Arts and entertainment
MONDAY, 2 APRIL 2012
A full house at the „Houseful 2‟ promotional bash
Top: Actors of Bollywood film „Houseful 2‟ (Left to Right) Ritesh Deshmukh, John Abraham, Shreyas Talpade, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan,Shazahn, Padamsee, Asin and Akshay Kumar wear creations by Aki Narula at a promotional event on March 31, 2012 in Mumbai. Below: Models walk the ramp during the event...Left: Star cast of the upcoming film „Houseful 2‟ on a hot air balloon ride during a promotional event on April 1, 2012 in Mumbai. Saarthak Aurora / Mumbai Weekly
Kathak on city stage A Kathak dancer prepares to perform in Mumbai in memory of Pt Hazarilalji on 22 March 2012. Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, literally means 'to tell a story'. It was mainly performed in villages of ancient India, where a nomadic group of people used this to tell mostly mythological, religious tales. Its origin can traced back to Uttar Pradesh, India. Kathak performers of the present time come mainly from three major schools or Gharanas, namely, Lucknow, Jaipur and Benares.
Nikhil Sangle / Mumbai Weekly
Inspired performances by „special‟ artists Where this is will there is a way. This spirit was epitomized by Manisha a physically challenged dancer who had the audience awestruck as she energetically danced for on the stage with her only leg during a performance which was part of a show put up by the visually impaired band „Udaan‟. Keeping with the spirit of the evening , when „Udaan‟, took to the stage, they took music to new heights. Transcending all barriers, they showed the packed audience, that nothing is impossible -- the band performed popular songs in perfect harmony. The evening kicked off to a pleasant surprise when popular film music composers, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy took to the stage and performed with the band. The evening passed quickly with foot tapping and soul stirring music performed by performers escorted, carried or wheel chaired on to the stage. A performance that moved everyone in the house was a young girl with just one leg who came on stage on crutches, left them by the side and embarked on a truly spell binding dance routine in her bright red ghaghra (ethnic Indian skirt). This was a true exhibition of human spirit and Udaan, true to its name, just kept raising the bar - their energy, consistency, talent and motivation was inspirational to all present.
Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly