Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan, who represents the Cine Dancers' Association (CDA) and has been working with it over a decade, had accused Ganesh Acharya of forming a new organisation and badmouthing CDA. She also claimed that Ganesh has been stealing its dancers by promising them more money.
Now Ganesh has dismissed allegations levelled against him by veteran choreographer and told a news agency, "Saroj ji is speaking wrong. When the CDA was closed why did not she came to help us to open it. Five coordinators were appointed for CDA by taking Rs 15 lakh from them. 217 masters have signed a letter that they do not need coordinators. Do the Federation people know dancing.. Do they know who is a good dancer," adding, "Saroj ji should come forward to help dancers. There is a need of re-election for the CDA."
He further pointed out, "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."
Meanwhile, Ganesh has been receiving support from the dancers who have praised him for helping them out. A dancer said, “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.”
For the unversed, Ganesh and his father were associated with the CDA.