Traditional Indian dance schools appeared in America during the early seventies. Talented dancers moved to New Jersey to start their own schools. Bollywood dancing is still a craze in NJ. Indian classical and folk dance are equally in vogue. During the last decade, NJ has become the hub of several dance schools teaching Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak, and other forms of Indian dance lessons.
Currently, there are over 30 dance schools throughout New Jersey. A number of music schools have cropped up – many budding singers want to be trained like Sonu Nigam, Chitra, Shreya Ghoshal, Kishore Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan, and the like. Music schools train teens and youngsters in all musical instruments like drums, guitar, violin, flute, sitar, veena, etc., and also offer voice modulations and voice classes. Flute and violin lessons are commonly offered.
Hindustani and Carnatic singing lessons are offered as well. During the past few years, Indian children appear to be attracted to Bollywood music and dance. It is very common for children to perform on Bollywood, Kollywood, and Tollywood tracks at various cultural events organized by states like Gujarat, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and more.
Organizations attract audiences for their dance performances every year. Popular Indian radio programs broadcast the latest Bollywood hits every week. Indian music and chat radio show is the only radio program in the United States that broadcasts music and dance tracks from various hit movies in various languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, and Marathi.