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Interpreting Sushant's performance (Page 4)

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 12:37pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

@TS Thanks for sharing your interpretation.

It was delightful to see a mythological representation like this. Shampas various portrayals reminded me of Kruthi's performance in DID where she enacted Draupadi's vastraharan. That was another unforgettable and beautiful performance.

In classical Indian dance, as well as martial arts there are many dances depicting mythological tales. All very interesting. Other South East Asian cultures also have such mythological tales and dances. There are many Balinese dances on Ram katha too. Would be nice if someday we got to see the other Asian myth dances and martial arts dances too.

More genres, less masala please.


I'm glad you liked it.Big smile

I remember your post in which you had said that there is so much in India itself, why do they do all foreign dances, or mix Bollywood in everything (It was yours na? Or someone else's? Confused)

Anyways- the point is- when I saw the performance I remembered that post and thought that this was a very authentic performance, with almost no mish-mash and masala, except for the Bollywood soundtrack- but then the lyrics were going very well with the whole theme, so its okay. I almost felt as if Sushant-Shampa had read your post and devised this performance. LOL A very impressive performance it was, and both of them did very well.

I haven't seen much of DID, but I do know of the performance you are speaking of.

And yeah, even I would like to see more of such dances. Specifically, I want to see Sushant and Shampa doing the 'Gondhar' dance form of Maharashtra. I think they will do it well.


Edited by nikitagmc - 29 December 2010 at 12:41pm

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 12:43pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by nikitagmc



I have seen B.R. Chopra's Mahabharata as a child, so my knowledge is basically based on that only. At that time, I did not think much about culture and mythology- I just saw it as an interesting tale with nice twists and turns- my parents are to be credited for making me take interest in this. Later read a book version of the same cos I wanted to understand some of the loopholes I had missed out (I can't claim I remember every single detail though LOL). And now I like its philosophy and characters very much.

Regarding the 'our generation' point- LOL- must clarify that I'm of the young generation only- I'm studying in a medical college. Big smile But I understand what you are trying to say.

And I don't like Sheila ki Jawani.Dead But yeah, I like Munni badnaam hui.Big smile Do you know that the lyrics and tune (with some changes) is actually based on a folk song of UP?Shocked

BTW- B. R. Chopra's Mahabharata is STILL telecasted on TV, even after all these years.Big smile



Oh, I am feeling like an Auntie now Unhappy.....I am in my late 20s, but you are in college so you must be younger....and yet more knowledgeable!  I grew up on Mahabharata too, recall Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan too but back then was too young to like it, I preferred the antics of Mickey Mouse. Big smile But Mahabharata was an ADDICTION!! In those days, the streets would be deserted on Sunday mornings because everyone was at home watching it.

I really miss the days of Amar Chitra Katha, Panchatantra and Doordarshan. Thanks to Sushant and Shampa, it seems like those days are back, if only for  a while.

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Very good explanation Nikita, beautifulClap
thanks for it, I knew most of it except the Indra part. Karan was the most tragic person with tragic ending, it was as if he was doomed from the birth itselfCry I have lot of respect for him because of his characteristics of loyalty and unbiased kindness towards one and all.

B.R. Chopra' Mahabharat  should be national treasure. I still remember those sundays when it would be telecasted at 9am I think, we used to live in village and our home one of very few where TV was there and our living room would full of neighbours/friends/families to watch it. I remember our village had eletricity problem where we would lose it indefinitely, so my father would rent generator to just to see the Mahabharat. same used to happen with Ramayana as well.

thanks again


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I would suggest to all of you who love the Mahabharata to read the novel "The Palace of Illusions" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a beautiful interpretation of the epic from Draupadi's perspective, and goes into detail about her hidden passion for Karn.

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 12:58pm | IP Logged
@blyton & tamushi

I agree. Even I used to watch BR Chopra's Mahabharata every Sunday. And it still comes on Star Utsav. It has changed a lot of channels, but it still comes, and people still watch it. That serial and those actors have been imprinted in my mind to such an extent that when I think of Lord Krishna, Arjuna or Karna, then the faces of those actors come up in mind. LOL

The versions of Mahabharata that followed later were nothing. Ekta Kapoor in particular, did a bad job.

I didn't have this type of 'serial attachment' with Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana though- mainly cos I read it from a book first and then saw the serial.


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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 1:04pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by tamushi

. Karan was the most tragic person with tragic ending, it was as if he was doomed from the birth itselfCry I have lot of respect for him because of his characteristics of loyalty and unbiased kindness towards one and all.



At this juncture, I would like to add one more point for those who don't know much about Karna.

When he had been shot by Arjuna's arrow and was at his deathbed, then his father the Sun God and Lord Indra were debating about his generosity. So they came disguised as beggars, and asked him for alms. Dying and bleeding, Karna said that he had nothing to give them. One of them then pointed out that there was some gold in his tooth. (He probably had a tooth/filling of gold). So Karna broke his tooth with a stone Cry and gave it to the beggars.ClapClapClap

It was a sign of the way he had led his life.Star After that he died.Cry

Pity that the performance had to be done in 2 and a half minutes only, so they couldn't show this part.



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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 1:08pm | IP Logged
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I would suggest to all of you who love the Mahabharata to read the novel "The Palace of Illusions" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a beautiful interpretation of the epic from Draupadi's perspective, and goes into detail about her hidden passion for Karn.


Passion for Karna???Shocked

Okay, now I wasn't aware of this one.

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 1:09pm | IP Logged
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I'm glad you liked it.Big smile

I remember your post in which you had said that there is so much in India itself, why do they do all foreign dances, or mix Bollywood in everything (It was yours na? Or someone else's? Confused)

Anyways- the point is- when I saw the performance I remembered that post and thought that this was a very authentic performance, with almost no mish-mash and masala, except for the Bollywood soundtrack- but then the lyrics were going very well with the whole theme, so its okay. I almost felt as if Sushant-Shampa had read your post and devised this performance. LOL A very impressive performance it was, and both of them did very well.

I haven't seen much of DID, but I do know of the performance you are speaking of.

And yeah, even I would like to see more of such dances. Specifically, I want to see Sushant and Shampa doing the 'Gondhar' dance form of Maharashtra. I think they will do it well.


I've made quite a few posts criticizing too much Bollywood or natak/masala instead of trying to be authentic to dance forms.

 

For me dance is dance, I don't mind if it is western or foreign. Folk, classical, ballroom or martial arts based - there are many amazing dance forms in India and across the world. My main concern is that the themes reflect dance genres and more emphasis be given to technique and authenticity. If you do salsa, do the best salsa you can, If you do Bharatnatyam, do the best Bharatnatyam you can – don't mix Bollywood or other stuff unless a fusion is expected. The US version DWTS also has celebrities and non dancers but they do authentic stuff. I'm sure our choreographers can do brilliantly too if only we pushed them in the right direction. For starters, Sushant's dance this week was true to form and excellent. Salman and Vrushali too have been doing their best to be true to the style. Of course there will be hiccups as some dances are very testing on non dancers.

 

I was unaware of many of the smaller regional Indian dance forms until DID. I have to give credit to DID dance masters Terence, Geeta and Remo for showcasing a variety of dance form including unique regional ones.


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