesday.

She first learned about flash mobs when she was a student in London.

The trickiest part was getting permission from the railway authorities to perform at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Ms. Kothari didn’t have any contacts in the Railways, so “I quite shamelessy marched into offices,” she says

On 27 NOV 2011 cst mumbai

Ms. Kothari got permission to play the song – Rang De Basanti from the eponymous movie – on the train station’s announcement system. The station stopped official announcements during this period.
Ms. Kothari and her team danced twice – at 4.52 pm and at 5.33 pm – but the video is primarily of the first dance. “It was really fun,” she says.


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