Conventional social norms say perform well in education, get a job, settle down. Safe is easy, and it’s something everyone will suggest. Safe is understandable, but sometimes being a misfit, following your passion and doing something risky will have the best payoff. Meet Pune based dance group The Knights Crew (TKC), formed by students of B.M.C.C., who have challenged the social stereotypes and stood up for their passion of dancing. With sheer dedication and commitment, they have won almost all the college dance competitions of Pune they have participated in the current academic year.
The group was founded by Rahul Suryavanshi, Rishikesh Shahane and Harshada Gaikwad in August 2012, as a part of the college (B.M.C.C.,Pune) cultural dance group. The other members in TKC then were Tejashree Wakchaure, Pooja Oswal, Neha Sawant, Samriddhi Dhumane and Nimish Jadhav. Every year, as the cultural team of college used to organize the dance auditions, TKC had some new additions to the family and a few deductions as people used to pass out from college! Towards middle of 2014, TKC had to split due to some major creative differences between Rahul, Rishikesh and other members of the initial team. It led to the downfall of TKC in that year. Rahul was depressed as he thought all his efforts on TKC might go in vain.
Towards end of 2014, Rahul decided to get over the blues, take another chance and give this dance group the true recognition as a Crew. Members from 2013 batch who continued to support Rahul were Santosh Dadge, Sonali More and Rohit Kale and to it the new members added in 2014 batch were Pranjal Verma, Dhruv Dhami, Rishab Solanki, Ganesh Ghuge and Akhil Pillai. TKC takes real efforts for levelling up on every move, every day. They practice all day long striving for perfection as far as possible. Be it early morning or after late night shows, practice sessions are a part of their normal routine. But it is more like a family and that is how they are able to adjust everyone’s imperfections and sort out everyone’s problems. They never let their dedication and commitment go down!
About the Founder
Rahul Suryavanshi got inspired by watching Govinda dance and from then he decided to take up dancing as his profession. He started with Creators Dance Academy (CDA) in Pune in 2011, run by renowned Sachin Gaikwad sir, after which he simultaneously continued dancing and heading TKC. He has worked as an assistant choreographer at Colors Marathi in the show Aali Lahar Kela Kahar. He was also qualified for the Mega Audition round of the recent dance reality show 2 MAD on Colors Marathi Channel. He has performed at the World Hip Hop Championship at Las Vegas in August 2016 and represented India with the dance group I-Crew. He is now going to represent India in Canada Dance World Cup to be held in June this year.
I chose this field because I am a person who does not open up or express my feelings to anyone easily, but when I dance , people can know me better and I can find myself somewhere in me.
About some of the founding members at TKC
Rohit Kale hails from Parbhani, Maharashtra. Initially he was not very good in dancing. Neither his dance steps would support the rest of the group nor did his family support him with dancing. But with utmost hard-work, help and care from TKC and his immense passion for dancing, he is now doing wonders. Santosh Dadge hails from Latur, Maharashtra. Like Rohit, his family too didn’t support him for dancing. He was under pressure to study and perform well so as to help his father with his Ice-cream production business. However , he chose to pursue his passion and is now specialised in the Krumping form of dance style.
Sonali More is from Pune. With no support from family, it was very difficult for her to hide her practice sessions and competitions being a localite. She had to leave the crew for a year because of her parents. But, in the end, with support and guidance from TKC and Rahul, she was able to join back and is now doing very well. Pranjal Verma is a National level Gymnast from Pune. The stunt man and one of the major wow factors of the crew, he practices gymnastics without fail and maintains a good balance with his academics as well. Dhruv Dhami is an amazing basketball player and has a great swagger. He is into b-boying at TKC and does it very good.
Our people are our USP, the bonding and co-ordination is our USP, the equal amounts of passion in all of us is what makes us look one!
TKC is now planning to catapult themselves to a level where they can beat all their competitors on the dance tv reality shows. They also aspire to win the Indian hip hop championship and represent India at the international level and earn a Gold Medal for India! Having seen lot of ups and downs together, they continue to pursue their passions and remain united as a family.