New Delhi, Jan 05 (Agenices): Ask any child what dance form he wants to learn and a prompt reply would be hip-hop or jazz. These popular western dance forms have grabbed human interest and how.

Not only in children, but western dance forms like salsa, tango, hip-hop have also made its space in Bollywood pushing out our Indian classical dance form like Kathak and Bharatnatyam.

Dancing queen Madhuri Dixit reasons out the trend and says, “The younger generation wants everything fast and the international dance forms are easy to learn compared to Indian dances that take years to master.”

"What is happening is that people want everything quick these days. It's a fast generation. And if you want to learn Kathak, you have to start from the basics. It takes time to learn the discipline,” added Madhuri who is a trained Kathak dancer.

Seconding Dixit, Ccoreographer Pony Verma explains,”It is true that learning salsa, jazz, etc. have become a status symbol and are believed to be a style statement and as a result classical dance is getting suppressed.”

"With a base in classical dance, the body postures and hand gestures of a dancer become completely different and add grace even to an international dance form," she added. Verma has directed dance for films like "Namastey London", "Bhool Bhulaiyaa" and most recently "Guzaarish".

Ace choreographer Saroj Khan, who made actresses like Madhuri, Sridevi and Aishwarya Rai dance to her tunes, blames parents for the dipping popularity of classical dance forms.