The Dutch DJ and music producer was discovered by music mastermind Laidback Luke at a young age. Quintino’s precision and unrivalled ability behind the turntables has made him one of the leading forces in today’s global music scene. Quintino who was ranked 86 in the top 100 DJ’s of 2014 by DJ mag has taken a huge leap from 86th to the 32nd position in 2016. He has had collaborations with world famous DJs like DJ Laidback Luke and DJ Tiesta, Alvaro and Hardwell. Today he has around 200 international gigs a year and is a headliner of some of the biggest music festivals around the world. He has been remixing for the likes of Galantis, Major Lazer and more. Known for his energetic stage presence Quintino is all set to rock it at Alegria 2017.
One of the early proponents of dubstep in India, Udyan Sagar aka Nucleya has emerged as one of the most exciting, experimental and engaging music producers in the Indian scene in five short years. He made his mark by focusing on sounds and textures that are Indian to the ear but international in appeal. From opening for Skrillex and Major Lazer to playing a short set at a small pub in the posh parts of Delhi and playing on the main stage at NH7 Weekender – the growth of Nucleya as a brand and the overwhelming popularity it has received is extraordinary. From playing organiser-promoter-DJ at gigs in farmhouses in the outskirts of Ahmedabad to performing to crowds of 50,000+ people at music festivals, the bomb that is Nucleya has clearly detonated. This year we will have this dynamic artist making the crowds groove to his tunes playing at Alegria 2017.
Govinda is one of the biggest superstars to rule the 80’s and 90’s. He made his debut in Bollywood with the 1986 hit “ILZAAM”. Ilzaam went on to become a huge hit and made him a star overnight. He breakdanced and grooved to the songs in the movie ‘Street Dancer’ thus establishing himself as a dancing star.
However, Govinda decided to majorly work in comedy films. His amazing acting and impeccable comic skills earned him a loyal fan following thus establishing him as a comic superstar. His comic timing and humour creates a laughter riot and always has the audience in splits.
Govinda has over 165 Bollywood movies to his name. He has several Filmfare Award nominations and has won numerous awards for comedy. The opening episode of DID Super Mom Season 2, the reality dance show on which he is a judge, received the highest TRP rating of any reality show opening episode.
He will be joining our very own Algeria 2k17 on February 10th to promote his film ‘AA GAYA HERO’ with all the “Govinda fans” eagerly awaiting his presence.
Lost stories is a DJ duo consisting of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi best known for their official remixes for Alan Walker “Faded” and One Republic “Wherever I Go”. Their incredible journey has given new-age music a contemporary and quirky twist. They started off and rose to prominence when their single “False Promises” was released on Tiësto’s Black Hole Recordings. This music sensation with a massive fan following and great potential, are making India proud globally. Mumbai Mirror in their article published on 29th August 2012 stated “Their edgy music has groovy basslines, is melodic, energetic yet moody outros and has dreamy breakdowns with a hint of tech elements are their signature “progressive trance” production sound. If one listens minutely, one will also notice a subtle touch of Indian classical; adding uniqueness to the complete experience.” They have performed at multiple music festivals such as Tomorrowland, Mysteryland Marenostrum, Sunburn, Supersonic and many more. They’ve been ranked #52 on DJ Mag Top 100 2016 and in all their glory are geared up to set the city on fire with their upcoming performance at Pillai’s Alegria 2017.
Shibani Dandekar is a reality TV star, singer, and model. This Australian born Indian actress is also a part of the 3 member girl band D-major. She hosted three television shows, Namaste America, V Desi and the Asian Variety Show. Shibani’s love for anchoring shows saw her as the host of major brands such as the Maxim Hot 100, Nike, Rolls Royce, Puma, Mercedes, Toyota, Horlicks, Spice Mobile, JBL, MTV Coke Studio, Nivea. She was also hired as the host for Sony’s launch of the tribute to Michael Jackson ‘This is It’. She also anchored the Indian produced Grammy Nominees Special on VH1 as a lead-up to the 53rd Grammy Awards. She has been co-hosting the show Extraa Innings – T20 on Sony Max Television during the Indian Premier League (IPL). She has been a contestant on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Colors TV. Shibani’s dance number ‘Hi Poli Saajuk Tupatali’ for the Marathi movie Timepass was a huge hit. She has been in the tabloids for her various endorsements and versatility.
Shibani is our judge for ‘The face of Alegria’, a new event introduced in Alegria 2017.
Brace yourself Alegrians, here’s another star to add more glitter and glamour to THE FESTIVAL OF JOY.
Teri Miko is a leading international DJ, producer & remixer of Ukrainian descent. Known for her highly energetic DJ sets, she did her first headline act at the age of 20 years. She has been one of the leading torchbearers of trap, a genre filled with a hard attitude that can be felt in the sound of the brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks and snappy snares. Consisting of hard hitting trap beats infused with electronic sounds, her every onstage performance is a testament to her passion. Miko’s weekly radio show, LED Sessions is broadcast in more than 35 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Her tour diary continues to be full with performances all around the globe, spinning at world’s most exclusive VIP nightclubs, festivals like VH1 Supersonic, SunBurn and playing for the finest dance music brands. Her next stop is our very own Alegria – The festival of joy!
Raised in Baltimore, USA, Monica formed a two-piece electronic rock band called ‘Shaa’ir + Func’. Realizing the people’s need for something upbeat and funky, they released their first album “New Day” in 2007 which shot them into the limelight.Monica sung a track “Dooriyan” composed by renowned duo Vishal & Shekhar for the film BREAK KE BAAD (2010). She also made a guest appearance in 2008 film ROCK ON!! But her full-fledged acting debut was in the 2011 film DHOBI GHAT directed by Kiran Rao starring Aamir Khan and Prateik Babbar. Thereafter, she went on to act in films like David, Teraa Surroor etc.
Monica Dogra also impressed the audience with her hosting skills as she was the host for ‘The Dewarists’, a musical collaborative show on Star World India. In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone’s ‘Never Hide Sounds’ musical talent show. She is currently one of the judges on ‘The Stage’ broadcasted on Colors Infinity.
This year, our fellow Alegrian singers will be judged by Monica Dogra. We are delighted to have her as the judge for the Voice of Alegria.
Soccer is a world renowned sport and a passion for billions of people across the globe. But when we look at it as a career choice for women, anywhere in the world, one can’t deny that it’s not the most conventional or bankable option. Sadly, one doesn’t take soccer as a profession for women seriously.
Yet, there are many talented, determined and rock-ribbed girls out there who are unswervingly taking steps towards making soccer their profession. One such tenacious girl is Lisa Zimouche.
Lisa Zimouche is a young, budding freestyle soccer player. She has been passionate about soccer even before she was a teenager. All of 17 years, she has numerous titles to her names and is famous for her freestyle soccer videos where she showcases her magnificent football skills.
It was in the year 2012 when Zimouche was in the top 3 in the world championship in Italy and proved her mettle yet again in the very next year when she had her name in the top 3 in the world championship in Japan. But the greatest achievement for Lisa has to be her victory in the World Female Panna Championship.
Since then, there has been no stopping for Lisa who went on to become a soccer sensation around the world. She is an out and out inspiration for young girls to achieve what they want without age or choice of the profession being any barriers. She comes across as a supremely talented athlete who’s a benchmark for young athletes across the globe.
In a world where soccer doesn’t offer much of a career to women, Lisa has not only put her best foot forward into making it an even bigger sensation but also gained immense popularity in what she does wholeheartedly.
She is a perfect representation of the coming-of-age girls who are adamant to achieve what they believe in and we all couldn’t agree more. She, as an athlete, also rings in the realisation that youth around the world are no longer clueless or vague about their passions and future careers.
She made use of the social media platforms like facebook and Instagram to make more people aware of this new skill and gained huge popularity. She proved that today’s generation is out there showing their talents on the best platforms they get and are determined of achieving exactly what they want. This grit, hard work and willpower are what make them stand out.
This year, she’s graced Alegria to demonstrate her skills in freestyle soccer. We were elated to witness her mettlesome moves. She captivated one and all by her prowess and mastery.
It was a lot of fun to watch students and teachers play it out with her and showcase their skills with the ball. Her confidence and determination inspired all the budding talented youngsters to follow their dreams and work hard to make them come true.
Tanuj Virwani is a popular Bollywood actor who has carved a niche for himself in the industry. Born to yesteryear actress Rati Agnihotri and Businessman Anil Virwani on the 29th November, 1986, Tanuj made his debut in 2013. His first film Luv U Soniyo was directed by Joe Rajan.
His second film ‘Purani Jeans’ was focused on teenage issues and coming-of-age. It focuses mainly on the values of friendship and struck a chord with the youth. The film was based on the idea that just like ‘the older the jeans, the more stylish it looks’, similarly, ‘older the friendship, stronger is the bond’.
In 2016, Tanuj starred in the movie One Night Stand opposite actress Sunny Leone. It was a gripping thriller directed by Jasmine Moses D’Souza. Tarun also models for various well-known brands and is considered a youth fashion icon.
This year we have Tanuj Virwani as our judge for the mono acting competition at Alegria 2017!!!
Dance is an expression of our feelings. It gives a new dimension to thoughts and unleashes our inner emotions. India is the birthplace of various dance forms and has always encouraged and nurtured this beautiful art of physical expression.
Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali, etc. are few of the classical dance forms that originated in India. Our culture also boasts of numerous folk dances that vary from region to region.
Towards the end of the twentieth century, the importance of traditional dance forms had been dwindling. But it has seen a rise in the last 10-15 years with the younger generation taking an active interest in them.
Bollywood has always played a huge role in showcasing Indian dance styles across the world. Not completely traditional, the Bollywood dance style has become a genre in itself. Our culture has always attracted people from all over the world and has crossed boundaries in appealing to the global community. Anjali is the product of one such fascination.
Created in 2012 by talented dancers Claudia Ospino and Lidice Delgado, Anjali is a dance troupe well known for their performances on Indian music especially Bollywood.
Anjali- Danzas de India is responsible for propagating Indian dance forms in Colombia. Motivated by passion and respect for Indian culture, Anjali also teaches dance based on Bollywood soundtracks.
This year, Anjali- Danzas de India is coming to our very own Alegria all the way from Bogota, Colombia to display their dancing skills and enthrall everyone with their performances.They will be conducting the Colombian Salsa workshop for us and our students will have a great opportunity to learn from these amazing dancers.
The qualities that characterise a lady are quick wit combined with attractive looks, a kind heart and a killer attitude to carry it off. One lady who exemplifies all these qualities is renowned fashion model Arthi Ventakesh. This beauty with brains sets the ramp on fire with her confidence and panache.
Her journey into the fashion industry began when she accidentally met fashion designer Prasad Bidappa in Bangalore bin 2009. He convinced her to try modelling and now Arthi has him to thank for her entry into the world of glamour.
Since her foray into the fashion industry, Arthi has had about 250 runway shows and more than 350 photo shoots to her credit. The best part is she doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Arthi divides her time between India and New York. Her first introduction to the international fashion industry happened at the New York Fashion Week. Here, she was noticed by Jovani and Morrell Maxie and walked for them at the New York Bridal Fashion Week.
Arthi seems to have a penchant for trying different things and exploring new avenues. Along with her modelling career, she has also decided
to venture into acting. Her debut film is titled ‘Solo’ and also stars actor Dulquer Salman. This Tamil- Malayalam bilingual film is helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar.
The Fashion Show was one of the biggest events of Alegria 2017. Talented designers across many colleges along with their models showcased some of their most extraordinary outfits. It was only fitting that an accomplished fashion icon like Arthi is invited to judge this extravaganza.
Arthi came to Alegria on February 9, 2017, and set the stage on fire with her style and confidence. She was a great inspiration and form of encouragement for all the participants. The event was an instant hit and Arthi’s presence added the gold lining to the already dazzling group of contestants.
Music has no boundaries or limitations. It surpasses every barrier and every obstacle to narrate its own story. Music understands just one universal language- the language of the soul. Each note, each cadence is like the beat pulsing through our veins.
Music opens up various dimensions to give a voice to our feelings. It captures the essence of life in its various chords. Each genre of music weaves its own magic and transports us to a completely different realm.
Vian Fernandes started his music career from the stage of X Factor India in 2011 as part of the band ‘Nirmitee’. Their music was completely different from the usual style and appealed to the urban audience.
His rapping was especially noticed and appreciated by both judges and the masses. Vian went on to join the Kerala-based music band- ‘Thaikkudam Bridge’, as their bass guitarist. He mainly does Indian Rap and Reggae.
This zealous rapper from Ambernath has made many music albums over the years. Some of his songs like Pahadi, Parinda and Savera have a social message.
Pahadi is a song wherein Vian has created his own language and the basic idea is that anyone can interpret this song according to his/her feelings or thoughts at the time. This is to show that music is not bound by language and that its meaning and significance changes from person to person.
Parinda was mainly focused on the empowerment of the girl child and how every child has a dream in his/her eyes. It speaks of how they can strive to realise their dreams and fly high.
Savera’s main focus was to highlight the life of differently abled children and a call to everyone to do their bit for creating a better society. Vian has used his music to create awareness regarding many such important social causes.
This year’s solo rapping competition promises to be a blast with Vian Fernandes as our judge for the event at Alegria 2017.
K U Mohanan
K U Mohanan is a well-known Indian cinematographer. After his graduation from Pune Film Institute, he made various short films and advertising projects. He is known for his work in movies like Raees (2016), Talaash (2012), Don (2006), Miss Lovely (2012), Fukrey (2013), Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal (2014), Aaja Nachle (2007). Nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer for Miss Lovely in 2012, he has been credited as the cinematographer for more than 20 movies including various documentaries and short films. He has also worked as the additional photographer in various movies. This talented cinematographer is coming to Alegria 2017 to have a wonderful interactive session with our students.
Rochelle Rao is a beautiful and chic model turned Indian actress who was crowned Femina Miss India International in the year 2012. She is seen in India’s some of the most popular and liked TV shows such as Bigg Boss season 9, Khatron ke Khiladi and has also hosted IPL season 6. Her impeccable comic timing is loved and appreciated by the entire nation in the Kapil Sharma Show. She has also starred in Abhishek Kapoor’s directorial venture ‘Fitoor’ in 2016. Witty, bold, beautiful and intelligent, she surely is an inspiration to all the girls out there. This year she is going to grace Alegria 2017 as a judge for ‘Mr and Miss Alegria’. Her presence will surely enhance the beauty and grace of Alegria.
‘Kings United’ is a hip hop dance group directed and choreographed by Suresh Mukund. The Bollywood hit film ‘ABCD 2’, directed by Remo D’souza and starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor is based on the real-life story of this group. They won the bronze medal at the world hip hop dance championship 2015 which was held in San Diego. Kings United have performed at major events like the opening ceremony of IPL 2016, Filmfare awards, Stardust awards, Zee cine awards, Star guild awards, etc. They have also started an academy ‘Kings United Kingdom of Art’ which was inaugurated by Remo D’souza and Varun Dhawan.
Kings United has performed abroad in U.S.A, Dubai, Singapore, Qatar, Macau, Malaysia and Kenya and also judged the Indian hip hop dance championship in 2016. Kings United is coming here to judge the Freestyle Group Dance competition at Alegria 2017 on February 9.