Recently there have been a few issues that many people in the circuit have been having regarding the quality of judges at recent competitions. These issues tend to bring up the age old question of "What qualifications does one need to have to be considered as a judge?". Some would answer that by saying a generic answer consisting of something to do with experience in the circuit. This seems to be true when competitions decide on who is going to judge. They tend to go towards the applicants who seem to have the highest amount of experience listed in their "bhangra resumé". But what if the applicant lies about their qualifications on their application? What if the individual lies about who they danced for, or never even made stage time with the team they listed? What if the individual lies about the teams he or she led on their application? One example I'd like to point out is Amrita V, who has just judged Vice City Bhangra and Bhangra Blitz and is about to judge Lalkar. In her biography given out by both Vice City and Lalkar there is a line that states, "she danced and led several award winning teams within and beyond Boston area including: New England Bhangra Club, MIT Bhangra, Shahi Taj Bhangra, and Sherniyan Di Sarkar". To some that aren't as involved in the circuit, this seems like a decent amount of experience, especially by the way the statement starts of i.e. "danced and led several award winning teams". However upon further review, you'll realize that she never really danced on a competition stage with two of the teams, was removed from one of them, and hasn't really led any of them. The sad thing about this and other situations like this is that its the competition that gets the brute end of the stick and not the judge who lied to get to that position. Is it the competitions fault for choosing judges like this? What should be done to prevent situations like this in the future? This isnt a post to oust an individual but one to help prevent unfortunate situations like this from happening and making the quality of judging at competitions both better and fair to everyone. Please feel free to add on.
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