A ballroom dancer, an extravagant choreographer with a beautiful aesthetic sense, we bring you Sandip Soparrkar and his beautiful home
By Aayushi Shah | Pics by Parita Shah
A hotel management graduate and an MBA from Symbiosis, Sandip Soparrkar, now a celebrated ball room dancer, started his career by choreographing at a dance event during his trip to Indiana in the US.
Sandip, who’s running his own studio, has also trained a number of Bollywood and Hollywood artistes. In a candid chat with Urban Vaastu, Sandip talks about his life and home and gives a peek into his spacious penthouse at Juhu in Mumbai. Excerpts:
Can you tell us about your house?
We have been living here since the past seven years, but I didn’t buy this house. This was an ancestral property which was ruined during the 2006 floods in Mumbai because of water logging. The property was sold to a builder who redeveloped it into an apartment complex. I live on the top floor which is a penthouse.
This house is east-west facing. We didn’t want to overdo the house as it is quite spacious, so we kept it simple and comfortable. Since my wife and I travel a lot for work, it is difficult to maintain the house as I would like to. So we have very minimal useful things.
Do you plan to have an in-house studio, since your apartment is very spacious?
As of now we have no plans to have an in-house studio. We conduct classes in our respective studios. But sometimes I rehearse within the house or even on the terrace as there is enough space to break a leg (laughs).
We see a lot of red and gold in your home…
Aah yes, I like dark bright colours so everything in the house is colourful. Personally I’m very fond of red and gold, so as you’ve rightly observed, you will find more of red and gold in my house.
The sofas are in red velvet with simple gold coloured cushions on it. The chairs at the dining table have a red base and gold backs, and even the walls of my house are a deep maroon and white.
Which space in your house inspires you?
The balcony with the bar is one place where I enjoy sitting and watching the view. It’s best during the monsoons and winters as I sit there and think about new dance moves that I can do and basically unwind myself.
Do you have a terrace garden?
No, not as of now. Since we sometimes practice on the terrace we get more space and we have a wooden deck where we can sit and practice. The view is amazing and the openness gives us more energy and enthusiasm as it is refreshing and relaxing.
What would you look out for in terms of a smart home?
Smart is a very personal definition. Comfort is what I want and look out for. According to me a house should be comfortable, not over the top, not 5-star. It should be cosy and comfortable, a place where you can relax and enjoy. I wouldn’t over do my house. A simple, comfortable house is a smart house for me.
What is your dream home like?
(Laughs) Dream home… I guess rather than an apartment, I would prefer a big spacious bungalow with all amenities like huge balconies, comfortable indoor facilities, etc.
But as mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t want to overdo it. I’d rather keep it simple and comfortable. It should look like a house and not a 5-star hotel.
How do you usually spend your day at home?
When I’m at home I prefer reading. I enjoy reading mythology and apart from that I relax at the and research on upcoming and latest music for my choreography. I also try and make new dance steps.