One of the most common and well-received types of flash mobs is the dancing variety. These spontaneous assemblies have a knack for hitting the interwebs and taking off quickly - a trend that is proven by this Indian celebration that involved over 200 Mumbaikars.
The video, posted only two days ago, has already amassed nearly 200,000 views on YouTube. In it, folks from all over the age spectrum take over a train station with a dance to the title track from the film Rang De Basanti.
The flash mob is the brainchild of 23-year-old Shonan Kothari, who used social media to spread the idea. According to the WSJ, what started as some emails to a couple dozen friends turned into hundreds of people wanting to participate in a matter of days.
Kothari organized the flash mob, tapping a choreographer who had created a dance for her cousin's wedding. They practiced in a yoga hall for the final performance, the one you see in the video. Kothari hired a local film company to shoot and edit the footage.
A few conversations with railway officials later, she was blaring the tune from the station's PA system and hundreds of people were performing their choreographed dance.
Oh my god, all caught up with the day's activity. A big big thank you to everyone for running with this 😀 So much love.
Check it out below:
Although the term "flash mob" has been used to describe sudden bursts of crime and gang activity in places like Philadelphia, it's nice to see that at its core, a flash mob can simply be a group of people who just want to get together and dance.
What are your favorite flash mob videos? Let us know in the comments.