ramdev-babaDeepa Bar, one of city’s famous dance bars in its heyday, made a transformation from the sensual to the spiritual when the foundation stone of the new centre was laid by yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The bar at Vile Parle (West), which was frequented by Bollywood stars, cricketers and even underworld operatives, will now be known as Varija Mallappa Shetty Charitable Trust Yogashram. The foundation stone was the new centre was laid by yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The Dance bar would now be converted into a yoga centre. Sudhakar Shetty, the owner of the bar, had admitted he was inspired by the baba’s teachings and had become his devout follower. The centre would be functional in three months. The poor and the needy will be given free treatment. The centre will conduct regular yoga sessions with Baba Ramdev having classes at the venue whenever he is in the city. There centre will have two main halls for yoga classes, a garden and small rooms to treat patients suffering from arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure, etc. The centre will also have in house doctors. It maybe recalled that the Deepa Bar became infamous in 2005 during police investigations into a cricket match fixing controversy. Bar dancers were suspected to be a small but important link in the alleged nexus between bookies, the Hindi film industry and criminal gangs. One such link was suspected to be Tarannum Khan, a dancer at the bar. However, its fortunes plummeted following the ban on dance bars. With cameraperson Lahu, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.

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