Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Hop, skip and jump Gangnam Style!

After going viral on YouTube with over 4 billion hits and entering the Guinness World Records, ‘Gangnam Style’ dance steps have become the rage. The latest to copy it was the West Indies cricket team and Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic.


Hop, skip and jump Gangnam Style! (© Reuters)

The team's recent triumph at the Twenty20 World Cup and Djokovic lifting the Beijing Open title proved to be a victory in disguise for South Korea's Gangnam style - a peppy number with quirky dance moves that is making waves the world over.

"It's a rage, like every new fad," says a popular Indian choreographer Shiamak Davar.

"Personally, I think it is cute and funny," said Davar, adding that Bollywood has produced such trendy steps every now and then.

"I feel they need (for people) to learn from us (Bollywood), the real jhatkas-matkas, funky latest Bollywood styles, which are so iconic all the time. They have one 'Gangnam Style'. We do this in every film," Davar said referring to the gamut of songs and dance extravaganzas that Bollywood boasts of.

‘Gangnam Style’, a song by South Korean rapper, Psy, skyrocketed to the top of the nation's music charts soon after its release in July and went viral online, garnering over 400,000,000 YouTube views in October.

On September 20, it made the Guinness World Records for being the most liked video in YouTube’s history.

The West Indies cricket team, including Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy, added a punch to its popularity when they chose to groove the Gangnam way for a victory dance after they lifted their maiden World Twenty20 trophy.

This has brought the Gangnam style back in discussions - online and on the streets.

Ayush Gupta, founder of Cabbageheads, the group that popularized flash mob trend in the capital in 2011, feels India is a little slow when it comes to taking updates from the world.

"The Gangnam video is as old as July. But that's just a ripple effect of any viral video. In India, a place where cricket is considered religion, seeing West Indies players do 'Gangnam' is more than enough for people to get crazy over the song. Plus, the music's pretty catchy," Gupta told IANS.

The dance is a tad awkward and comical, but that's what adds the fun!

Divya Manhas, a music and dance enthusiast says that the video has earned its fair share of popularity due to the "fun element involved in its dancing."

"It has caught the attention of everyone - from a kid to an elder. The Korean man is cute, and the way he dances and sings, brings a unique edge to the song,” Manhas said.

"The satirical element on Gangnam (Gangnam district of Seoul) is brought out well - a mix of humor and relevance," the 25-year-old said, reflecting the thoughts of many her age, on the song.

However, the style will only last as long as any trend, say experts.

"It has become popular like 'Kolaveri di' and it will fade out like 'Kolaveri di'," quipped choreographer Pony Verma.

Elucidating further, she said: "I love 'Kolaveri di'. But just like the song was tried in a very different way and it just clicked with people, this is a new 'Kolaveri' for us. As a choreographer, I think somebody has just joked with one kind of step."

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