Recently, it was reported that veteran choreographer Saroj Khan blames Ganesh Acharya for misusing his position and maligning the Cine Dancers Association (CDA).
Now, Ganesh Acharya denies these allegations and said that CDA needs re-election.
While talking to ANI, Ganesh said, “Saroj ji speaks wrong. When the CDA was closed, she came to help us open it. Five coordinators were appointed to the CDA by taking 15 lakhs from them. 217 masters signed a letter saying they were not coordinators Do Federation people need to know that they are dancing? Do they know who is a good dancer? “
Ganesh Acharya denies Saroj Khan allegations
“Saroj ji should come forward to help dancers. There is a need of re-election for the CDA,” he said.
Saroj Khan, who represents the CDA and has been working with it over a decade, has accused Acharya of forming a new organisation and badmouthing CDA. She also alleged that Acharya has been stealing its dancers by promising them more money. Responding to this, Acharya said, “The CDA was shut down six months ago following a legal dispute that began in 2018. However, Deric Biswas, Zahid Shaikh, Al Fahim Surani and Ravi Kanwar reopened it without showing any court orders to do so and filled up the posts without elections. Now, they are pressuring dancers to join the association again.”
“I have been standing with dancers. I am emotionally attached to them. This is their problem and that is why they are speaking against me,” he added.
Acharya and his father were associated with CDA. “The members of All India Film Television Events Dancers Association (AIFTEDA) would also like to return to CDA, only after a fair election and wages assured to them,” he said.
Acharya’s supporters said that he never differentiated among dancers. “If there is a need of 50 dancers he takes 100 dancers so that more people can earn. He stands by us in our every problem. Even he stood by those who are criticising him now,” a dancer said.